The FBI has interviewed a man who Christine Blasey Ford said attended the same party where she said she was attacked by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the 1980s.
What did the public at large think? It was now a question about the future legitimacy of the Supreme Court itself; whether one of the three branches of government would retain a semblance of apolitical credibility in hyper partisan times. Independent voters, who supported Kavanaugh 45 - 39 percent September 10, oppose his confirmation 49 - 39 percent today. He also says he stands by Kavanaugh, who's denied the allegations.
At face value, the fact that opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination has gone up in the wake of his testimony won't help persuade on-the-fence senators.
Last week, Donald Trump held a press conference at the United Nations, and a reporter asked about the message American women have received from the president's defense of Kavanaugh, and his willingness to dismiss the controversy as a "con job".
But Coons said Kavanaugh's emotional opening statement and sharp exchanges with Sens. The agency is conducting a one-week investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the federal judge that date back to high school.
"Having the FBI go out and do a thorough investigation, whether it's three days or seven days - I think it's going to be less than a week - having them do a thorough investigation, I actually think it will be a blessing in disguise". Trump's fellow Republicans control the Senate by a narrow 51-49 margin. Chris Coons for a joint interview on 60 Minutes on Sunday to talk about the dramatic events that led to the Kavanaugh FBI probe.
Trump says he's still hopeful that Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate and that he doesn't want to discuss alternative nominees.
The White House is the FBI's "client" requesting the background investigation - albeit at the Senate Judiciary Committee's request - and therefore the White House, not the Senate, has set the ground rules. Several Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans have mocked Democrats' focus on Kavanaugh's drinking. "They're not answering because this is so unfair, Mr. Chairman", said another unseen Democratic senator.
Ms Ramirez's lawyer, John Clune, said agents want to interview her and she has agreed to cooperate. "They're not", Kennedy said.
Republicans later called the White House to discuss the scope of the probe, the person said.
But he said Kavanaugh then accused the Clintons of revenge and the Democrats upset over Trump's 2016 election win of carrying out a smear campaign.
The president's eldest son has been a strong defender of Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct.
Sanders spoke on "Fox News Sunday", Conway appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and Graham and Hirono were interviewed on ABC's "This Week".
The sex crimes prosecutor who questioned a California women accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault is explaining why she would not bring criminal charges against the Supreme Court nominee.