Grassley was indeed a senator in 1991 when President George H.W. Bush's nominee was accused of sexual misconduct by Anita Hill and responded to the allegations with a rousing, impassioned speech in his own defense.
But GOP senators said they expect the Federal Bureau of Investigation to finish its work as soon as Wednesday, meaning that a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh's nomination may occur by the end of this week.
Kavanaugh's furious performance before the Senate judiciary committee last Thursday has opened a new line of attack against the judge.
The classmate, Kerry Berchem, prepared a memo about the text messages and attempted to submit them to the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27 following Kavanaugh's testimony and that of Christine Blasey Ford, according to NBC News, which obtained a copy of the memo.
President Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday before boarding Marine One for a trip to Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii said that in addition to the allegations the conspiracy-minded accusation Kavanaugh made in last week's session makes him unfit for the top court in the land.
Swetnick, who is represented by Michael Avenatti, has alleged that Judge and Kavanaugh were present at a party in the early 1980s where, she says, she was gang-raped.
Julia Swetnick says she went to house parties attended by Mr Kavanaugh in the early 1980s, where she said he and his friends tried to "spike" girls' drinks.
The activists behind the protests said they planned to keep up the effort as the FBI investigates accusations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh when he was in high school and college.
Trump says he wants 'comprehensive' FBI investigation of Kavanaugh
Charles "Chad" Ludington says in a statement issued Sunday that Kavanaugh was "a frequent drinker, and a heavy drinker". Speaking at a White House Rose Garden event Monday, Trump told reporters that he continues to support Kavanaugh.
"Brett was getting tapped in and he was incredibly drunk, in a ridiculous outfit and had to come up to me and sing a silly song", she said.
But it's now emerged that Kavanaugh, 53, and his staff were reportedly sending text messages to former Yale classmates to underplay these allegations - before the story was actually published. "I continue to strongly support Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court".
Several other swing vote senators joined Flake in holding up the vote.
Donald Trump defended his pick but conceded that the appeals court judge has had a "bit of difficulty" with alcohol.
George Hartmann, a spokesman for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), said it best. The account, the details of which have been contested by those Ford says were at the party, has been held up by Democrats as credible.
He said the Democrats are undermining Kavanaugh's credibility and are "willing to do anything or hurt anyone" to submarine his agenda.
"Leakers will leak what they want us to see", he said.
Nine of 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee wrote on Monday to FBI Director Christopher Wray and White House Counsel Don McGahn, listing 24 people they said should be interviewed by the FBI and urging that the investigation assess all three allegations of sexual misconduct.
"Hopefully, they'll have a vote by the end of the week and it will be a positive vote, but it will be dependent on what comes back from the FBI", Trump said. Judge is one of multiple people the FBI has already interviewed as part of its reopened background investigation into Kavanaugh.
"I think it's very unfair to bring up things like this", Trump said. "We don't want a Supreme Court whose credibility is in doubt".