Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegation and further sexual misconduct claims against him from two other women.
With a razor thin 51-49 margin, Trump needs the vote of every Republican senator to push through his nominee. If the nominee's supporters prevail in that vote, Kavanaugh could be confirmed this weekend to the nation's highest court.
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Stevens, who was appointed by Republican President Gerald Ford and who often sided with liberal justices on key rulings, said he initially thought Kavanaugh was qualified, but his "performance during the hearings caused me to change my mind".
Ramirez's lawyers provided the agents with a list of more than 20 witnesses, but as of late Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation hadn't interviewed any of the people who Ramirez believes could corroborate her account, according to the person close to Ramirez. He said the interview with Mr. Judge, for example, lasted about three hours.More news: Suspect in shooting of 7 officers bragged about gun skills
While Republicans confidently declared that a week-long FBI investigation found nothing to corroborate the allegations against President Donald Trump's court pick, opposition Democrats assailed the latest FBI probe as "incomplete" and constrained by a White House determined to push through the lifetime appointment of the conservative 53-year-old judge. The results of a Quinnipiac poll released on Monday show 48 percent of Americans are against the confirmation of Kavanaugh's nomination, while 42 percent are supportive.
"I was there as a son, husband and dad", he wrote. During her testimony in front of the committee, she said Kavanaugh covered her mouth to hide her screams as he grinded on her and attempted to remove her one-piece bathing suit.
A previously undecided Democratic senator, Heidi Heitkamp, said she would vote against Kavanaugh, citing "concerns about his past conduct" and questions about his "temperament, honesty and impartiality" after his angry, defiant testimony a week ago to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
And that has left a lot of people, including Senate Democrats, wondering just how complete this investigation was.
Cornyn also noted that the entire process could have been avoided if Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-California) went through the normal process and alerted committee members about the allegation when she first heard of it. Seven FBI investigations. So - what have we learned?More news: Dutch government says it disrupted Russian attempt to hack chemical weapons watchdog
"This has done more to wake up complacent Republican voters than anything I have seen", said Robert Cahaly, a pollster and senior strategist at The Trafalgar Group, a Republican-leaning consulting and polling firm.
Other women have also come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh, including Deborah Ramirez, who told The New Yorker that she remembers Kavanaugh exposing himself to her at a dormitory party. None of the allegations have been corroborated by the seventh FBI investigation. It was not clear why the 10th was not interviewed.
It will reopen Friday morning for senators to continue their reading.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a floor speech Wednesday that senators will not be intimidated out of doing their jobs.More news: Newly discovered 'goblin' world hints at the presence of Planet Nine