The chaos that has characterized Kavanaugh's entire confirmation process returned briefly after the Judiciary Committee voted, with Democrats seizing on Flake's speech to reiterate their call for additional investigation and Grassley abruptly adjourning the meeting after they had spoken their peace.
Hirono was referring to the accounts brought forward by Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, who have leveled sexual assault or misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh stemming from his high school to his college years.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were homing in on a potential witness to interview on Friday night, shortly after President Donald Trump authorized the agency to conduct a supplemental background check on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, sources in a Los Angeles Times report published Friday. Senate GOP leaders then signalled that they would agree to a postponement and Trump said he would order the official probe. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), requesting a one-week FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations.
Ugly Betty star America Ferrera said on an appearance on The View, which she re-posted to Instagram: "I saw a committee of white men be angry and I wanted to say to them - 'I take your anger and I raise you millions of women and decent men in this country who are also angry and furious".
Hours earlier the committee had voted to advance Judge Kavanaugh through the panel on a party-line vote - but only after Sen.
"It's not the FBI investigation that sparks the fear like it is just another week of this", one White House official said.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have demanded for days that the FBI investigate the allegation against Kavanaugh.
The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Brett Kavanaugh is a seriously damaged nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, besieged by allegations of sexual assault and now raising new concerns about his combative demeanor and political objectivity. During the procedural vote, Republican Sen. Dr. Ford's testimony was a powerful moment for our country, and I am grateful to her and all the fearless women who were inspired by her to speak out and share their own stories. Jeff Flake, a pivotal Republican, threw a wrench in the works.
Flake, who, just moments before, had issued a statement saying he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, stood mostly silent for more than five minutes inside an open elevator in the Russell Senate Office Building, as the women tried to convince him to keep Kavanaugh off the court.
She said Kavanaugh and a friend of his, Mark Judge, were drunk at the 1982 party when they pushed her into a bedroom.
"I can tell you I had tears running down my cheeks", Mendler said.
Ford's sister-in-law, Sandra Mendler, also said she wept from watching her testimony. Still, one official involved in the confirmation process said that while Trump has expressed some frustration with the timing, he generally believes that McGahn and McConnell have the Supreme Court and other judicial nomination fights figured out.