A friend of Christine Blasey Ford told FBI investigators that she felt pressured to clarify her original statement regarding an alleged sexual assault involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
If he joins the Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh, 53, would be expected to tilt its ideological balance in favour of conservatives.
If appointed, Mr Kavanaugh would tip the Supreme Court in favour of conservatives.
The letter also says Kavanaugh gave "intemperate, inflammatory" responses and was "discourteous" to senators.
Ford, who testified last week at a dramatic Judiciary Committee hearing, accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down, trying to remove his clothing and covering her mouth when she screamed.
"I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been", Kavanaugh wrote. "I might have been too emotional at times", he wrote in the op-ed headlined "I am an Independent, Impartial Judge".
"Beyond this shameful spectacle, which is an embarrassment to the Senate, what will endure are the actual facts before us", he said, adding that he looks forward to voting for the "well-qualified" Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.
All eyes are on those key Republicans who could make or break the confirmation - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.More news: Over 300 arrested in USA while protesting against Kavanaughs SC bid
"Nobody is supposed to be guilty until proven innocent in the United States of America", McConnell said on Capitol Hill on Thursday talking about Kavanaugh, while blasting Democrats.
Democrats assailed the probe as an incomplete vetting constrained by a White House determined to push through the lifetime appointment of Trump's man.
But despite the nod toward conciliation, Kavanaugh continued to lament the treatment he had been subject to, criticizing the accusations he faced as "wrongful and sometimes vicious allegations".
"I think women are going to turn out in very big numbers to express their opinion", Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, told reporters on Wednesday.
Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, wants to finish reading the report before he makes a decision, his spokesman told the Denver Post. The sharply partisan battle became an intense political drama when three women emerged to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the 1980s when he was in high school and college.
In his testimony, Kavanaugh complained about "a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election". But he did not apologize for his behavior at the hearing, in which he interrupted senators, turned questions about drinking back on them and seeded his opening remarks with comments about "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" and left-wing groups.
"I've now received a committee staff briefing on the FBI's supplement to Judge Kavanaugh's background investigation file", he said.
In total, the bureau said it reached out to 11 people and spoke to 10 after one witness identified by Ramirez refused to cooperate. "That is because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me". Both said they wanted the FBI investigation, and both denounced Trump's mockery of Ford this week in Mississippi.
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"I'm a survivor myself, and I didn't really tell my story, it happened in high school", Cathcart said at the District Court. However, the calendars he presented during his testimony showed that Kavanaugh had scheduled gatherings strikingly similar to the one Ford described.