Day of chaos and consequence before vote on Kavanaugh

GOP looking more confident on Kavanaugh after FBI report

However, the debate seems to be coming to an end as the Senate plans to vote on Friday for Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, with a final vote expected to be on Saturday.

A friend of Christine Blasey Ford told FBI investigators that she felt pressured to clarify her original statement regarding an alleged sexual assault involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Ford says Judge was in the room when Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s.

They're demonstrating against the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.

The self-defense came too late for John Paul Stevens, a retired Supreme Court justice who on Thursday said he once believed Kavanaugh to be a fine judge.

She also claims that girls - including herself - were gang raped at these parties, but can not say whether Kavanaugh was among the attackers.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has admitted to saying some things he should not have during a Senate hearing last week, a tacit acknowledgement of the questions being raised about his conduct and emotions as he seeks confirmation to the Supreme Court.

At a rally Tuesday night in Mississippi, Trump made fun of Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Chuck Grassley, the most senior Republican on the Senate committee that vets nominees, said the investigation "found no hint of misconduct" - a comment backed up by a string of the party's senators.

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been", Kavanaugh wrote in the Journal.

Republicans control the Senate 51 to 49, so the GOP can only afford to have one of its senators vote "no".

Senator Joe Manchin, the only remaining undecided Democrat, said he would finish reading the report on Friday morning.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren greets demonstrators protesting US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on October 4, 2018, in Washington. "It appears that the White House completely circumscribed the investigation to try to make it meaningless and they succeeded".

Her powerful account, along with Kavanaugh's angry rebuttal, has divided the country, rekindling the national conversation on sexual misconduct and the burden of proof in the #MeToo era.

Just a single copy of the report was produced, which was not made public.

The top Senate Judiciary Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, said the report appeared insufficient to lay to rest concerns about Kavanaugh.

All eyes are on the key Republicans who could make or break the nomination - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Trump's pugnacious style was well suited to the messy drama, and his decision to stick by Kavanaugh, mock the woman who accused the nominee of sexual assault and use the controversy to fire up supporters could help Republicans in key Senate races in conservative states - even if it turns off independents and women voters in suburban House of Representatives districts that were already trending away from Republicans.

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. U.S. President Donald Trump said protesters' resistance was backfiring. Kavanaugh denied the allegation in testimony following Ford's, painting himself as the victim of a "political hit". That strategy would give waverers one last day to decide how they'll vote. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, deflected, saying, "This is not a comprehensive FBI investigation on which we can draw conclusions". The closely guarded collection of interviews is celebrated by Republican leaders as concrete proof that Kavanaugh did not harass or abuse women.

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