Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation battle has continued to heat up this week as the FBI investigates the sexual misconduct allegations against him and Republicans try to force a full Senate vote.
Kavanaugh himself doesn't seem too worried about it either: Harvard Law students learned this week that he has withdrawn from teaching a course next semester, a move that seems to point out he expects to be confirmed to the Supreme Court despite the allegations against him.
Below, the latest developments in the Kavanaugh saga. We'll continue to update this story as we see fit.
Kavanaugh reportedly tried to discredit his second accuser prior to her story becoming public.
Kavanaugh testified under oath that he didn't know about the Deborah Ramirez allegations against him until the New Yorker published its story. But NBC News reported on Monday that Kavanaugh and his team communicated with former Yale classmates Kerry Berchem and Karen Yarasavage prior to the publication of the story, asking them to go on the record and discredit Ramirez's claims.
Berchem also wrote a memo to the FBI, in which she alleges Kavanaugh "and/or" his allies "may have initiated an anticipatory narrative" as early as July, a full two months before the publication of the New Yorker article, in an attempt to "conceal or discredit" Ramirez and her story.
Judge allegedly was in the room when Kavanaugh reportedly sexually assaulted and attempted to rape Dr Ford at a house party in the early 1980s.
Despite being the only person to rebuke the claims before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge chose not to testify on Thursday. However, he was interviewed as part of the one-week background FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.
"Mr. Judge has been interviewed by the FBI but his interview has not been completed," his attorney Barbara Van Gelder said in a statement. "We request your patience as the FBI completes its investigation."
Kavanaugh's alcohol use came into focus again after reports he was involved in a bar fight.
The New York Times reported Kavanaugh was involved in a bar altercation in September 1985 that ended up with him and four other men being questioned by the New Haven Police Department. Kavanaugh, then a 21-year-old junior at Yale, reportedly threw ice at another patron, while one of his friends threw a glass at the man.
Several former classmates of Kavanaugh have said he drank heavily in his youth and became "aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk." Others have claimed he likely blacked out, though Kavanaugh denied this during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
There will be a vote this week.
That's what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced during an impassioned speech at the Senate floor on Monday.
Per Politico, McConnell is focusing his efforts on addressing the concerns of Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Jeff Flake, while also trying to get them to support Kavanaugh on the final Senate vote.