GOP senators expect pivotal Federal Bureau of Investigation report on Kavanaugh shortly

"This is a very hard time". "President Trump's attacks are even more cruel when you consider that Dr. Ford specifically recalled the pain of Brett Kavanaugh and (alleged co-assailant) Mark Judge laughing at her". Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher, two activists opposed to Kavanaugh, approached Flake in an elevator last week, just after he announced that he meant to vote for him.

The FBI investigation was launched Friday, one day after Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school party.

As the investigation of past actions continues, lawmakers in both parties are parsing Kavanaugh's testimony from last week.

According to the police report, Kavanaugh was reluctant to say whether "he threw the ice or not".

At the same time, a backlash to that backlash has begun brewing in conservative circles.

Collins told reporters Wednesday morning that Trump's remarks about Ford were "just plain wrong".

In Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is certain that the FBI's report will be finished and the Senate will vote on Kavanaugh's nomination this week. This is the most misogynist display of barbaric insensitivity I've ever seen.

The Kavanaugh confirmation battle comes against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men. He has denied every accusation.

"It's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of". "In this realm, you're truly guilty until proven innocent". Noting that Ford did not remember in what house the incident allegedly occurred, or how she left the gatheringand got back home, Mitchell said "her inability to remember this detail raises significant questions".

"What neighborhood was it in?"

"I don't have any problem stating facts, no", Sanders said, snarking, "I know that is something that you probably do have a problem with". I knew Brett at Yale because I was a classmate and a varsity basketball player and Brett enjoyed socializing with athletes. "I don't know but I had one beer that's the only thing I remember!" A man who had a brief extramarital affair with Swetnick said that she enjoyed group sex and suffered from psychological issues. "A man's life is shattered". But she's made some strong comments about Ford and her testimony, making that less clear.

"We want Kavanaugh, we want Kavanaugh", the crowd chanted. "We want Kavanaugh!" had quieted.

Mr Trump also pretended to be a son asking his mother how to respond to an accusation. "Think of your husband", while claiming he has had "many false allegations" against him.

The president's tone on Ford's testimony stood in sharp contrast to his assessment last week.

In March, Flake told New Hampshire Republicans that someone needs to stop Trump in the 2020 presidential contest.

"How many years ago was it?"

Additionally, Ford's former partner said that he witnessed her coaching a friend on how to take a polygraph test - which, if true, would mean that she lied to prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who asked specifically if the professor had ever "given any tips or advice to anyone who was looking to take a polygraph test".

Judge Brett Kavanaugh returns from a break in his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018.