McConnell takes key step toward Kavanaugh vote

McConnell takes key step toward vote on Kavanaugh nomination

FBI report 'shows no Kavanaugh misconduct'

The report, sent by the White House to the Senate Judiciary Committee in the middle of the night, was denounced by Democrats as a whitewash that was too narrow in scope and ignored critical witnesses.

Earlier this week Donald Trump was criticised for imitating Dr Ford at a rally in Mississippi.

Recent polls show a majority of women think the Senate should not confirm Kavanaugh.

"The most notable part of this report is what's not in it", said Sen.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, said she was "still reviewing" her decision. That means if just two Republicans voted against Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation it would be defeated, provided the party's political opponents all voted against.

The Iowa Republican cited an instance in which he said reporters denied interviews to pro-Brett Kavanaugh demonstrators while they focused their attention on protesters opposed to the Supreme Court nominee.

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

"The president, the White House are firmly behind Brett Kavanaugh", Shah said during an appearance Thursday morning on CNN. "No backup from any witnesses, including those specifically named as eyewitnesses by the people who brought the allegations in the first place", McConnell said. Republicans did not want to pursue whether Kavanaugh lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his alcohol use in high school and college.

Experts are split about whether the Kavanaugh uproar will fuel Republican or Democratic turnout, but Trump insisted that the "harsh and unfair" treatment of Kavanaugh by Democrats is having "an incredible upward impact on voters".

Kavanaugh, writing in an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, said he regretted his tone at times during last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that included Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulted her when they were both teens. "That's the only thing I remember", he said.

"This woman had no clue what was going on, and yet she made the most terrible charges", Trump said.

Six days after Trump reluctantly ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to scrutinize the accusations- which allegedly occurred in the 1980s and Kavanaugh has denied - leading GOP lawmakers briefed on the agency's confidential document all reached the same conclusion: There was no verification of the women's past claims and nothing new.

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All eyes are on those key Republicans who could make or break the confirmation - 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.

Heitkamp has been viewed as a potential swing vote and one of the senators who could decide the fate of the nomination.

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

Speaking through tears, Mr Kavanaugh furiously denied allegations of sexual assault as he accused Democrats of orchestrating a "grotesque and coordinated character assassination". So all we know is what we've heard from senators and people at the White House who have seen it or been briefed on it.

Special inquiries are different from FBI criminal investigations, so the White House counsel set the parameters of what FBI agents examined. Dick Durbin noted that, because the background checks are confidential, the Democrats are limited in what they can say publicly about them.

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The 46 pages that the FBI compiled in its latest background investigation join some 1,500 pages amassed during six prior background checks, dating back to 1993, for the judge's extensive service in the government.

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