Republican leaders showed confidence on Tuesday, vigorously defending Kavanaugh during their weekly press conference.
"This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be appropriate", Bromwich said in the letter, as reported by Fox News, echoing previous requests that the senators themselves, not counsel, ask questions.
That is, literally, the opposite of what we would want out of a senator sitting on the Judiciary Committee in a moment like this.
"By hiring a private attorney to cross-examine Dr. Blasey Ford, Republicans are trying to intimidate her and avoid being held accountable by voters", Harris said in a Twitter posting.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was defiant, speaking confidently about Kavanaugh's prospects, assailing Democrats and casting the nominee as a victim of "the weaponization of unsubstantiated smears".
"I'm confident we're going to win", McConnell told reporters on Tuesday. Kavanaugh denies the accusation.
GOP lawmakers are "missing the power of the previous year, where people have so powerfully and importantly named their experiences", said Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women's Law Center.
Judge declined to speak to a Post reporter who tracked him down but his lawyer, Barbara VanGelder, told the newspaper she had told him to leave the area because he was being "hounded". And she says: 'Well it might not be him.' And there were gaps. I mean, I think, look; if you're in his shoes - and I know him very well. And young women who've worked for Brett, women who went to law school with him, women who were lawyers with him in Washington, D.C., women who worked with him in the White House, all say the same thing. He said rejecting Kavanaugh would be "a disgusting insult" and "a very risky game" for the U.S.
Blasey and Kavanaugh are scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Furthermore, Grassley said he was "unclear" why the claims by Ramirez had any bearing on Ford's testimony.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, said Ford should have her say, but that his mind is already made up.
Kavanaugh's confirmation would firm up conservative control of the Supreme Court and advance Trump's goal of moving the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right.
Senators were told to be prepared for a rare weekend session and McConnell said he was confident Kavanaugh would be confirmed. But, his comments about Kavanaugh are a break from that reputation.
Mark Judge, 54, was a classmate of Kavanaugh at Georgetown Prep. And, yes, there's no question that he is entitled to believe that Brett Kavanaugh - based on his study of the judge's life and the conversations between the two men - is not the sort of man who would do what Ford is alleging.
But Trump, who initially took a more cautious approach to Kavanaugh's accusers, has increasingly ramped up his criticism of them.
Ford's legal team on Monday had objected to the possibility Republicans would use an outside lawyer to question her.
"She admits she was drunks".
"I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford, at some point in her life, was sexually assaulted by someone in some place, but what I know is I never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any time in my life", Kavanaugh told Fox News. "I was never at any such party", Kavanaugh said.
"What I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone", Kavanaugh said in the interview, which was conducted alongside his wife, Ashley. She says Kavanaugh held her down on a bed, touched her sexually and tried to take off her clothes.