Although the FBI has yet to conclude its investigation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed Tuesday that a vote will happen on Kavanaugh's nomination this week regardless of what the FBI finds.
President Donald Trump for the first time directly mocked Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by casting doubt on her testimony during a campaign rally.
"What neighbourhood was it in?" I don't know. Where's the house? I don't know. Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?
What Trump and his supporters appear to miss in those statements is that life has always been hard for some men; men who have lived in fear of being prosecuted unjustly.
"I wish he hadn't done it".
Mr Flake called the president's comments "appalling", and Ms Collins said they were "just plain wrong".
But the undecided senators - Flake, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, all Republicans; and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, both Democrats - are keeping an open mind. Kavanaugh was not arrested for the attack, but he and four other men were questioned by police.
But Sanders argued that Trump was simply pointing out gaps in Ford's testimony that had also been noted by sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who was hired by Republican senators to question her during the hearing.
On Wednesday he shot back in a speech on the Senate floor about what he said was harassment, saying, "We will not be intimidated by these people".
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"However, the tactic of the president laying low has been lauded by all sides, " Kilmeade continued, referencing the previous week-and-a-half in which Trump had mostly refrained from attacking the nominee's multiple accusers.
But he said they are not following up at all on Ramirez's account that Kavanaugh thrust his genitals in her face, forcing her to touch them without her consent, during an alcohol-fueled party when they were students at Yale University in the mid-1980s.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat, called Trump's comments "cruel", adding, "He sent a clear message to victims of sexual assault that they should not be believed".
Graham doubled down on his recommendation that Trump renominate Kavanaugh if the Senate fails to confirm him, which the SC senator said would turn November's midterms into a referendum on the vacant Supreme Court seat.
And if Trump and his supporters believe that there has been a monumental shift in recent years, as exemplified by the treatment of Kavanaugh, that suggests a disconnect with the realities of many men in America, including in MS, where he held his event. He added a vote for Hyde-Smith is a vote "for him".
He said the pressure will be on Democrats in predominantly red states that Trump won in 2016, such as Sens.
Speaking at a news conference at the White House on the reworked free trade agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico, Mr Trump said he wanted the investigation to "go quickly".
"We need to be briefed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, by the agent in charge", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said.
Some lawmakers say they worry the political fight over Kavanaugh's nomination is melding with the broader #MeToo movement in a way that could politicize the discussion of assault in general.