To Ford's advocates, Feinstein is a hero who has drawn attention to a victim's trauma and is holding a powerful abuser to account.
After a dramatic day-long hearing at which a university professor accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down and assaulting her at a party in the 1980s, the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier Friday approved his nomination in a preliminary vote along party lines.
Murkowski also faces the prospect of a primary challenge from the right should she break with her party. But not if she backs Kavanaugh.
An attorney for PJ Smyth, another person who Ford said was in the house when she was attacked, said his client "is happy to cooperate fully with this FBI investigation". And I thought that Brett's testimony, likewise, was really something that I haven't seen before.
"This was a woman with no political background who made an attempt to call the front office of her Congresswoman. I continue to strongly support Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court".
Heitkamp, Donnelly and Manchin all joined Republicans to confirm Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017, acknowledging the fact that the Supreme Court was a top issue driving Trump voters in the presidential election. "Is he the best we can do?" After the hearing, Trump tweeted that "Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him". She is running in her sixth Senate race this year and is expected to win.
'I'm very empathetic to women who've been through this type of situation, ' said Mace, 40. Lindsey Graham - who gave a fiery defense of Kavanaugh after the judge's testimony Thursday - said Graham's office has received as many women calling in support of Kavanaugh as in opposition.
Cindy Noyes, a registered Republican in ME, attended public schools with Collins and usually agrees with her. Feinstein received the letter in late July from Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Bay Area Democrat, who had gotten it from Ford.
On Friday, the White House agreed to ask the FBI to investigate "current credible allegations" as a part of Kavanaugh's background check.
In the interview, she acknowledges gaps in her memory caused by alcohol that night, which is said to have made her hesitant to come forward when contacted. Chuck Grassley, was even harsher in his criticism of Feinstein.
Thursday's hearing bruised a nation.
The committee wants the investigation to be finished in no more than one week.
"Throughout this process, I've been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, I've done a number of "background" calls directly with the Senate, and yesterday, I answered questions under oath about every topic the senators and their counsel asked me".
Eleven Senate Judiciary Committee members voted to support Kavanaugh's nomination.
"This country's being ripped apart", said Flake.
Flake, as IJR noted, called for an FBI investigation after two women confronted him on an elevator on Friday - an encounter that, he said, "struck a chord".