Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) pleaded with Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to pursue an FBI investigation of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Speaking after Democrats walked out on the hearing in protest, Whitehouse, a former U.S. attorney and attorney general of Rhode Island, held up Kavanaugh's high school calendar from 1982. 

He said that one particular entry in the calendar for July 1, 1982 could be evidence backing up Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh at a house party.

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He explained that the entry describes Kavanaugh and his friends, including Mark Judge, at a house together for "skis" - a reference to drinking beer - just as Ford alleged. There are no girls' names written in the calendar entry.

"But spot me this: if you had just sexually assaulted one of the two girls, would you add the girls' names to your calendar? I doubt it," he argued. 

Whitehouse said the entry "may be powerful corroborating evidence that the assault happened" on that day and in that place.

Ford has alleged that the attack occurred at a house in the summer of 1982, but she said she cannot recall the exact date or location.

Whitehouse said an FBI investigation must be pursued, calling it "the least thing that a sexual assault victim is entitled to when she comes forward."  

"Over time, I expect the facts to come out. They have a way of doing that. Cover-ups never last. The sand is running through Kavanaugh's hourglass," he warned, arguing the committee must hear from Judge. 

Later in the hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he was satisfied by the explanations given by Kavanaugh Thursday for the various calendar entries.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) then called for a one-week halt to the proceedings to investigate further, but not to delay past the midterm elections.

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