After remaining undecided on whether Kavanaugh's nomination should move forward, Murkowski rendered her decision Friday in dramatic fashion. Would anyone be the least bit surprised if the Democrats produced another Kavanaugh accuser before Saturday's vote?
The senator said she spoke with Judge Kavanaugh in her office for two hours, an additional hour on the phone and dozens of her own constituents before making her decision.
An angry Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on the Senate floor that "the fix was in from the very beginning". Or maybe another former Supreme Court Justice?
Kavanaugh's demeanor and conduct during the hearing alarmed the law professors.
As they talked to reporters, a Democratic senator who had been seen as a potential vote for Kavanaugh, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, said she would oppose his confirmation.
Experts are split about whether the Kavanaugh uproar will fuel Republican or Democratic turnout, but Trump insisted that the "harsh and unfair" treatment of Kavanaugh by Democrats is having "an incredible upward impact on voters".
Democrat senators are not satisfied that the investigation was thorough enough.
Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had been a swing vote on a panel now equally divided between four conservative and four liberal justices.
Decrying the Kavanaugh confirmation process as "dysfunctional", Collins noted that some of her colleagues had rushed to announce their opposition to his nomination.
Murkowski has expressed unease with the sexual assault allegations lodged against Kavanaugh, which he denies.
The American Bar Association said Friday it's re-examining its "well qualified" rating of Kavanaugh because of "new information of a material nature regarding temperament" during the hearing.
The Senate is expected take an initial vote on Friday morning.
For one thing, appellate court judges are "bound by Supreme Court and circuit precedent", and "not normally in a position to espouse freely their views on particular legal issues", CRS said.
The FBI investigated claims made by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh tried to rape her while both were in high school and by Deborah Ramirez that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while both were in college.
She described "uproarious laughter" by Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh's who has said he doesn't recall such an incident. Kavanaugh's testimony was a disturbing and disrespectful break from judicial norms, she said.
The lawyers of both women have also complained that several witnesses they had offered to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to corroborate their claims had not been contacted at all. Two other women emerged and accused him of other incidents of sexual misconduct.
Hundreds of protesters against Judge Kavanaugh were arrested in Washington DC, on Thursday, including comedian Amy Schumer.
Trump mocked Ford on Tuesday during a political rally in Mississippi.
"It won't reflect well on the Supreme Court", she said. Journal to refute Ford's charges and in which he admitted he may have been too emotional times during his testimony.
Democrats meanwhile condemned the investigation - the parameters of which were reportedly set by the White House - as preordained. Don't forget social media.