On Thursday morning, Collins voiced reservations about moving forward on Kavanaugh's confirmation without issuing a subpoena to his friend Mark Judge, who Ford claimed was in the room when he allegedly assaulted her in the 1980s.
Mr Graham blamed Democrats for the hearing's partisan nature, saying they sat on allegations against Mr Kavanaugh for weeks and then sprung them on the nominee at the last minute in a desperate attempt to prevent his confirmation.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018.
"I love Kavanaugh's tone", Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.
There was initially expected to be a procedural vote on the Senate floor on Saturday, with Republican leaders' looking to hold a final Senate vote early next week, but given the concerns from Flake, that could now change.
Republicans' margin for error in the full Senate is slim.
They predicted that if the three back Kavanaugh, he will be confirmed.
"Of the 11 Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, only the vote of GOP Sen".
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Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Ford are the only witnesses invited to give evidence before the panel.
The confirmation process of 53-year-old Kavanaugh has found itself in jeopardy after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him as a teenager from a number of women. "Throughout this process, I've been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, I've done a number of "background" calls directly with the Senate, and yesterday, I answered questions under oath about every topic the Senators and their counsel asked me". But he said he would not be "intimidated" into withdrawing his candidacy for a spot on the nine-member Supreme Court.
In his first remarks about Ford's testimony, Trump said Friday the California psychology professor was "very compelling" and looked like "a very fine woman to me", calling her "a credible witness". He asked Whitehouse what his preferred drink was (the senator did not answer), and even got into a spat with Klobuchar at one point, asking if she herself had ever been blackout drunk. He later apologised to her. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who read from the ABA's endorsement of Kavanaugh, and who described the American Bar Association as "the gold standard". Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the accusations against him.
Asked about drinking in high school, he said he had, sometimes to excess. "I like beer", he said, but he also said he had never passed out and never attacked Ms Ford. The boys' laughter was "indelible in the hippocampus", she said, using her scientific expertise to describe how memories are stored in the brain and adding, "It's locked in there".
But he moved beyond simple denials to going on offense, accusing Democrats of targeting him to assuage political grudges.
As to whether he had a message for undecided senators like Collins and Murkowski, Trump said "they have to do what they think is right" and be comfortable with themselves. He's squandering the sympathy some of his opening statement encouraged. In the front row, family and friends quietly cried including his wife, Ashley, whose lips were trembling. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who has frequently sparred with President Trump, announced he would support the nominee Thursday night.
The White House confirmed that Trump watched the testimony aboard Air Force One as he returned to Washington from NY.
In another statement, Patrick J. Smyth, identified by Ford as being among those downstairs at the party, says "I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh'". Said Trump in his tweet: "Democrats' search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist". Control of the Senate hangs in the balance; a Democratic takeover could block any future Trump nominees.