"At this very moment, the issue is moving so fast that accurate predictions are hard to make", said Steven Law, who leads the super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would continue to back Kavanaugh, and he does not think an FBI investigation of allegations against him is necessary before the hearing.
But the Department of Justice, referring back to a statement released Monday, says the Federal Bureau of Investigation fulfilled its role by forwarding a letter to the White House Counsel's Office. Ford said she decided it was her "civic responsibility" to come forward, and now a new hearing will take place.
When Cooper pressed Banks on multiple occasions about whether Ford would appear on Monday if the FBI concluded an investigation by then, Banks claimed that "no legitimate investigation is going to happen between now and Monday" and "nothing of substance and nothing legitimate can happen by Monday".
The decision to have Thomas and Hill testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as Kavanaugh and his accuser will do next Monday, had far-reaching implications for American politics and society's efforts to grapple with sexual harassment in the workplace.
"It's impossible to miss the parallels between the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing of 2018 and the 1991 confirmation hearing for Justice Clarence Thomas, " wrote Hill, who famously accused Thomas, among other things, of picking up a soda can when they worked together and asking, "Who has put pubic hair on my Coke?"
Thomas was confirmed - though by a 52-28 margin, the closest in modern history - but only after days of testimony from witnesses about his interactions with Hill in different government jobs. The others are Nevada Sen.
The nomination could still proceed if Flake voted against Kavanaugh in committee, but it would likely be labeled as unfavorable.
Heller is the most vulnerable of the three and the National Abortion Rights Action League wasted no time Monday in increasing the pressure on Heller to oppose Kavanaugh. No Democrat on the committee is expected to vote for Kavanaugh, so if Republicans want to send him to the Senate floor with a favorable recommendation, they all need to vote "yes".
The committee's 10 Democratic members want to delay the planned vote and allow for an FBI investigation before the panel moves forward. The development offered some respite to several vulnerable Democrats who are facing re-election in Republican-leaning states and who had avoided taking a firm position on Kavanaugh's nomination. They've had this information, they did not ask him about it and now we're kind of going through that.
A cautious Indiana Sen.
"I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone ask me to be involved", Judge said in a statement relayed to the committee by his lawyer. Those witnesses would include Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who Ford said was in the room when she was assaulted, but Judge said no. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegation, and Judge says he doesn't remember any such incident.
The original letter, released only a short time after news of the allegations were made public, led some to believe the GOP knew of the allegations and had already prepared. Sen.
As for Hatch's potential replacements, Mitt Romney says "her accusation is serious; she deserves to be given a full and respectful opportunity to testify before the judiciary committee".