I might have been too emotional in Senate testimony, says Brett Kavanaugh


"All senators will be able to review the report" delivered early Thursday by the FBI, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office said in a statement.

Thousands of protesters, among them victims of sexual assault, have descended upon the US Capitol with a desperate final appeal to lawmakers to reject embattled supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Republican senator Chuck Grassley said he received a briefing from staff on the confidential report and says "there's nothing in it that we didn't already know".

At senators behest, the FBI investigated and the agency's latest report Thursday did not corroborate "any of the sexual misconduct allegations against" Kavanaugh, said Majority Leader and Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, according to the Associated Press.

"I tried to yell for help", Ford said, adding that Kavanaugh and a friend of his, Mark Judge, were "drunkenly laughing during the attack".

Senate Republicans expressed confidence that nothing in a supplemental FBI investigation prompted by sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh will derail the Supreme Court nominee, as they press ahead with plans for a make-or-break Friday test vote.

Special inquiries are different from FBI criminal investigations, so the White House counsel set the parameters of what FBI agents examined.

Earlier, White House spokesman Raj Shah rebuffed Democrats' complaints, saying, "What critics want is a never-ending fishing expedition into high school drinking".

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Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, also took issue Wednesday with the decision not to interview Ford and Kavanaugh, both of whom testified at a high-stakes hearing last week, suggesting that the White House had prevented the Federal Bureau of Investigation from contacting them.

Ms Collins said the FBI investigation appeared to be thorough.

A second Democrat who had been seen as a doubt, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, yesterday announced that she would be voting against Mr Kavanaugh's appointment.

He urged his colleagues to confirm the judge.

In his op-ed, Kavanaugh stressed that "the Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution".

Mr Kavanaugh denies any wrongdoing and an important vote on his future is expected to take place on Friday.

The protesters include a loud contingent from ME, and they're calling on Susan Collins, a key Republican senator, to vote against Kavanaugh.

"Democrats agreed that the investigation's scope should be limited". Jeff Flake of Arizona - a key vote on the nomination - called for it with the backing of Republican Sens.

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In an October 3 piece for Politico, journalist Matthew Miller stressed that Democrats needed to be aggressive and proactive in demanding a more comprehensive investigation of Kavanaugh.

Even though the report is not public, if there was a bombshell revelation in it about Kavanaugh, the Democrats would have said so.

With Republicans clinging to a razor-thin 51-49 Senate majority and five senators - including three Republicans - still publicly undeclared, the conservative jurist's prospects of Senate confirmation could hinge largely on the file's contents.

Almost 8 in 10 Republicans said they approve of how Trump has handled the allegations in the new poll, which was conducted before Trump mocked Ford at Tuesday night's rally.

Ford, who testified last week at a dramatic Judiciary Committee hearing, accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down, trying to remove his clothing and covering her mouth when she screamed.

Trump, who Tuesday scornfully mocked Ford's Judiciary panel testimony, tweeted that Kavanaugh's "great life can not be ruined by mean" and "despicable Democrats and totally uncorroborated allegations!"

California university professor Christine Blasey Ford testified last week that Kavanaugh groped her and attempted to take her clothes off in what she believed was a rape attempt when they were teenagers decades ago.

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