Senate Judiciary receives Federal Bureau of Investigation reports on Kavanaugh allegations

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gives her opening statement at the US Senate Judiciary Committee

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gives her opening statement at the US Senate Judiciary Committee

The administration's Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said Senators had been given ample time to review the background investigation and the White House was "fully confident" they would endorse Mr Kavanaugh.

Despite the reported conclusion by the White House, Senators conducting the confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh's nomination to the highest court in the country will still ultimately determine his future.

It remains to be seen whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation report will be enough to win over the three Republicans and two Democrats who have yet to announce a position on confirmation.

The full Senate is preparing to weigh in on Kavanaugh's nomination with an initial vote on Friday.

Separately, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME told reporters, "The president's comments were just plain wrong", and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said they were "wholly inappropriate and in my view unacceptable".

The senator said he is requesting the recordings because the committee has obtained a letter that "raises specific concerns" about the reliability of Ford's polygraph test.

Shortly after Prof Ford's testimony to the Senate last week, Mr Trump said she was a "very fine woman".

Kavanaugh has denied the accusations by all three women.

However, lawyers for his first accuser, Prof Ford, said that she had not been contacted by the agency.

A massive coalition of Christian churches, attended by 40 million people, have said they want Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination.

US President Donald Trump drew strong criticism from both Republicans and Democrats after mocking Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexually assaulting her decades ago.

Senator Susan Collins surrounded by reporters asking her questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
JACQUELYN MARTIN APSenator Susan Collins surrounded by reporters asking her questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

With it almost in hand, Mr. McConnell filed a motion to limit the debate, setting up a filibuster vote on Friday.

When asked to explain why the President described her that way only to change his tune, Ms Huckabee Sanders replied: "the President believes that Judge Kavanaugh should be confirmed".

The FBI investigation did not interview Ford or Kavanaugh. Dick Durbin noted that, because the background checks are confidential, the Democrats are limited in what they can say publicly about them.

Lawyers for the California college professor accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teens are criticizing the scope of the re-opened investigation by the FBI. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who forced the committee's hand over the investigation, spoke with Today on Wednesday morning where he called the remarks "kind of appalling".

Ford's attorney also slammed the probe, claiming that "those directing the FBI investigation were not interested in seeking the truth".

In this case, McConnell is using it so that the Senate can vote to end debate on Kavanaugh's nomination, the network added - and the Republicans have enough seats to make that happen.

Their reactions left Republicans concerned that Trump had complicated their effort to cement Kavanaugh's support in a chamber where the GOP holds a razor-thin 51-49 majority.

Republican officials and the White House expect Hyde-Smith's race to go to a runoff under the state's election rules that force a showdown between the top two finishers if no candidate wins at least 50 percent of the vote on November 6.

Mr Kavanaugh has denied all claims of assault. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, who is undecided on Kavanaugh, trailing her Republican challenger Kevin Cramer by eight points.

A showdown roll call over confirmation seems likely over the weekend.

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