Senate inquisitor gives Republicans tools to unpick Christine Blasey Ford assault claims

Lawyer: FBI has completed Mark Judge interview

Lawyer: FBI has completed Mark Judge interview

A final vote on the nomination could come Saturday.

"Although we do not know the status of the investigation, we are not aware of the FBI affirmatively reaching out to any of those witnesses", Clune said.

Inside the Capitol, mounting political strains over the approaching election-season showdown were mirrored by growing anxieties over senators' security following frequent and at times aggressive demonstrations by anti-Kavanaugh protesters. Feeding the anxiety was an unusually beefy presence of the U.S. Capitol Police, who were keeping demonstrators and frequently reporters at arm's length by forming wedges around lawmakers walking through corridors. McConnell characterized those requests as part of an ongoing effort "to move the goal posts" on Kavanaugh's nomination by senators bent on delay.

"My understanding is that they're just going to send us the raw data" from the interviews, Corker said.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held a rare press briefing today to insist President Donald Trump did not mock Christine Blasey Ford, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, the previous night at a MS campaign rally.

"I would tell him, knock it off. You're not helping", Trump ally Sen.

"It's a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of", he said, adding: "My whole life, I've heard you're innocent until proven guilty". Now the New York Department of Taxation is "vigorously pursuing" a review of the Trumps' activities.

They forced the White House to open a supplemental background investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against the judge.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford that she was attacked in the 1980s by US President Donald Trump's pick to fill a seat on the bench of the country's highest court.

Grassley's staff then countered Durbin and said, "Nothing in the tweet is inaccurate or misleading". The committee stands by its statement, which is completely truthful.

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Those three Republicans, along with a number of other senators, have criticized President Donald Trump over his remarks at a campaign rally mocking Ford. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

"Standard procedures often need to be modified for nonstandard situations", Klain said. He has previously called Dr Ford a "very credible witness". "I had one beer - that's the only thing I remember", he stated inaccurately.

Christine Blasey Ford arrives for a Senate judiciary committee hearing in Washington.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders did not answer a question Wednesday about whether Trump wants the report made available to the public.

"I remember when the nuclear option happened in, like, 2013, and it was worse than this", said Corker, who's set to retire later this year. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him.

However, Reuters reports that several witnesses who say they have information about the case have tried and failed to speak with FBI investigators.

But McConnell, who has fervently supported Kavanaugh from the beginning, vowed that, despite Democrats' complaints, the Senate will vote by the end of the week.

But Sanders argued that Trump was simply pointing out gaps in Ford's testimony that had also been noted by sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who was hired by Republican senators to question her during the hearing. The agency has also spoken to a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, who has claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a Yale party when both were freshmen.

That's put a pair of female Republican senators, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, under excruciating pressure.

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