Kavanaugh was initially set to face a Senate vote earlier this week, but the three Republicans abruptly joined Democrats on Friday in demanding an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into allegations by California professor Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when both were in high school in 1982.
Harcourt said they signed out of concern about a rush to judgment, in the belief that for the Senate to elevate Kavanaugh "without full information and deliberation to the Supreme Court would undermine the respect owed" to the institution.
He and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both teenagers, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
A public policy analyst contends that despite the loud protests and delaying tactics from Senate Democrats, Brett Kavanaugh ultimately will be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. 'I don't know.' Where's the house? 'I don't know.' What neighborhood was it? I don't know - but I had one beer. Mr. Leader, assert your power to determine what's put on the floor, and be a man. Man up and say it's your decision, not ours.
"There is no time and no place for remarks like that, but to discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right". "It's kind of appalling".
CNN quoted her as saying on Wednesday morning: "The president's comments were just plain wrong". Kavanaugh's confirmation could come down to Sens.
I don't even know him. "Wholly inappropriate and entirely unacceptable" chimed in Murkowski.
Kavanaugh has denied Ford's accusation as well as allegations by two other women, all dating from the 1980s.
Senator Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, complained in an interview with Reuters that the White House had not responded to requests for documents detailing its instructions to the FBI about the scope of its investigation of Kavanaugh. While some senators from both parties have said they'd like at least a summary of the findings to be released, Senate procedures call for such checks to be kept confidential. Two red state Democrats senators up for re-election in November, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, have also yet to take a position on Kavanaugh.
Trump's fellow Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin. If all the Democrats oppose Kavanaugh, Trump can not afford to lose the support of more than one Republican for his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tiebreaking vote.
Instead, the bureau interviewed three people who Ford said attended the party: Mark Judge, Patrick Smyth and Leland Keyser.
Opposition among Americans to Kavanaugh has increased since last week's hearing, Reuters/Ipsos polling data showed on Wednesday.
But last week he took the gloves off, ripping into Democrats for what he called "a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fuelled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election" and "revenge on behalf of the Clintons." Sen.
The two committee Democrats who did not sign the letter were Senators Chris Coons of DE and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.
The idea that people in the US are wrongfully "guilty until proven innocent" is an idea that wasn't manifesting itself politically on the right until last week, GOP pollster Frank Luntz told The Washington Post. Asked whether the President's attack would sway her vote, she answered: "I am taking everything into account".
"It is inconceivable that the FBI could conduct a thorough investigation of Dr Ford's allegations without interviewing her, Judge Kavanaugh, or the witnesses we have identified in our letters to you", Dr Ford's lawyers said in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Sanders also blasted Democrats, accusing them of launching a "full-scale assault on" Kavanaugh's integrity.
Charles "Chad" Ludington, a college friend of Kavanaugh's, has related the following story about a confrontation between a person who may or may not have been the band's lead singer after a concert in 1985, according to Bloomberg News.