Senators to review FBI's report on Brett Kavanaugh investigation

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While trying to round up votes on his side, McConnell has also taken sharp aim at Democrats, accusing them of trying to "move the goal posts" on Kavanaugh's confirmation fight by suggesting that Friday would be too soon for a key vote on him.

Three Republicans who could be key to whether Kavanaugh is confirmed - Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski - criticized Trump for mocking Ford at a political rally in MS on Tuesday. Background checks do not traditionally contain investigators' conclusions about who they believe is credible. Another Yale classmate, Jennifer Klaus, said she often socialized with Kavanaugh at Yale and vigorously disputed his portrayal of himself. Unusually large numbers of Capitol Hill Police officers restricted movements in corridors and formed wedges around senators walking through hallways. Kavanaugh denies the allegations.

They said Kavanaugh 'displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for election to the highest court of the land'.

At the time, Coons told Fox News: "I was very busy on Sunday and Monday talking with colleagues conveying my concerns about the scope of the investigation and frankly didn't sign off on that letter. You're not helping", Trump ally Sen.

Kavanaugh is a Roman Catholic who has said religion is an important part of his life.

Democrats say Kavanaugh can not be confirmed with the still-unproven accusations hanging over his head.

Republican and Democratic senators alike have called for at least a summary of the Federal Bureau of Investigation findings to be made public. And once that report lands, few may see it: Republicans plan to lock it in a safe, restricting its distribution and making senators view the report in a secure meeting - dive into the nitty-gritty on the report, if you'd like.

He raised questions about the drinking habits of Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy in an attempt to turn the tables on Democrats who have gone after Kavanaugh's beer drinking.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeted early Thursday morning that the committee had received the report and that members of the committee would have equal access to it.

Democrats argue Republicans have been rushing to confirm him.

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"I just say it's kind of appalling."
Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, has had to battle off protesters back home in his Charleston office.

"Let's let the people decide whether or not their senator was right in voting "no" against this good man", he said. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who has traded barbs with Trump and will retire at year's end. She said Ford has "been treated like a Fabergé egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president". 'I don't remember.' How'd you get there?

Senate Judiciary Committee says nothing in its tweet is inaccurate or misleading.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "the president was stating the facts" at a MS rally where he imitated Professor Christine Blasey Ford. Does the President have any comment on this alleged fraud?

"Have a vote on the man", Conway said of Kavanaugh.

During four hours of emotionally intense testimony, Ford said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was the person who assaulted her at a high school party in suburban Maryland in 1982. "An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford-nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony-cannot be called an investigation", the statement said.

That claim was further called into question Tuesday after the New York Times published a copy of a letter written by Kavanaugh in 1983 where he warned his friends of the danger of eviction from a beachfront condo they had rented for the weekend.

Republican senator Jeff Flake is among those who have taken issue with comments Mr Trump made. Also interviewed were two others Ford said were present but in a different room: Patrick "P.J".

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

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