Senators await Federal Bureau of Investigation report on allegations against Brett Kavanaugh

Senators await Federal Bureau of Investigation report on allegations against Brett Kavanaugh

Some Republican senators said at least a portion of the document should be available for public review.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said he asked during a lunch meeting with other Republican senators if multiple copies could be made available, but it was unclear whether GOP leaders agreed to the request.

According to a preliminary schedule, drafted with the expectation that the Senate will receive the report Wednesday evening, Republicans will read the first hour, starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, and Democrats will read the hour after that, according to a person who was briefed on the plan. McConnell said on Tuesday that the report should not become public.

If they don't have the votes, the nomination fails.

The FBI interviewed several people, including three who Ford has said attended a 1982 high school gathering in suburban Maryland where she says Kavanaugh's attack occurred, plus another Kavanaugh friend.

Reports say the FBI has completed its latest investigation into allegations Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at a party when they were in high school.

"A vote against Kavanaugh is a "yes" vote for more of these despicable tactics being used time and time again in the future", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on the Senate floor Tuesday.

But Ford has not heard from the FBI as of Tuesday morning as questions mount about the extent of the agency's investigation, her team said told CNN.

Imitating Ford's testimony, Trump, who was himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, said: "What neighborhood was it in? Downstairs? Where was it - I don't know." - though Ford has consistently said that it was an upstairs bedroom. "I had one beer - that's the only thing I remember", he stated inaccurately.

The court's nine justices are appointed for life and have the final say on some of the most contentious issues in USA public life, from abortion, to gun control, to voting laws.

"There's no time and no place for remarks like that", Flake said in an interview with NBC News early Wednesday. "It's kind of appalling".

Speaking briefly to reporters, Collins said: "The president's comments were just plain wrong". "Wholly inappropriate and entirely unacceptable" chimed in Murkowski. Just last week, Trump had described her testimony as "very credible".

Kavanaugh's allies say Democrats are raising issues of character because they know the Federal Bureau of Investigation will not be able to prove allegations of sexual assault.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Flake was instrumental last Friday in getting Trump to order an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, nominated by Trump for a lifetime job on the top us court.

On Trump's performance in MS, she said, "I'd prefer that we all have some grace here".

Republicans now hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate.

An activist hangs a sign on her dog during a protest against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018.

Senator Joni Ernst from Iowa, said Ford's story hasn't been corroborated and people should be presumed innocent until proved guilty.

Opposition among Americans to Kavanaugh has increased since last week's hearing, Reuters/Ipsos polling data showed on Wednesday. "But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget".

Disquiet about the President's intervention was not limited to those Republican senators who are undecided about Kavanaugh.

Mr Trump said when he goes to political rallies, which are organised by Republicans, he sees that voters are angry at the "vicious and despicable" way Democrats are treating his nominee.

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.

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