While preparing for his confirmation process, Brett Kavanaugh—President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court—gathered endorsements from friends, colleagues and former employees.
However some of those people changed their minds after witnessing Kavanaugh's testimony or hearing the allegations against him.
The latest people to change their endorsement are three former Kavanaugh law clerks: Will Dreher, Bridget Fahey and Rakim Brooks. Dreher, Fahey and Brooks wrote a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee giving their full endorsement and supporting Kavanaugh's nomination.
But the three penned a new letter for the Senate Judiciary Committee as the full Senate prepares to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.
In their new letter, Dreher, Fahey and Brooks expressed being "deeply troubled" by the sexual assault allegations against their former boss. the three also stated they felt troubled by the circumstances surrounding the allegations, namely the drunken underage partying described.
Two former Yale classmates of Kavanaugh's who previously vouched for him just wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committ… https://t.co/gZ569SqThk— Jennifer Bendery (@Jennifer Bendery)1538515582.0
"Under the current circumstances, we fear that partisanship has injected itself into Judge Kavanaugh’s candidacy. T… https://t.co/Iwo5yrtZ4z— Jennifer Bendery (@Jennifer Bendery)1538515652.0
Kavanaugh had at times in his testimony denied ever drinking while underage, but also admitted to liking beer while not directly acknowledging ever getting drunk while in high school or college.
His former clerks told the Senate in their new letter that they fully support a full FBI investigation into their one time boss. They wrote:
"We write to clarify that, like many Americans, we have been deeply troubled by those allegations and the events surrounding them and were encouraged by the initiation of a formal FBI investigation."
"We hope, for the good of everyone involved, that the investigation will be independent and thorough."
Read their full letter here.
In related news, three former Kavanaugh clerks who previously said he was great just wrote to the Judiciary Committ… https://t.co/gLYcvQe7Pc— Jennifer Bendery (@Jennifer Bendery)1538515921.0
Reactions to Kavanaugh's vanishing endorsements were swift on social media.
Many echoed the concerns of those who changed their minds about endorsing Kavanaugh.
@jbendery If this is what we see now from Brett Kavanaugh,how will he behave once he wins his coveted prize? Will h… https://t.co/J2nY7JNNA6— and yet she persisted (@and yet she persisted)1538521893.0
@blueeyedGMer @jbendery Do you REALLY expect him to behave any differently than the man who nominated him??— creative scorpio (@creative scorpio)1538527590.0
@jbendery @JamieOGrady Just another example of how Republicans have manipulated and misrepresented the facts in the… https://t.co/XTgEDW1BdE— Jon Pessah (@Jon Pessah)1538520459.0
@JonPessah @jbendery @JamieOGrady Oh, I think it’s clear why they felt the need bolster him. In fact, it is clear t… https://t.co/pjmxL80bjm— Bill Ayer (@Bill Ayer)1538521960.0
@rumpole2 @JonPessah @jbendery @JamieOGrady Pretty sure they knew before the last time he was nominated during the… https://t.co/nTkhtiHXJ4— Rose von Perbandt (@Rose von Perbandt)1538530493.0
@jbendery I'm afraid none of that matters. Trump is "monitoring" a supplemental background check, this is not a tho… https://t.co/Hs4GTst9fR— Optimistic Person5 (@Optimistic Person5)1538540707.0
While some expressed concern over what would happen to those who speak out against Kavanaugh.
@jbendery @maddow I hope those clerks have well established legal careers in government or private firms, bec they'… https://t.co/IQOVE3T5RF— SusieJane (@SusieJane)1538539216.0
@smeesq @jbendery @maddow Sounds like a disingenuous comment to me @smeesq. Don't you support the idea that they va… https://t.co/KO5oFsfmh2— Roufa Therrien (@Roufa Therrien)1538548443.0
@codechamp @smeesq @jbendery @maddow I think the previous tweet meant these people will be harmed by the Rs for wit… https://t.co/wjlZoz4c0w— Cat Who Sings (@Cat Who Sings)1538563959.0
@CatSittingstill @codechamp @jbendery @maddow Yes, it's a sign of decency. But they'll be ostracized for it by ever… https://t.co/AGQyK9YAMc— SusieJane (@SusieJane)1538564536.0
@smeesq @codechamp @jbendery @maddow No arguments there.— Cat Who Sings (@Cat Who Sings)1538565030.0
The date and time of the full Senate vote is as yet undetermined, but expected to happen Friday. The FBI was given a week to complete a full background check on Kavanaugh, a requirement for all political appointees.