Here's what Sen. Lisa Murkowski has said about Judge Kavanaugh and allegations of sexual assault so far
We're waiting to see what Sen. Lisa Murkowski will say about the testimony of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Murkowski as well Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., are seen as the biggest threats to Kavanaugh's confirmation.
After Thursday's hearing, the three Republicans and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia were spotted going into an office in the Capitol,
. An aide told CNN that the three Republicans were planning to attend the GOP conference meeting in the evening.
Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, came out swinging and appeared openly angry during his testimony to senators, saying at one point, "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace."
Christine Blasey Ford said she was "terrified" but delivered powerful testimony about her accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.
We are still waiting to see if Murkowski will speak with media from Alaska or national reporters. But, here is what she's said about Kavanaugh so far.
"You have allegations out there, that while they are very old, I grant you that, seem to, seem to go into fair detail. If I understand the press accounts that are out there, they're has been a fair amount of thought that has gone in to the revelation of this statement by this woman. I believe I read this afternoon that she had taken a lie detector test ahead of time knowing full well that she would be subject to a great deal of criticism so there is much much much that I need to learn for myself. I don't want to prejudge anybody but I am one who you take seriously allegations of sexual assault. I don't know whether there is any there-there but it is my job along with 99 other members of the senate to determine if there is."
"I am not going to make a predetermination without hearing from Dr. Ford, who has come forward, and also from hearing from Judge Kavanaugh himself."
"I think that where we are right now with the Senate and (the) Judiciary Committee particularly, going through its process, a process that hopefully will allow for an airing of the allegations Dr. Ford has submitted in writing ... but equally important is a fair opportunity for Judge Kavanaugh to respond. That's what we should be focusing on."
When asked if there should be an FBI investigation:
"Well it would sure clear up all the questions, wouldn't it."
"I will not weigh in and prejudge until there has been an opportunity again for her to tell her story and for her to respond to questions about her story."