Lisa Murkowski revealed that she's deeply troubled by attempted rape allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh - and played a key role in ensuring that accuser Christine Blasey Ford will be able to testify against him.
The allegations, dating back to the 1980s, have put in jeopardy Kavanaugh's chances of winning confirmation to the top USA court in a Senate narrowly controlled by Trump's party, with high-stakes congressional elections just weeks away.
Meanwhile, critics on the left have countered that, "It's not a trial - it's a job interview", as the Daily Kos put it. "I've never sexually assaulted anyone". She is slated to testify before the committee at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
"I think the longer this hangs out there, the more problematic that it is", he said.
The New Yorker was unable to confirm with eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was at the party Ramirez described, though one classmate who was not at the party said that he is "one-hundred-per-cent sure" he was told Kavanaugh had exposed himself to Ramirez.
'I look forward eagerly to hearing from both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh under oath this Thursday morning.
Murkowski's remarks, made Monday night, were published shortly after she publicly suggested the FBI should investigate the mounting sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.
Ramirez alleged in an article published by The New Yorker Sunday night that while she and Kavanaugh both attended Yale University in the early 1980s, he pulled down his trousers and exposed himself to her.
Participants were encouraged to wear black and use the hashtag #BelieveSurvivors in solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her when they both were teenagers in the 1980s.
Ramirez told her story in a piece published in the New Yorker over the weekend.
Protesters took to the streets in NY ahead of the United Nations summit to oppose the nomination of Mr Kavanaugh, with other demonstrations taking place across the country. McConnell spoke on the Senate floor Monday afternoon. Realistically, though, prosecuting under 18 USC 1001 for false statements would be as problematic as making a case against Kavanaugh, for the same reasons - the passage of nearly four decades of time. And although she is not on the Senate Judiciary Committee, she will be watching. Kavanaugh denied the allegation and called it "a smear, plain and simple".