Even if only some of those issues come before the justices "we might be talking about this term as one of those blockbuster years that is comparable to what we saw last year", Francisco said. Kavanaugh's partisan rant last week against Democrats - who pushed for an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into decades-old sexual assault allegations against him - threatened to undermine the Supreme Court's effort to appear independent and above politics.
Republicans had hoped to have Kavanaugh confirmed in time for the court's first public meeting since late June, an addition that would cement conservative control of the court.
The Republican president was sympathetic to Kavanaugh, saying the nominee has been treated unfairly and that he believes Kavanaugh did not lie about the extent of his drinking in high school and college during testimony before the Senate panel on Thursday.
In the legal context, here is my bottom line: A "he said, she said" case is incredibly hard to prove.
Rachel Mitchell writes in a new memo sent to Senate Republicans that she does not believe a "reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., crafted a one-week delay on the floor vote that would allow the FBI to investigate allegations against Kavanaugh by Ford and at least one other accuser. "Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them". He has vehemently denied all allegations.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
This includes his former girlfriend Elizabeth Rasor, who has information on the alleged sexual misconduct at parties Kavanaugh attended, and Yale classmate Charles Ludington, who can testify to Kavanaugh's alleged history with alcohol. "On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett, I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man's face and starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail".
Coons, for his part, said Kavanaugh's interactions with some of the Democratic senators "went over a line", calling the Supreme Court nominee "clearly belligerent - aggressive, angry".
"If truth were the only goal, there would be no clock, and the investigation wouldn't have been sought after the Senate judiciary committee already endorsed the nominee", he wrote.More news: Shaw slams 'horrendous' and 'awful' Manchester United
" 'She has agreed to cooperate with their investigation, ' Ramirez attorney John Clune said in a statement". In September, however, she told the Washington Post that Kavanaugh, then a junior in high school, attacked her when they were at a party in Maryland in the early 1980s.
"As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week", Trump released in a statement Friday.
Last Friday, Mr Trump ordered a one-week delay in a vote on Mr Kavanaugh so that the FBI could investigate the sexual misconduct claims. Chief among them is the Judiciary's Committee's ranking member, Sen.
"The one thing I want is speed", Trump added. "It's about how does it affect you", said Graham. Jeff Flake (Ariz.), said Monday that he is planning to have conversations with the White House to ensure the FBI investigation is "up to standard". In a letter Sunday, she also asked for updates on any expansion of the original directive.
"We certainly want the FBI to do a real investigation and we are working to make sure that happens", Flake said at an event in Boston. With confirmation in sight, they were in no mood to brook more calls from Democrats for further delays and investigations.
Republicans control 51 seats in the closely divided 100-member Senate and can not afford to lose more than one vote on confirmation. Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote if the Senate is evenly split.
"She stated that she ran out of the house after coming downstairs and did not state that she made a phone call from the house before she did, or that she called anyone else thereafter", the sex prosecutor noted.