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GOP looking more confident on Kavanaugh after Federal Bureau of Investigation report

GOP looking more confident on Kavanaugh after Federal Bureau of Investigation report

The White House and Senate Republicans are hopeful that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is one big step closer to being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Republicans say that Kavanaugh has been vetted more than enough - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said on Thursday morning that it's time to move on.

Administration officials said they made clear to the FBI that the supplemental background investigation was not a criminal probe or a "fishing expedition".

The Senate is expected to hold procedural votes on the nomination Friday, with a possible final vote on whether to confirm Kavanaugh Saturday.

McConnell, R-Ky., cemented the process late Wednesday, several hours before the Federal Bureau of Investigation delivered to an anxious Senate the potentially fateful report on claims that Kavanaugh sexually abused women.

President Donald Trump, pushing to get his nominee for a lifetime job on the top USA court, said in a Twitter post on Thursday after the FBI finished its investigation that the allegations against Kavanaugh were "totally uncorroborated".

On Wednesday, at the Atlantic Festival, Graham was likewise snippy with the audience after they booed him for saying that Kavanaugh was treated "like crap" by Senate Democrats during Judiciary Committee hearings, telling the people in the crowd "oh boo yourself". News reports say neither Ford nor Kavanaugh was interviewed. And a third women, Julie Swetnick, has said she was raped at a party that Kavanaugh attended with his boyhood friend Mark Judge.

Even so, Republican and Democrat Senate bigwigs raced to TV cameras to weigh in on the results of the FBI's four-day probe, a photo op being a awful thing to waste in Washington.

The investigation was always unlikely to answer definitively whether Kavanaugh was guilty of sexual misconduct decades ago.

Feinstein added, "Democrats agreed that the investigation's scope should be limited". 'I think the extent to which people view this confirmation proceeding for Kavanaugh as being hijacked by partisan operatives, I think that's going to energize independents and Republicans'. The one-hour sessions alternate between political party with Republicans seeing the report first.

Swing Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona - like other Republicans - said it contained "no additional corroborating information". That calculation would change if one or more Democrats were to vote in favour of Kavanaugh.

"All those mentioned above, and more, could easily have been interviewed in the time allotted" but were not, read the letter, sent by attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich, which was cc'd to top senators from both parties.

'Heidi made her decision, I'll make mine, ' he said.

Senators were set to individually review the report throughout the day Thursday. That may have been the case, but it also may have imposed restrictions requested by Senate Republicans.

'The more outrageous our Democratic colleagues treat this nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, the more energized Republican voters are becoming, because they realize what the alternative is, ' Republican Sen.

The White House Counsel's office believes that the sworn testimony from both in front of the Senate committee last week is sufficient, CNN reported.

Earlier, White House spokesman Raj Shah rebuffed Democrats' complaints, saying, "What critics want is a never-ending fishing expedition into high school drinking".

On Wednesday, the three Republican senators key to Kavanaugh's approval blasted Trump for mocking Ford's memory lapses at a political rally. They described the president's remarks as "appalling", "inappropriate" and "just plain wrong".

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who represents the red state of West Virginia, is the lone hold out.

"But we are united, as professors of law and scholars of judicial institutions, in believing that Judge Kavanaugh did not display the impartiality and judicial temperament requisite to sit on the highest court of our land".