Senate gets FBI Kavanaugh report; Trump rejects Democratic criticism

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She said that while Democrats had agreed to limit the probe's scope, "we did not agree that the White House should tie the FBI's hands". "I might have been too emotional at times".

Republicans like Senator Lindsey Graham left the secure room, where they studied the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, to declare they were even more confident now that "no corroboration" of the allegations was found.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., merely said that the content of the 46-page report "raises more questions" and that it gives an "unacceptable understanding" of what actually happened.

On Wednesday, the California senator said in a statement that a lack of FBI interviews with Kavanaugh and Ford "raises serious concerns that this is not a credible investigation". Two GOP votes against Kavanaugh's confirmation sink it if every Democrat votes no.

Ford said "absolutely not" when Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein asked her if it could be a case of mistaken identity, as Kavanaugh has suggested.

Ford's attorneys said in a statement that they were "profoundly disappointed" in the probe.

"An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford - nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony - can not be called an investigation", her legal team said in a statement.

Ms Feinstein said the White House may have limited the probe.

Crowds of activists, many of whom wearing black - commonly associated with supporting sexual assault survivors - swarmed inside the Hart Senate Office Building Thursday afternoon. Some said there were notes on interviews with nine people, though others said 10.

The North Dakota Republican Party quickly attacked Heitkamp for opposing the nomination, arguing the decision aligns the vulnerable senator with the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.

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Women were far more likely than men in the poll to oppose Kavanaugh, 55 per cent to 40 per cent. Now I don't say that from the standpoint of counting votes. I don't remember. Where was the place? One Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who faces re-election next month in a state won easily by Mr Trump in 2016, is also wavering. Kavanaugh has denied the claims. She made time to appear at Trump's rally Tuesday night in Southaven, Mississippi.

Ahead of Friday's voting, Republicans emerged confident that an FBI investigation into the allegations unearthed no new corroborating details, they said.

All eyes are on the key Republicans who could make or break the nomination - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Flake said the comments were "kind of appalling" in an interview with NBC News.

"I believe Kavanaugh is part of a Big Old Boys club that is going to protect him no matter what", said Angela Trzepkowski, 55, from Delaware.

"I am taking everything into account and I think the comments by the president yesterday mocking Dr. Ford were wholly inappropriate", Murkowski said.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had been a swing vote on a panel now equally divided between four conservative and four liberal justices.

The FBI has been criticized by some Ford supporters for conducting an investigation they consider to be superficial and much too short.

The report had become the central focus of the debate over Judge Kavanaugh, with Democrats hoping it would corroborate allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, two women who say the judge groped or exposed himself to them during those parties.

"I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said".

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