Federal Bureau of Investigation talks with school friend of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

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At the MS rally, where Trump was promoting the candidacy of Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Trump also turned his ire toward Julie Swetnick, who claims Kavanaugh took part in efforts at parties during high school to get girls intoxicated so that groups of boys could have sex with them.

" 'What neighborhood was it in?' 'I don't know.' 'Where's the house?' 'I don't know.' 'Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?' 'I don't know".

"We needed to make sure senators remain open-minded about the FBI investigation", said Faiz Shakir, national political director at the American Civil Liberties Union, which is spending just over $1 million in Colorado, Nebraska, Alaska and West Virginia.

In Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is certain that the FBI's report will be finished and the Senate will vote on Kavanaugh's nomination this week.

Kavanaugh has emphatically denied Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that he sexually assaulted her at a gathering when they were teens. Lindsey Graham, said Tuesday that President Trump should be prepared to re-nominate Judge Kavanaugh next year, should Democrats and a few Republicans succeed in defeating his nomination this week.

"We have great concern that the FBI is not conducting ― or not being permitted to conduct ― a serious investigation", he said in a tweet. Dianne Feinstein of California said Tuesday was too soon to "put all the facts together".

Trump's mocking remarks come amid a protracted and heated confirmation process for Kavanaugh. "I graduated from high school and while I did not drink, I saw a lot of people drinking", he said. 'How many years ago was it?' I don't know.

Regardless of what he did as a teenager, senators need to look at what Kavanaugh is saying now, Schumer argued.

The president, at a rally in MS on Tuesday night, mimicked Ford's responses to questions at a Senate hearing last week when she described her allegations about Kavanaugh. Because of procedural steps, a final confirmation vote was unlikely until late in the week, perhaps over the weekend.

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They forced the White House to open a supplemental background investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against the judge . Another woman, Julie Swetnick , has alleged Kavanaugh was at high school parties in which she claims to have been gang raped.

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"And a man's life is in tatters", Trump said.

Trump, in a riff that has been dreaded by White House and Senate aides, attacked the story of Christine Blasey Ford at length - drawing laughs from the crowd.

The votes of the three Republicans and those of red-state Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will largely determine whether Kavanaugh is confirmed.

A one-time classmate of Mr Kavanaugh said he was a habitual heavy drinker, challenging the judge's Senate testimony to the contrary.

But he said they are not following up at all on Ramirez's account that Kavanaugh thrust his genitals in her face, forcing her to touch them without her consent, during an alcohol-fuelled party when they were students at Yale University in the mid-1980s.

Hundreds of protesters rallied on Monday at Boston's City Hall where Senator Jeff Flake was speaking at a conference, their chants audible in the distance as the Arizona Republican was asked about his dramatic decision last week to press for an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh. They plan a Senate vote on him later this week. So when will a final vote be taken in the Senate on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh?

Dorian Warren, president of the Center for Community Change, said the Washington-based social justice group will "absolutely" use the Kavanaugh storm in its get-out-the-vote campaign. Anything we say can or do can be twisted by women we work with.

Adding to the controversy, lawyers for two of the accusers said Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not interviewing witnesses and following leads that would support their allegations.

"The mudslide was cheered on and capitalized on at every turn by the far left that has been so eager to stop this nomination", he said.

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