Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants a final Senate vote on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination on Saturday. "At the same time, just so we all understand, this is our seventh investigation of a man who has really.you look at his life until this happened, what change he's gone through, what his family's gone through", he said.
First though, senators are expected Thursday to review an Federal Bureau of Investigation report on allegations Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman when both were teenagers and that he exposed himself to another woman during their first year of college. A day before the vote, both Ford and Kavanaugh offered emotional testimony on the allegations. "And right now, that's sort of where our focus needs to be", said Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, who has traded barbs with Trump and will retire at year's end. It would have to include interviews with Ford's husband, her therapist and three of her friends, all of whom she reportedly told about the alleged 1982 assault by Kavanaugh - as well as the polygraph expert whose examination found her truthful. "'I don't remember,"' Trump said at the rally in Southaven.
But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, calling Trump's remarks "reprehensible,"said the president owes Blasey Ford an immediate apology. That's the only thing I remember", Mr Trump mocked".
While some senators from both parties have said they'd like at least a summary of the findings to be released, Senate procedures call for such checks to be kept confidential and it's unclear what will be released, other than through leaks.
More than one observer has noted the absurdity of the Republican rush to approve Kavanaugh, considering how the Republicans used delay to kill then-President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland.
In an interview, No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of IL said McConnell was "hell-bent on getting this done" this week. Kavanaugh has said that accusation also is false.
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"He was a sloppy drunk - I remember him asleep on his feet slurring his words", said Klaus, a former roommate of Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a drunken Yale dormitory party.More news: FCC, FEMA to test 'Wireless Emergency Alert' system on Wednesday
The FBI's supplemental investigation began last Friday night, USA time, after an official request from the Senate judiciary committee and an order from the White House.
King, an independent from ME who caucuses with Democrats, said that "to turn her powerful testimony into a political rally punchline". The FBI is still investigating the allegations against Kavanaugh. Republicans argue Ford had her say when she testified on Capitol Hill last week.
Officials said Trump is seeking to boost Hyde-Smith as close as possible to the 50 percent threshold and lend momentum for a possible runoff.
King said that not only did Trump mock Blasey Ford, but he also "mischaracterized" her recollection of the events, as the president failed to point out that she did "vividly remember" numerous painful details of the assault. 'I don't know. But I had one beer. 'Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?' I don't know. Asked whether the President's attack would sway her vote, she answered: "I am taking everything into account".
The court's nine justices are appointed for life and have the final say on some of the most contentious issues in United States public life, from abortion to gun control and voting laws.
Republican senator Jeff Flake is among those who have taken issue with comments Mr Trump made.
Outside the US Supreme Court, several hundred people protested against Kavanaugh on Wednesday, carrying signs with messages such as, "We will not be silent" and "I believe survivors".