The Senate Judiciary Committee has received the FBI's report, detailing the background investigation into President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Thursday after allegations of sexual misconduct were made by multiple women.
Shortly after Prof Ford's dramatic testimony to the Senate committee last week, Mr Trump said she was "very compelling" and described her as a "very fine woman". "These are not qualities we look for in a Supreme Court justice, or a judge for that matter".
The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill an open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court is moving toward a final vote as early as Saturday.
The report was arriving at a Capitol palpably tense over the political stakes of the nomination fight and from aggressive anti-Kavanaugh protesters who have rattled and reportedly harassed senators. In the letter, the lawyers ask for a call with Wray or the supervisory special agent in charge of the investigation.
"We'll not be intimidated by these people".
"There is no chance in the world that they're going to scare us out of doing our duty", he said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham defended President Donald Trump's mocking of Christine Blasey Ford, arguing that it was less degrading than how some Democrats responded to accusations against Bill Clinton.
Trump spent much of the rally, however, lamenting the treatment of Kavanaugh by Democrats, whose attacks, he said, had taken their toll on the judge's family.
Senator Chuck Grassley, the head of the Judiciary Committee, said on Twitter that he and the panel's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, have agreed to "alternating equal access for senators to study the contents" of the Federal Bureau of Investigation report.
During the interview, host Chris Cuomo dubbed Trump's attack on Dr Ford as a 'shame campaign, ' adding: 'I didn't even see that coming'. We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.
The sharp partisan battle over the lifetime appointment to the nine-member court has polarized the U.S. Senate with the majority Republicans accusing Democrats of unnecessarily dragging out the process, while Democrats say Republicans are rushing to confirm Kavanaugh without properly considering the allegations against him.
His opening statement suggested the inquiry into Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegation was motivated by Democratic bitterness over the 2016 election and his role in the investigation of former USA president Bill Clinton.
Republicans called the Democrats' letter "baseless innuendo".
He raised questions about the drinking habits of Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy in an attempt to turn the tables on Democrats who have gone after Kavanaugh's beer drinking.
As the investigation of past actions continues, lawmakers in both parties are parsing Kavanaugh's testimony from last week. The Democrats wrote that the GOP tweet contained information that is "not accurate".
"A man's life is in tatters", he said. "You're not helping", Trump ally Sen. John Kennedy told The Washington Times.
"I just got this text does anyone know what it means?" Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.
The hallway in front of Ms. Collins' Senate office was shut down briefly on Wednesday, sparking complaints from reporters who had been staking out the doorway. The file is a paper report and there are no electronic copies of it available, according to NBC News.
Five days of public hearings. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) also have yet to announce how they will vote.
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