Only 24 hours earlier, the senators heard compelling testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, the California university professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
Through tears, they implored him to change his mind about how he would vote. "I don't believe the other one", Sen.
But as Keyser revealed last weekend, she has no recollection of the events Ford alleges. And in the most lurid allegation yet, Swetnick of Washington said in a sworn statement released Wednesday that Kavanaugh took part in efforts during high school to get girls intoxicated so that a group of boys could have sex with them.
If not, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will schedule a final confirmation vote.
Kavanaugh has angrily denied the allegation that he sexually assaulted Ford at a gathering at a home in suburban Washington.
In what has become the year of the woman in national politics, there are no easy answers for a party aligned with a president who has dismissed more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct of his own.
The Senate Judiciary Committee gave Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh a favorable recommendation Friday afternoon, a move that will advance his nomination to the full Senate for an up-or-down vote.
Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called for a vote that would set up a later vote on Kavanaugh's nomination by the committee. "I'm standing right here in front of you", one woman said.
She said: "I think if it had been just me, just me and Maria telling our stories, it would have had no outcome".
President Trump ordered the investigation Friday after the committee affirmed Kavanaugh's nomination, sending it on for a full Senate vote.
Meanwhile, Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday that he would do "whatever they think is necessary" for a vote on Kavanaugh, meaning he might be open to an FBI investigation.
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee listen as Sen. "In fact, I commented at the time that had he been nominated in another era, he would have likely received 90+ votes".
The letter comes after emotional testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh about the allegation at a committee hearing Thursday. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska would do the same. Susan Collins - have also avoided taking a firm position so far.
Some time later, Flake came back in and dropped a bombshell.
"Don't look away from me", she said.
The president also expressed confidence in the confirmation process as an 11th-hour demand from a key Republican senator again threatened to derail the timeline for a Senate vote.
Meanwhile, the political standoff continued, with broadcasters interrupting regular programming for Friday's last-minute twist: an agreement engineered by Arizona Sen. Joe Donnelly and Montana Sen.
The tension in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room was nearly unbearable in the hours and minutes before Sen. The campaign features a video on social media and a series of direct text messages. She is running in her sixth Senate race this year and is expected to win. After Ford's testimony, he endorsed calls for an expanded Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry.
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