Senate gets FBI Kavanaugh report, with initial vote Friday

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In a statement, White House spokesman Raj Shah said: "With Leader McConnell's cloture filing, Senators have been given ample time to review this seventh background investigation".

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who tweeted early Thursday that he had received the report, is expected to read it first, followed by his colleagues either individually or possibly in groups.

"We are profoundly disappointed that after the tremendous sacrifice she made in coming forward, those directing the FBI investigation were not interested in seeking the truth", Ford's counsel said.

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee tweeted that Kavanaugh's six earlier background checks found no such issues. "It's kind of appalling".

Sanders told reporters Wednesday at a rare White House briefing that "the president was stating the facts" at a MS rally Tuesday night. But while only 68 percent of Republicans responded that way in July, 80 percent did this week - an indicator that Kavanaugh's confirmation fight has energized the Republican base.

Kavanaugh underwent those prior FBI screenings, starting in 1993, because of his work in various high-level federal government positions, including his stint with the White House Counsel and his current post as an appellate judge.

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President Trump was cheered on by a crowd of Republican faithful in MS yesterday as he mimicked Dr Ford's responses to questions at last week's Senate hearing and joked about her inability to remember details surrounding the night of her alleged attack. But I had one beer.

But the undecided senators - Flake, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, all Republicans; and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, both Democrats - are keeping an open mind.

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

During the hearing, Dr Christine Blasey Ford testified that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago when the two were in high school.

Experts have said it is not unusual for victims of trauma to remember certain details vividly but have little recollection of other things. "How did you get there?" I don't remember. Where is the place?

The poll was based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,462 adults, conducted from September 24 to September 30 -after Kavanaugh and Ford testified before the Senate about the sexual assault allegations - and featured a 3 percent margin of error at 95 percent confidence level.

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Amid complaints that some lawmakers were being confronted outside their homes, McConnell claimed on the Senate floor that the protesters were "part of the organized effort" to derail Kavanaugh's nomination. 'I don't know. I don't know.

The Senate is set to review the findings on Thursday.

"I would tell him to knock it off".

Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, has accused Mr Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her during a drinking game when they were students at Yale University in the 1980s. Flake has not said how he will vote if the nomination comes up this week.

McConnell had said Wednesday morning that senators supporting Kavanaugh would not be deterred from voting this week by protesters in the Senate hallways. 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?

Besides Trump, Senate Republicans also began to aim credibility questions at Ford. In that light, they say it can't be called an investigation.

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"It's a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of", he said, adding: "My whole life, I've heard you're innocent until proven guilty".