A look at the deciding votes on Kavanaugh

Sen. Chuck Grassley speaks with reporters on the from the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington

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Trump, pushing the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh to a lifetime job on the top US court, said on Twitter after the FBI finished its investigation that the allegations against his nominee were "totally uncorroborated".

And the New York Times said more than 2,400 law professors signed a letter opposing the nomination, saying that at the hearing Kavanaugh "did not display the impartiality and judicial temperament" required for the Supreme Court.

Ramirez's attorney also said on Thursday that she had given investigators the names of a number of people from her college days who she said could corroborate allegations she has made against Kavanaugh.

"Senators ought to wipe away the muck from all the mudslinging and politics and look at this nomination with clear eyes", Grassley said, echoing accusations against Democrats that McConnell has been making. That means if just two Republicans voted against Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation it would be defeated, provided the party's political opponents all voted against.

FILE PHOTO: Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary committee regarding sexual assault allegations at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, U.S., September 27, 2018.

Julie Swetnick, Kavanaugh's third named accuser who said she witnessed him behaving inappropriately toward girls at high school parties, was not interviewed.

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee tweeted that Kavanaugh's six earlier background checks found no such issues.

"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been", he said. "I might have been too emotional at times", he wrote in the op-ed headlined "I am an Independent, Impartial Judge".

Given that Republicans have a razor-thin 51-49 margin of control in the Senate, the party can potentially only afford one defection if it wants the confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

A senior Senate Republican aide said there was growing confidence that Republican Senators Susan Collins and Flake and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin - all swing votes - would support Kavanaugh.

While Republican senators are saying the FBI investigation did not yield any additional corroborating evidence, Democrat senators are claiming the investigation was incomplete.

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Anderson is among those who has asserted that the FBI's Kavanaugh-related investigation didn't go far enough, telling Vanity Fair that as he sees it, Wray is in a "tough spot". But The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday that Leland Keyser was being pressured by "allies" of Dr. Ford to change her statement on the allegation against Kavanaugh.

Dianne Feinstein was approached by a woman who thanked her for her work on the investigation and told the senator she's a multiple rape survivor.

Ford, who testified before the judiciary committee in Washington on September 27, alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, when they were high school students.

Hundreds of protesters against US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee have been arrested in Washington as the pick inched closer to winning confirmation.

"I believe Dr Ford, and I believe Kavanaugh is part of a Big Old Boys club that is going to protect him no matter what", said Angela Trzepkowski, 55, from Delaware.

He added: "This investigation found no hint of misconduct".

In total, the bureau said it reached out to 11 people and spoke to 10 after one witness identified by Ramirez refused to cooperate.

No Republicans have said they will vote against Kavanaugh, although four have not committed to supporting him.

On Kavanaugh, Heitkamp told WDAY, a TV station in Fargo, "the process has been bad, but at the end of the day you have to make a decision and I've made that decision".

Mr Trump, who on Tuesday scornfully mocked Ms Ford's Judiciary panel testimony, tweeted that Mr Kavanaugh's "great life can not be ruined by mean" and "despicable Democrats and totally uncorroborated allegations!"

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