WH confident after reading Federal Bureau of Investigation report on Kavanaugh

Rachel Mitchell questions Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Ford

Rachel Mitchell questions Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Ford

Confidence grew among President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans on Thursday that Brett Kavanaugh would win Senate confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, after positive comments from two wavering lawmakers about an Federal Bureau of Investigation report on accusations of sexual misconduct by the judge.

Senate Judiciary Committee member Republican Jeff Flake speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on September 28, 2018, on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

In a statement Wednesday night after McConnell set the vote in motion, Ford's counsel wrote: "An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford - nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony - can not be called an investigation".

Last week, Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the early 1980s.

The FBI's investigation will not be made public.

Republican optimism is building that Brett Kavanaugh will be voted onto the Supreme Court as party leaders claimed an FBI investigation discovered no new bombshells and two wavering senators expressed satisfaction with the probe.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell arrives to read the FBI's report on their investigation into sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., October 4, 2018. Kavanaugh, 53, now a judge on the powerful District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, has denied the claims.

"There's nothing in it that we didn't already know", Grassley said, basing his comment on a briefing he said he'd received from committee aides.

The Senate Judiciary Committee's top Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein said she had not yet had access to the entire report - but that from what she had seen it appeared insufficient to lay to rest concerns about 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.

The White House believes the FBI report addressed the Senate's questions about Kavanaugh, Shah told CNN, adding that the FBI reached out to 10 people in its investigation and "comprehensively interviewed" nine of them.

The investigation was always unlikely to answer definitively whether Kavanaugh was guilty of sexual misconduct decades ago.

Feinstein added, "Democrats agreed that the investigation's scope should be limited".

About 3,000 demonstrators gathered outside the Supreme Court to protest Kavanaugh's nomination, including a loud contingent from ME calling on Republican Susan Collins - another undecided senator - to vote against Kavanaugh's nomination to the country's top court. Jeff Flake said on NBC's Today show that the remarks were "kind of appalling".

Amid complaints that some lawmakers were being confronted outside their homes, McConnell claimed on the Senate floor that the protesters were "part of the organized effort" to derail Kavanaugh's nomination. Senator Murkowski called Trump's speech "wholly inappropriate" and "unacceptable". It was one of a number of parties at which Swetnick says girls were targeted with alcohol for sexual abuse or rape.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin. "I think that what they've done is clearly try to unleash a bunch of false charges to destroy Judge Kavanaugh", she told Fox's Brian Kilmeade.

Investigators spoke to Ms Ramirez for more than two hours on Sunday, and she provided a list of more than 20 possible witnesses.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who represents the red state of West Virginia, is the lone hold out.

The three senators criticised Mr Trump after he mocked Prof Ford at a rally on Tuesday for not recalling some details of the alleged assault.

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Sen.

"We have differing views about the other qualifications of Judge Kavanaugh".

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