Mr. Flake announced support for Judge Kavanaugh earlier in the morning but as committee debate dragged on Friday the Arizona Republican began to rethink his decision. He said before the vote that he, in agreement with Democrats, would be calling for a one-week delay to allow the FBI to investigate.
"Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him".
Once the afternoon vote on Kavanaugh was scheduled, Harris, Blumenthal and Sen.
Rachel Mitchell was chosen by the GOP to question Ford, who has claimed Kavanaugh sexual assaulted her when they were teenagers in 1982. "The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process, but you have replaced advice and consent with search and destroy", he opined.
Through a spokeswoman, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Kavanaugh's nomination should not proceed without a full investigation of the allegations.
Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska told reporters they support a deal reached among senators to delay a vote on Kavanaugh.
As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh angrily called the sexual assault allegations against him a "circus" and an effort at "character assassination", President Donald Trump was watching at the White House and was pleased with his aggressive tone, according to administration officials. She also claims she herself was assaulted at these parties - although she has not implicated Kavanaugh specifically as one of her assailants.
Republicans control the Senate by a narrow 51-49 majority. Democrats have been calling for such an probe, though Republicans and the White House have insisted it's unnecessary.
"A lot of this would be substantiated if there was an investigation, which is what we want", said Avenatti.
"I said that because I believe professor Ford", Baker said.
Senator Flake, in an unprecedented move, said he would be "uncomfortable" fully confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court without a full FBI investigation first.
Grassley has brushed aside Democrats' calls for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into Ford's allegation. Shortly after, he was confronted in an elevator by two women who, through tears, implored him to change his mind.
Grassley has also pointed out that the ranking Democrat on the committee, Sen. "And their having fun at my expense", Ford responded, adding, "They were laughing with each other".
In his comments about Ford's testimony, Trump said, "certainly she was a very credible witness".
One of the biggest disputes in the Brett Kavanaugh saga has not been over what questions should be asked about the alleged sexual misconduct of which he's been accused and which he strongly denies - but who asks them.