"They've humiliated this guy enough and there seems to be no bottom", Graham told reporters after the release of an Federal Bureau of Investigation report from a week-long, supplemental background check into misconduct allegations.
"I think we went out of our way to try to bend to her wishes", Durbin said.
Kavanaugh said he was more emotional during the hearing than he has ever been before and that he "might have been too emotional at times" during his testimony due to "vile and violent threats" that his wife and daughters have faced in recent weeks.
"This is what democracy looks like!" protesters shouted outside the Supreme Court, voicing their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court but somehow speaking for everyone on every side on a day of passion, chaos and outcome.
The column published on Thursday is the first time in more than 30 years that the newspaper's editorial board urged senators to reject a nominee to the high court.
A hefty police presence added an air of anxiety, as did thousands of noisy anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators who gathered outside the Supreme Court and in Senate office buildings.
HIRONO deflects when asked point-blank about whether FBI report contains any corroborating evidence against Kavanaugh: "This is not a comprehensive FBI investigation on which we can draw conclusions".
The Senate, in which the Republican have a narrow 51-49 majority, is due to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Saturday. If so, that could be enough for a Trump victory.
Two Republican "no" votes could sink the nomination.
The Post's editorial board said of Kavanaugh: "Unfortunately - and unnecessarily; it didn't have to be this way - too many questions remain about his history for senators to responsibly vote 'yes, '" The Post said.
Grassley said he doesn't blame his undecided Republican colleagues for holding their cards closely. "Who among us would not have been outraged by having a lifetime record drug through the mud with accusations that can not be proven".
The report has not been released to the public. "There's nothing in it that we didn't already know". Two other women also emerged and accused him of other incidents of sexual misconduct.
"I believe Kavanaugh is part of a Big Old Boys club that is going to protect him no matter what", said Angela Trzepkowski, 55, from Delaware.
The document indicates that 11 people were contacted to interview, 10 of whom followed through. And when Wray was serving in the deputy attorney general's office under President George W. Bush, Kavanaugh was a deputy White House counsel.
Responding to criticism from the other side of the aisle, Trump tweeted on Thursday that "this is now the seventh time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh".
Prof Ford, a California academic, accused him of pinning her to a bed and groping her drunkenly at a 1982 house party when both were teenagers.
Kavanaugh, 53, made his own closing argument Thursday in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, acknowledging that he had become "very emotional" in last week's Judiciary Committee hearing because he was defending himself against 'wrongful and sometimes vicious allegations'. He forcefully denied the allegations.
Her testimony and the accusations of the other women have turned the Kavanaugh battle into the latest chapter in the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault.
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