Rachel Mitchell, the outside prosecutor hired by Senate Republicans, took some heat last week for the methodical manner in which she questioned Christine Blasey Ford, the college professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school more than 35 years ago. But Ludington said he "cringed" when he watched Kavanaugh describe his drinking on a Fox News TV interview and in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"I don't think what he said is any different than what Justice Thomas said", Grassley said.
"I tell myself, 'You give a little leeway because of what he's been through.' But on the other hand, we can't have this on the court".
"The goal posts keep shifting", he said on the Senate floor as he accused Democrats of devising endless delays. "Almost everyone did. Sometimes I had too many beers".
Kavanaugh's confirmation hinges on a handful of key Republican and Democratic senators who have not yet fully tipped their votes.
Dom Cozzolino, the man who allegedly was injured in a bar fight involving U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, went to work in his shabby office in an aging strip mall near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., today as the controversy about Kavanaugh's future continued to swirl.
But if Collins votes against Kavanaugh, she will nearly certainly face a "credible primary challenger" from the right, as Matthew Gagnon, a ME conservative and former campaign operative for Senate Republicans, recently told the Globe.
President Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday before boarding Marine One for a trip to Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
"If his nomination were to fall short, I would encourage President Trump to re-nominate Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Graham said in a statement. Kavanaugh, whose Senate confirmation has been thrown into doubt by the accusations, has denied the claims by all three women.
The Senate's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, accused Kavanaugh of delivering a "partisan screed" during the judiciary committee hearing last week.
Third, this investigation should also include analysis of documentary evidence that is obviously relevant to these allegations, such as Kavanaugh's calendar and the employment records of Mark Judge, whom Ford claims was in the room during the alleged assault.
President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday that the FBI had the authority to interview anyone it desired, pushing back against charges by Senate Democrats that the White House was limiting the scope of the investigation.
A lawyer for Mr Judge - a childhood friend of Mr Kavanaugh - said on Monday that his client's interview "has not been completed".
Democrats, McConnell said, "will not be satisfied unless they have brought down Judge Kavanaugh's nomination". Trump subsequently ordered the investigation.
Two other people who Ford said attended the same party have also been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The FBI interviewed a separate accuser over the weekend - Deborah Ramirez, who has said Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when both were students at Yale University in the 1980s.
Swetnick has not. She alleged in an affivadit that Kavanaugh engaged in "abusive and physically aggressive behaviour towards girls" at parties in Maryland in the early 1980s.
It was not clear if McConnell was referring to a final vote or an initial, procedural vote that would likely not be definitive.