Senate Republicans Are Setting Up The Final Vote On Brett Kavanaugh Nomination

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A showdown rollcall over confirmation seemed likely over the weekend.

Their reactions left Republicans concerned that Trump had complicated their effort to cement Kavanaugh's support in a chamber where the GOP holds a razor-thin 51-49 majority.

"There will be plenty of time for members to review and be briefed on the supplemental material" before Friday's vote, McConnell said to the almost empty chamber.

Inside the Capitol, mounting political strains over the approaching election-season showdown were mirrored by growing anxieties over senators' security following frequent and at times aggressive demonstrations by anti-Kavanaugh protesters.

Senator Susan Collins surrounded by reporters asking her questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But he said the nomination would be over if it was revealed Kavanaugh had lied to the committee in his testimony.

Democrats also demanded that the FBI privately brief the Senate about the investigation before the chamber votes.

"It's just basic memory functions, and also just the level of norepinephrine and epinephrine in the brain that. encodes memories into the hippocampus so that trauma-related experience is locked there [while] other memories just drift", Ford said.

The report said 21-year-old Dom Cozzolino told police that Mr Kavanaugh threw ice at him for "some unknown reason". "You're not helping", Trump ally Sen. "And a man's life is in tatters". Now the New York Department of Taxation is "vigorously pursuing" a review of the Trumps' activities.

The FBI is expected to have over its report to lawmakers before they vote, but the report's findings are not meant to be made public.

The FBI has only glancingly looked into the other allegations against Kavanaugh.

President Donald Trump for the first time directly mocked Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by casting doubt on her testimony during a campaign rally.

The constant fighting is not as bad for peer-to-peer relationships as it is for processes, said Democratic Sen.

Committee Republicans tweeted in response that their prior tweet was "completely truthful" and accused Democrats of "false smears".

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In separate interviews, Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - all considered swing votes on Kavanaugh - took issue with comments the president made the night before at a political rally in MS that drew laughs from his supporters. Lisa Murkowski called them "wholly inappropriate".

On NBC's "Today" show Wednesday, Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, said that ridiculing "something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right".

Those senators, along with Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have yet to declare how they will vote.

"If there are demonstrable lies ... and if he misled the committee in that way, then that's something that is not right and shouldn't happen", he said.

Trump: "How many years ago was?"

President Trump had previously been conciliatory toward Ford, calling her a "good witness" earlier on Tuesday and on Monday saying he respected her position very much.

"I had one beer!" he said, impersonating Ford.

Kavanaugh testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week regarding sexual assault allegations.

Flake was instrumental last Friday in getting Trump to order an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, nominated by Trump for a lifetime job on the top USA court.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders did not answer a question Wednesday about whether Trump wants the report made available to the public. I don't remember. How'd you get there?

President Trump has insisted publicly he was not curtailing the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. Five of them were connected to Dr. Ford and her story of a 1982 sexual assault at the hands of Kavanaugh. "We are profoundly disappointed that after the tremendous sacrifice she made in coming forward, those directing the FBI investigation were not interested in seeking the truth".

Tensions running high on Capitol Hill as senators await FBI's background investigation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh; chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel reports. But background checks do not traditionally contain investigators' conclusions about who they believe is credible. She said Ford has "been treated like a Faberge egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president", and said Trump was merely "pointing out factual inconsistencies".

Ramirez has said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they both attended Yale University.