Republicans aim to confirm Brett Kavanaugh this weekend

Chuck Grassley

US Supreme Court nominee: 'I am independent, impartial'

U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell mirrored what some of his Republican colleagues have stated that after the seventh FBI investigation conducted on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, "these allegations have not been corroborated".

Late on Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to Ford's legal team over evidence they would still like to receive including the therapist notes Ford has repeatedly referred to as documentation of her allegation against Kavanaugh as well as the materials from the polygraph exam she took in August. But he said he remains the same "hardworking, even-keeled" person he has always been.

"This is now the 7th. time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh", Trump wrote.

His column appeared aimed at winning over the three GOP senators who remain undecided. Heidi Heitkamp, N.D., and Joe Manchin III, W.Va., also have yet to announce how they will vote.

The FBI's investigation found nothing to corroborate the sexual assault allegations a top Republican senator said Thursday.

The timing of the vote could be complicated by Republican Senator Steve Daines, whose office said yesterday he planned to attend his daughter's wedding in Montana tomorrow, making him unavailable to cast his vote.

Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate and changed Senate rules a year ago to end filibusters for Supreme Court nominees.

But several Democrats lit into the process, with Senator Ron Wyden branding it a "whitewash" and Senator Mazie Hirono wincing at Republican claims of comprehensiveness.

Trump said the protesters' "rage-fuelled resistance is starting to backfire at a level nobody has ever seen before".

Polls are showing that this nomination fight has animated Republicans like no other.

US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh declared himself "independent, impartial" Thursday in a highly unusual plea following criticism of his performance at a Senate committee hearing on sexual assault allegations against him.

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Two of the undeclared Republicans emerged from the secure briefing facility Thursday accepting the Federal Bureau of Investigation report as "thorough", bolstering Republican hopes for confirmation. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.

She paid two visits to the off-limits room where the document was being displayed to politicians.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, said she was "still reviewing" her decision.

"Part of why this investigation was asked for was it gets the burden off of the Senate and drops it into the FBI's lap", Anderson asserted. "Nobody told them where to go, who to interview or how to interview them", Mr.

Some activists unfurled banners saying they believed the woman who alleges Judge Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were teenagers. The FBI interviewed only 10 people. She said that while Democrats had agreed to limit the probe's scope, "we did not agree that the White House should tie the FBI's hands".

A hefty police presence added an air of anxiety, as did thousands of anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators.

Capitol police have arrested dozens of people in recent days for unlawfully demonstrating in Senate office buildings. She continued, "The White House is trying to jam this through as fast as they can... is the FBI doing the thorough investigation that was promised? No".

Other women have also come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh, including Deborah Ramirez, who told The New Yorker that she remembers Kavanaugh exposing himself to her at a dormitory party.

Senators said the documents they examined totalled about 50 pages.

Christine Blasey Ford charged Judge, Kavanaugh's friend from Georgetown Prep, was in the room when she claims Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and covered her mouth when she screamed during a high school party in the 1980s.

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