Mitch McConnell Sets Friday Vote to Thwart Filibuster of Brett Kavanaugh

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Dick Durbin noted that, because the background checks are confidential, the Democrats are limited in what they can say publicly about them. This past week, old acquaintances came forward to dispute his testimony to Congress and Democrats accused the judge of lying under oath.

Jeff Flake, the Republican senator who launched a bid to have the FBI investigate Kavanaugh, has already indicated he could vote against him if it is proven he lied. If Republican lawmakers clear that hurdle, the Senate can then advance to a final confirmation vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

A massive coalition of Christian churches, attended by 40 million people, have said they want Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination.

At a White House briefing, Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders defended his remarks in MS and said he was not concerned the comments may have jeopardized the votes of key senators.

At Tuesday night's rally in Mississippi, Mr Trump mocked gaps in Prof Ford's memory about the alleged assault 36 years ago.

Ramirez is the only one of Kavanaugh's three named accusers to have been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who did not speak with Ford or Julie Swetnick, who says she witnessed Kavanaugh behaving inappropriately to women at parties while drunk.

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Democrats were in near unanimity against Mr Kavanaugh.

She went on to accuse the Democrats of launching a "full scale assault on" Mr Kavanaugh's integrity, calling it "a co-ordinated smear campaign".

The Senate was expected to receive the report by early on Thursday two sources familiar with the matter said.

But he also said: "I do not know if Brett attacked Christine Blasey Ford in high school or if he sexually humiliated Debbie in front of a group of people she thought were her friends".

"This vile, mocking attack on a credible, immensely powerfully eloquent survivor of sexual assault is a mark of disrespect and disregard not only for Dr. Blasey Ford but the entire survivor community", he told CNN's "New Day" host Alisyn Camerota.

Even Trump ally Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said at an event hosted by The Atlantic magazine: "I would tell him, knock it off".

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The report was arriving at a Capitol palpably tense over the political stakes of the nomination fight and from aggressive anti-Kavanaugh protesters who have rattled and reportedly harassed senators.

"I had one beer - that's the only thing I remember", Trump said.

Citing "a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court", more than one thousand law professors from elite schools across the country have signed an open letter opposing President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Moreover, the inquiry focused mainly on the account of Christine Blasey Ford, the research psychologist who alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high school students in the Washington suburbs.

"And a man's life is in tatters", Trump added.

The President's remarks also offered an opening to critics of the Kavanaugh nomination, including Democratic Sen. In the letter, the lawyers ask for a call with Wray or the supervisory special agent in charge of the investigation.

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The FBI was tasked by Trump last week to look into allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against Kavanaugh by three women.

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