The FBI investigation included limited questioning of potential witnesses to the assault described by Ford, as well as a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, who described sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh when they were both students at Yale in 1985.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley responded to this by sending a letter to Ford's attorneys demanding that she turn over therapy notes and material from her polygraph test.
In the early hours of Thursday morning, the White House announced that the FBI completed its investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. U.S. Capitol Police said 302 were arrested - among them comedian Amy Schumer, a distant relative of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Even before the Federal Bureau of Investigation had delivered its report on the allegations against Trump's nominee, Senate Republican leaders set the chamber barreling toward an up-or-down vote sometime this weekend.
The timing of the vote could be complicated by Republican Senator Steve Daines, whose office said on Thursday he planned to attend his daughter's wedding in Montana on Saturday, making him unavailable to cast his vote. Depending on how Republicans perform on November 6, the eyes of the nation could fall on a November 27 MS runoff in what could become an expensive and high-profile race to determine control of the Senate. With Republicans clinging to a razor-thin 51-49 majority and five senators - including three Republicans - still vacillating, the conservative jurist's prospects of Senate confirmation remained murky and dependent, in part, on the file's contents, which are supposed to be kept secret. Flake, a frequent Trump critic, was instrumental in getting the president to order the FBI investigation last Friday.
Dianne Feinstein of California, that committee's top Democrat, said Kavanaugh's testimony at last week's dramatic Judiciary panel hearing should "worry us all", citing "a hostility and belligerence that is unbecoming" of a Supreme Court nominee.
"I applaud the leadership of a woman who is speaking out", Ng said in a telephone interview with The Canadian Press. Flake said he saw no additional corroborating information against Kavanaugh, although he was "still reading" it. Brookes told ABC that she frequently drank heavily with Kavanaugh and that "he would get obnoxious" when drunk.
While the comments by Flake and Collins were positive, neither explicitly announced support for Kavanaugh.
Under pressure from wavering fellow Republicans, GOP leaders agreed to an extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week that absorbed the nation as Ford nervously recounted her story and said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker. In the closely divided chamber, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican voting to stop the nomination, West Virginia's Joe Manchin the sole Democrat to keep it alive. At 53, he is likely to serve on the court for decades if confirmed. Two other women emerged and accused him of other incidents of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh has denied their accusations.
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In a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Thursday, Kavanaugh said he "might have been too emotional at times" in his testimony.
Kavanaugh wrote on his calendar for that date "Go to Timmy's for skis w/Judge, Tom, PJ, Bernie, Squi".
"I know that my tone was sharp", he wrote, "and I said a few things I should not have said".
The Senate is taking a procedural vote on whether or not to move Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination forward. Video of his remarks was shown by the C-SPAN television network.
"She then told me that when she was a young teen, she had been sexually assaulted by an older teen", White said.
The Kavanaugh fight has riveted Americans weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans.
The calendar entry had fueled some speculation that the gathering might have been the one at which Ford claimed to have been assaulted, though the list of attendees did not match those she had recalled being in the house when she said the attack took place.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told reporters that Trump's lampooning of Ford at a Tuesday night MS campaign rally was "just plain wrong." Sen. Those offers were made in public statements and in statements directly to Dr. Ford's attorneys in the days leading up to her public testimony. Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly of IN announced he would vote "no" on Kavanaugh. That was the day's first GOP victory in the spellbinding battle that's been fought against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement and stalwart conservative support for Trump.