"You are allowing someone who is unwilling to take responsibility for his own actions, unwilling to hold the harm that he has done to one woman - actually three women - and fix it... to sit in the highest court in the country".
I like to think, however, that it's thanks to the woman who confronted Senator Flake in an elevator after he released his statement that he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., asked Kavanaugh, who laughed and declined to answer.
Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley said that the committee requested of the White House to instruct the FBI to carry out the investigation, which would be "limited to current credible allegations".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump would get his wish, with the Judiciary Committee - which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats - set to vote on its recommendation Friday before the nomination goes to the full Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 51-49 edge.
The Senators issued a joint statement on Wednesday urging Trump to withdraw his Supreme Court nominee after a third woman came forward accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
The scope of the investigation that FBI agents will undertake now is unclear.
The Judiciary Committee's chair, Sen.
"What really I wanted to do, is to meet with some of my Democratic colleagues and say 'What would cause you to say we have a better process". Flake often appeared conflicted and pained as senators engaged in a contentious debate over the nomination.
The curiosity inside the Dirksen Senate Office Building hearing room grew as more and more senators shuffled in and out of the back room for the discussions, which Collins called into via phone. "If you had just sexually assaulted one of the two girls, would you add the girls' names to your calendar?"
After a procedural vote, the full 100-member Senate is expected to take action next week.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX reacts to Sen.
"The American people have been pulled apart by this entire spectacle and we need to take time to address these claims independently, so that our country can have confidence in the outcome of this vote", Manchin said in a statement.
Then she let Flake have it.
"The consequences will extend long past my nomination", Kavanaugh said.
Ford accused Kavanaugh of improper sexual behavior in the 1980s, when they were both in high school. This year an email revealed that while at the White House he might have been involved in some conversations about this program. But what exactly the FBI will investigate still remains a mystery. And five days of hearings, during which Judge Kavanaugh testified for almost 40 hours. But, as she said, you have to look at the institution.
Trump is telling advisers that he wants to stick by Kavanaugh.
A vote to allow Kavanaugh a position on the Supreme Court will now head to the Senate floor, and could occur as early as Saturday.
In Kavanaugh's case, the agents will likely have particular interest in speaking with Mark Judge.
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard explosive testimonies from Kavanaugh and Ford. Another Kavanaugh accuser alleges that Judge and Kavanaugh sought on multiple occasions in high school to drug inebriated girls for nonconsensual sex with multiple boys - an accusation Kavanaugh has strongly denied.
"Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him", the president tweeted just minutes after the close of the hearing. He was viewed as a possible no vote, until the announcement on Friday morning. Several lawyers considered him inexperienced, and one said he "dissembled" in the courtroom.