Who spoke in the Kavanaugh investigation — FBI interviews

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Kavanaugh's confirmation process has been marred by protests and demonstrations in Senate halls. "Nobody is supposed to be guilty until proven innocent in this country", he said, blasting Democrats and outside groups for the "literal mudslide of wild, uncorroborated accusations" against Kavanaugh.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said early Thursday that he had the Kavanaugh FBI report: "Supplemental FBI background file for Judge Kavanaugh has been received", he tweeted.

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

Kavanaugh, in a fiery response, rejected the allegations and further sexual misconduct claims against him from two other women.

The battle over Kavanaugh has riveted Americans weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans.

The FBI, at the request of Democrats and a key Republican senator, Jeff Flake of Arizona, was given a week to look into allegations by a university professor, Christine Blasey Ford, that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her when they were teenagers decades ago.

She said Mr Kavanaugh was drunk and had pinned her on to a bed, tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she screamed.

Ramirez, who is a former classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale, said Kavanaugh drunkenly exposed himself.

As for now, the report will not be released to the public.

One copy of the report exists for all 100 senators to read. "Given that no new information was brought to light, it is time to vote". Heitkamp is in a tough re-election battle in a state Trump by nearly 36 percentage points.

Ford's legal team sent a letter Thursday to FBI Director Christopher Wray questioning why his agents did not interview Ford, as well as other witnesses they said would have challenged Kavanaugh's testimony, including Ford's husband and her polygraph examiner.

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White House spokesman Raj Shah said the Trump administration was "fully confident" Kavanaugh had the necessary support.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin.

And a new poll out Wednesday showed the Democratic enthusiasm advantage that has led the midterm campaigns has all but disappeared, something Republicans credit to the treatment of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Kavanaugh has said stories of his bad behavior while drinking are exaggerated.

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews were to focus on sexual assault allegations, Democrats have also questioned Kavanaugh's drinking habits during high school and college, and dishonest comments they say he has made about his background.

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.

"There is no chance in the world that they're going to scare us out of doing our duty", he said. Kavanaugh, 53, now a judge on the powerful District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, has denied the claims.

White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday echoed the president's newly aggressive approach.

In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Ford's lawyers noted that the agency declined to interview Ford or any of more than a dozen people they said could provide relevant information, calling the five-day investigation "a stain on the process, on the FBI and on our American ideal of justice".

Ford, who testified last week at a dramatic Judiciary Committee hearing, said she could not remember the precise date or location of the alleged assault or how she got home later but offered a detailed account of the incident. At the hearing, he vehemently defended his innocence and derided what he called "a calculated and orchestrated political hit".

Prof Ford's lawyer said eight people were not interviewed who could corroborate her claims, while Ms Ramirez's lawyer said more than 20 witnesses were not contacted.

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