Anti-Kavanaugh Vigils Held Across US as Senators Await FBI Report

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest and march against the U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in New York City. Reuters

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest and march against the U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in New York City. Reuters

WASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans are pushing forward on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) setting up the full Senate vote even before the FBI concludes its investigation or it's clear Kavanaugh has enough support. He has denied the allegations.

An activist hangs a sign on her dog during a protest against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018. Trump said. "And a man's life is in tatters!" But Democrats accused the administration of restricting the probe behind the scenes. Judge, Smyth and Keyser say they don't recall the incident described by Ford.

Senator Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, complained in an interview with Reuters that the White House had not responded to requests for documents detailing its instructions to the FBI about the scope of its investigation of Kavanaugh.

Trump drew laughs from supporters at a rally Tuesday night with his rendition of how Ford answered questions at last week's hearing.

The White House defended Trump's remarks. Kennedy said it would be "silly" to threaten to withhold his vote over the report being made public.

Sen. Chris Coons, the Democrat from DE who worked with Republican Sen. I don't care how many members they chase, how many people they harass here in the halls, we will not be intimated by these people, how many people they harass here in the halls.

"I thought it was obviously insensitive and appalling, frankly".

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gives her opening statement at the US Senate Judiciary Committee.

To guard the potentially sensitive information contained in the report, it'll be kept in a secure room.

The FBI's report will be delivered to the hill no later than Thursday.

President Donald Trump kisses Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, after introducing her at a rally. Other Republicans conceded that Trump's insults could be damaging. Many Republican senators have said they view the accusations and subsequent questions as desperate delay tactics on the part of Democrats.

A number of Kavanaugh's classmates have publicly said he misrepresented or lied about his drinking habits when he was in school, while he testified under oath in front of the Senate.

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President Donald Trump for the first time directly mocked Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by casting doubt on her testimony during a campaign rally.

They forced the White House to open a supplemental background investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against the judge.

Republicans called the Democrats' letter "baseless innuendo". 'How many years ago was it?' I don't know.

"Where's the house? I don't know!"

Kennedy said that if all findings can not be released, he'dsupportan objective summary of the report to be shared to avoid senators leaking "selected versions that advance their position".

The FBI's supplemental investigation began last Friday night, United States time, after an official request from the Senate judiciary committee and an order from the White House.

The FBI has already interviewed Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh, as well as at least three other people with information about the allegations made by Ford and a second accuser, Deborah Ramirez.

Ford alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her as a teen while at an high school party when he pinned her to a bed and tried to take her clothes off.

As the investigation of past actions continues, lawmakers in both parties are parsing Kavanaugh's testimony from last week.

It is unclear whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation will speak to Jamie Roche. Roche wrote an opinion piece published by Slate on Wednesday evening, U.S. time, where he says he was a roommate of Kavanaugh at Yale.

He said "Debbie's story was believable and that Brett was frequently, incoherently drunk". "This is a very hard time". She said Ford has "been treated like a Faberge egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president", and said Trump was merely "pointing out factual inconsistencies".

"I don't think what he said is any different than what Justice Thomas said", Grassley said.

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