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The interviews are not expected to be made public, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told reporters on Wednesday afternoon.

The FBI must interview Mark Judge, the Kavanaugh friend identified by Ford as having been present during the alleged assault and as a somewhat reluctant participant.

US President Donald Trump is facing criticism from fellow Republicans after he mocked a woman who says she was assaulted by his Supreme Court nominee. Any combination of two of them, combined with the vice president's tie-breaking vote, would be enough to put Judge Kavanaugh on the high court.

While trying to round up votes on his side, McConnell has also taken sharp aim at Democrats, accusing them of trying to "move the goal posts" on Kavanaugh's confirmation fight by suggesting that Friday would be too soon for a key vote on him.

After filing a cloture petition, lawmakers must wait one legislative day before proceeding to the cloture vote, according to Senate rules.

Mr Flake said on United States television: "There's no time and no place for remarks like that, that discuss something this sensitive at a political rally".

The FBI, which reportedly interviewed several people connected to Ford's claim is expected to release its final report on Thursday.

Kavanaugh also testified before the committee - and vehemently denied the allegation. Women, on the other hand, are far more on Ford's side: 52 percent believe her, 27 percent say Kavanaugh.

A day after the hearing, Mr Trump had called Ms Blasey Ford "a very credible witness" who provided "very compelling" testimony.

"I just got this text does anyone know what it means?" 'I don't know. But I had one beer.

"It's a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of", he said, adding: "My whole life, I've heard you're innocent until proven guilty". "It's kind of appalling".

"The president's comment were just plain wrong", said Sen.

Senator Susan Collins surrounded by reporters asking her questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
JACQUELYN MARTIN APSenator Susan Collins surrounded by reporters asking her questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

If confirmed, Kavanaugh - an appellate judge and judicial conservative - would replace retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

"I would tell him, knock it off".

Sen. Lindsey Graham defended President Donald Trump's mocking of Christine Blasey Ford, arguing that it was less degrading than how some Democrats responded to accusations against Bill Clinton. The audience laughed as Trump, at times inaccurately, recounted what he described as holes in her testimony. The FBI is still investigating the allegations against Kavanaugh.

Senate Democrats are disputing Republicans' suggestion that there's been no "whiff" of any inappropriate sexual behavior or alcohol abuse in Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's previous background checks.

The FBI inquiry began last week at the direction of the White House after Republican Sen.

Trump limited the investigation to no more than a week.

The administration's Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said Senators had been given ample time to review the background investigation and the White House was "fully confident" they would endorse Mr Kavanaugh. I don't remember. How'd you get there?

"I'm of the view that whatever could be made public should be, but that would be well outside the normal way these things are treated", said Republican senator Roy Bunt. Given the resources of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that wouldn't be an unreasonable scope, if only Republican senators were to care to find facts.

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The group said in a statement that at last week's dramatic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, he showed "extreme partisan bias", demonstrating he lacks the temperament to join the high court.

"I am taking everything into account", Senator Murkowski said when asked by reporters if it may affect her vote. "'I don't remember, '" Trump said. Republicans argue Ford had her say when she testified on Capitol Hill last week.

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