SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh's claims that he wasn't a problematic drinker back in his Georgetown Prep and Yale days continue to unravel after the New York Times unearthed a police report from 1985 suggesting that the then-college student incited a bar brawl in New Haven.
Ford's attorneys say they heard nothing from anyone at the bureau; they say it is "inconceivable" that the agency could conduct a deeper inquiry into the allegations against Kavanaugh without interviewing Ford.
NBC News reported Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was indeed not planning to interview Ford or Kavanaugh.
Trump and Senate Republicans have instructed the FBI to investigate it and any other "credible allegations" against him, but the president also said "speed" was important in the process. If every Democrat votes no, Republicans can lose only one R vote and still confirm Kavanaugh. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., weighed in, saying at The Atlantic event that Kavanaugh was "hysterical" during the Senate hearing.
That means if all the Democrats vote against Kavanaugh, Trump could not afford to have more than one Republican oppose his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote.
Protesters have also focused on two other senators who are undecided on Kavanaugh - moderate Republicans Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
President Donald Trump says he wants to "see what happens" with the FBI investigation into his embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has emphatically denied all accusations of sexual misconduct.
Ford said Kavanaugh tried to remove her clothes and held his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming. Kavanaugh was asked if he drank daily and how much he drank each day.
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, considered a swing vote on the nomination, refused to be drawn into the issue of Kavanaugh's credibility or the timing of an eventual vote on Tuesday.
Sitting Supreme Court Justices often teach courses affiliated with universities during the summer months. "If we took 10 years, they'd want more time", he groused.
"It's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of", Mr Trump told reporters.
He said the Democrats are undermining Mr Kavanaugh's credibility and are "willing to do anything or hurt anyone" to submarine his agenda. "I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name - and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building - against these last-minute allegations".
"I was very troubled by the tone of the remarks", he said.
Although Ludington acknowledged in his statement to the Washington Post that although he does "not believe heavy drinking or even loutish behavior of an 18 or even 21-year-old should condemn a person for the rest of his life", his belief that Kavanaugh had fudged the details of his college experience in front of a Senate committee seemed to be the true sticking point. "But this case is even weaker than that", Mitchell writes in the memo, being sent Sunday night to all Senate Republicans.
Mitchell, who did not address Kavanaugh's testimony in her statement, pointed out that the Senate confirmation hearing is not a trial, but she said she provided her assessment based on a legal context. Although she asked Ford all of the questions posed by Republican senators, she asked Kavanaugh only two rounds of questions until GOP senators began speaking again.
Several other women have accused Kavanaugh of various forms of sexual misconduct.