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That could pave the way for a confirmation vote as early as Saturday.

Six of the witnesses involved Ms Ford's claims, including a lawyer for one of them, and four were related to Deborah Ramirez, who has claimed that Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when both were Yale freshmen, which Mr Kavanaugh denies.

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

"We believe Christine Ford" banners, unfurled at a Senate office building where police began arresting hundreds of protesters staging a sit-in.

Actress Amy Schumer was shown in line appearing to prepare to be arrested in the Senate building amid the protest.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke forcefully on the Senate floor Thursday morning, explaining why he's moving for a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is acknowledging he "might have been too emotional" in Senate testimony but says he can be counted on to be an "even-keeled" judge.

The controversy over Kavanaugh's nomination comes ahead of November congressional elections in which Trump's Republican Party will battle to keep control of Congress.

Comments by two of them - Jeff Flake and Susan Collins - indicated the Federal Bureau of Investigation report, which was the latest twist in the pitched political battle over Kavanaugh, may have allayed their concerns about him.

On Friday, we should know once and for all whether Kavanaugh has the support he needs to get confirmed because the way those few remaining undecided senators vote to end debate today could signal how they plan to vote Saturday on final confirmation. Flake said he saw no additional corroborating information against Kavanaugh, although he was "still reading" it. Just a single copy of the report was produced, and that was not made public.

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Another on-the-fence Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, reportedly met sexual assault survivors in her office on Thursday.

Collins said Thursday that the FBI appears to have conducted a "very thorough investigation" of the sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh. Senate Democrats say the investigation is incomplete.

"This is all being done because they're afraid they're going to lose Roe v Wade", he said, referring to a 1973 judgment that paved the way for legal abortion in the United States, which analysts say is imperiled if conservatives gain a 5-4 majority on the Supreme Court. At 53, he is likely to serve on the court for decades if confirmed.

Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting in the early 1980s when both were teenagers. Kavanaugh also testified and denied the allegations. At times, my testimony-both in my opening statement and in response to questions-reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused, without corroboration, of disgusting conduct completely contrary to my record and character.

"I was there as a son, husband and dad", he wrote.

But his testimony last week swayed at least one person, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who says the nominee should be disqualified.

Kavanaugh said he was grateful to participate in the process leading up to his initial hearing - but harshly criticized the turmoil that followed.

A handful of Republicans and Democrats have not decided whether to support Kavanaugh. But he did not apologize for his behavior at the hearing, in which he interrupted senators, turned questions about drinking back on them and seeded his opening remarks with comments about "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" and left-wing groups.

"There will be plenty of time for members to review and be briefed on the supplemental material before a Friday cloture vote", he said. If so, that could be enough for a Trump victory.


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