And the US Senate finally listened.
After Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) publicly announced his support for Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination this morning, the vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee appeared to be a foregone conclusion. Along the way, he was confronted by two angry women, Maria Gallagher and Ana Maria Archila.
Fox News host Chris Wallace warned that it would be a "big mistake" to disregard Christine Blasey Ford ahead of her Senate testimony on Thursday, citing recent conversations he's had with his own daughters.
"I told it because I recognized in Dr Ford's story that she is telling the truth", she told Flake, her voice breaking with emotion. What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit in the Supreme Court! This is not tolerable. You have children in your family! "They have to do what they think is right".
Ford says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while the two were in high school. "That what happened to me doesn't matter". The women protesting with them gained strength as they spoke.
Professor Christine Blasey Ford testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington.More news: Brett Kavanaugh FBI Investigation Won't Matter: Democrats have their minds made up
It was a change in tone for Trump from Thursday night, when he described Kavanaugh's testimony as "powerful, honest, and riveting". But the women were not disheartened.
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Flake, who was the last Senator to enter the room, looked visibly upset throughout the hearing, his hands clamped and his brows focused on the paneled table in front of him. Patrick Leahy, out in the hallway, told reporters of his Republican committee colleagues, "They're going to do whatever the White House and Mitch McConnell tells them to do".
On the tape, it is impossible to tell what effect the encounter had on Flake.
With a 51-49 majority, Senate Republicans have little margin for error on a final vote, especially given the fact that several Democrats facing tough re-election prospects this fall announced their opposition to Kavanaugh on Friday.More news: President Trump Calls Kavanaugh Allegations A "Big Fat Con Job"
Now, the FBI is likely "organizing their resources to ensure that every field office and every agent is available to conduct" the investigation within a week, said ABC News contributor and former FBI Special Agent in Charge Steve Gomez.
Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, another top GOP backer of Kavanaugh, told reporters he thought an FBI investigation was "overkill" but that he was ok with the idea.
But until the women blocked the elevator, none of that was going to happen.
Moreover, Grassley has said, the Judiciary Committee also already has federal investigators detailed to help it talk with people involved - they just come from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Archila, Gallagher and other grassroots political activists are reshaping the political landscape this fall. The two then stood and went into an anteroom, where they were joined by other senators, mostly Democrats.More news: Jose Mourinho Inisists There Is 'No Fallout' With Paul Pogba