If Kavanaugh is approved by the panel on Friday, the full Senate could start debate on the nomination as early as Saturday, with a final vote occurring by the following Tuesday - if Republicans have 50 votes for the judge.
"The committee will do its work," said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), "and we'll hopefully get to a vote as soon as possible."
So far, GOP Senators who have been on the record in support of Kavanaugh aren't backing away from the judge at this point because of the multiple allegations against him.
"Based on what I know now, it would not be enough for me to wipe out his entire life," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who argued to reporters that a lack of corroborating evidence from Ford is an important point.
Republicans also set in motion a plan to hire a special outside counsel - Rachel Mitchell, a sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona - who would ask questions of Ford, instead of the all male GOP lineup on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"I’ve taken this additional step to have questions asked by expert staff counsel to establish the most fair and respectful treatment of the witnesses possible," said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"I think it's smart of us to have someone who is a professional do it," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said of the outside counsel decision, as Graham told reporters if he felt like something else needed to be asked, then he might speak up at some point.
The move was seemingly taken with the 1991 Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings in mind, when GOP Senators faced stern criticism for how they questioned Hill's accusations of sexual harassment against the future Supreme Court Justice.
Democrats expressed dismay at the decision.
"I'm amazed that they would not ask questions themselves," said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) of Republicans.
Meanwhile at the United Nations, President Trump made very clear that he's on board with Kavanaugh, as he lashed out at Democrats, and one of the judge's accusers.
"The Democrats are playing a con game. C-O-N. A con game," the President said. "And it’s a shame. And they know it’s a con game."
"I look at the second accuser - the second accuser has nothing. The second accuser doesn’t even know - she thinks, maybe, it could have been him, maybe not," Mr. Trump said. "She admits that she was drunk."
That woman, Deborah Ramirez, is not expected to testify before the panel on Thursday.