Even Mark Judge, who Ford says was in the bedroom when Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, has not denied that such an episode took place.
"Andrew King, a former Graham aide, said it like this: "Here's a guy who feels he has put himself out there on behalf of the judiciary, keeping the judiciary sacrosanct, making sure these hearings are about qualifications and not about anything more and he's been excoriated" in [South Carolina]".
"I don't believe my staff would leak it", Feinstein said in response to a question Thursday from Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas.
But Graham limited his belief exclusively to Feinstein, saying that he "likes" and "respects" the 85-year-old ranking minority member of the committee, which referred Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate on Friday. "You came to the wrong town at the wrong time", Graham said.
"I'm going to call for an investigation of what happened in this committee, whether he betrayed Dr. Ford's trust".
He called Democrats' "search and destroy strategy" disgraceful and said the process "has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct and resist".More news: Klopp Reveals What He Said To Shaqiri After Chelsea Defeat
In remarks to reporters during a break in the hearing, Graham urged Republicans to stand strong on Kavanaugh in the face of the "uncorroborated" allegations against him and threatened Democrats over the "new norm" he said they're establishing.
President Donald Trump on Saturday pushed back on reports that the White House had ordered the FBI to limit the scope of the investigation, including the number of alleged witnesses, writing in a tweet that "I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion".
"You're looking for a fair process?"
Meanwhile, the Kavanaugh hearing is opening the door to conversations about the larger issue of sexual assault from everyday citizens.
"I feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual harassment and rape", she said.
"If you wanted an FBI investigation, you could have come to us!"
"I've been through hell and then some", the judge responded.
I'm shocked that not one media outlet is reporting the fact that during the hearing, she didn't know that the committee was willing to go to California.