Republicans aim to confirm Brett Kavanaugh this weekend

McConnell takes key step toward vote on Kavanaugh nomination

She's the California college professor who testified last week at a Senate hearing that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school when they were teenagers.

Flake, a vocal Trump critic who pushed the White House into giving the Federal Bureau of Investigation an additional week to look into the accusations against Kavanaugh, signalled his apparent satisfaction, saying the report contained "no additional corroborating information".

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Senate Democrats want to delay the vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is having absolutely none of it.

Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who also has yet to declare her stand on the nomination, was also critical of Trump.

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In an earlier tweet, Shah said the White House is "fully confident" that the Senate will confirm Kavanaugh, whose nomination has been roiled by the allegations of three women about his behavior more than three decades ago.

Three Republicans who could be key to whether Kavanaugh is confirmed - Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski - criticized Trump for mocking Ford at a political rally in MS on Tuesday.

"No additional corroborating information" was found in the FBI supplemental background investigation, said Flake.

Mr Flake and Ms Collins are joined by a third undecided Republican, Lisa Murkowski, of Alaska. Gardner's spokesman did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

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

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

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Republicans expressed growing confidence that Kavanaugh would be confirmed by the Senate after a political battle that has riveted Americans weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans. In the short term he could provide the decisive fifth vote for a conservative majority on the nine-member court.

Three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during the 1980s. 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 frightful conduct completely contrary to my record and character.

"Candidly, what we reviewed today in a very limited time. looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation that was limited, perhaps by the White House, I don't know", said Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The letter says that in his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Kavanaugh "displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for election to the highest court of the land".

The report arrived 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 a criticism against all of Mr Kavanaugh's accusers - two other women have accused Mr Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct - Mr Trump said: "These are really evil people".

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On Wednesday, all three took issue with Trump's mocking of Ford the night before at a political rally in MS that drew laughs from his supporters. Just one physical copy of the report will be available, and only to senators and 10 committee staffers cleared to view the material.

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