Senators get Federal Bureau of Investigation report on Kavanaugh, Republicans push for vote

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Brett Kavanaugh will "potentially, hopefully" be on the Supreme Court in short order, President Donald Trump said Thursday night to a crowd chanting "Kav-a-naugh" in Rochester, Minn.

"After doing my due diligence and now that the record is apparently closed, I will vote against his confirmation", she said.

"This is what democracy looks like!" protesters shouted outside the Supreme Court, voicing their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court but somehow speaking for everyone on every side on a day of passion, chaos and outcome.

Brett Kavanaugh owned up to his "too emotional" testimony and voiced other regrets in his final plea for a seat on the Supreme Court, right before The Senate will vote on his confirmation on October 5.

Sen. Joe Manchin, the only Democratic senator undecided, said he had to leave the SCIF to make room for Republicans and would return Friday morning to finish reading the report.

Special inquiries are different from FBI criminal investigations, so the White House counsel set the parameters of what FBI agents examined. They accused the White House of limiting the FBI's leeway.

White House spokesperson Raj Shah rebuffed Democrats' complaints, saying, "What critics want is a never-ending fishing expedition into high school drinking". Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the Republican who presided over last week's hearing as chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

Dr Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor from California, has accused Mr Kavanaugh of assaulting her in 1982 when they were high school students.

Several people with information related to allegations against Kavanaugh told Reuters they had not heard from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, suggesting its report may be narrower than was desired by some lawmakers who demanded it just days ago.

Much of the focus Thursday will be on the reactions of three Republicans whose votes are considered key to Kavanaugh's fate: Flake, Collins and Lisa Murkowski, Alaska.

Making things even stranger, Republicans and Democrats had to take turns reviewing the document, with one party's members getting an hour in the room, and the other getting the next hour, and so on. "I'll be voting to confirm Judge Kavanaugh". If Republican lawmakers clear that hurdle, the Senate can then advance to a final confirmation vote on Kavanaugh's nomination. After critics blasted Kavanaugh's September 27 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee as overtly emotional and more, even Republican Justice John Paul Stevens admitted "there's merit to that criticism", the Palm Beach Post originally reported.

With Republicans clinging to a razor-thin 51-49 Senate majority and five senators - including three Republicans - still publicly undeclared, the conservative jurist's prospects of Senate confirmation could hinge largely on the file's contents.

No Republicans have said they will vote against Kavanaugh, although four have not committed to supporting him.

Experts are split about whether the Kavanaugh uproar will fuel Republican or Democratic turnout, but Trump insisted that the "harsh and unfair" treatment of Kavanaugh by Democrats is having "an incredible upward impact on voters". Just a single copy of the report was produced, and that was not made public.

She testified that a drunken Mr Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth when she screamed. They include Mark Judge, Leland Keyser and Patrick Smyth, the people Ms. Blasey Ford has said she remembers at the party where she was assaulted.

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