Second, as soon as Saturday, senators will take a final vote on whether to confirm Kavanaugh to a lifetime seat on the high court - or not. The FBI also hasn't interviewed several potential witnesses identified by Ford's attorneys as people who could corroborate that she provided details of the attack years ago - a counterpoint to claims that her allegations may be politically motivated.
WASHINGTON - US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said in Wall Street Journal op-ed on Thursday that he "might have been too emotional at times" in his Senate testimony last week in which he denied accusations of sexual misconduct.
Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers say they'll turn over notes from her therapy sessions and any recordings of her taking a lie detector test to the FBI, if the bureau agrees to interview her.
Hundreds of demonstrators were arrested, including actress Amy Schumer.
Friday's vote is a procedural one to end the debate, and some fence-sitting senators could conceivably vote to advance Kavanaugh's nomination but still hold out their support ahead of a final confirmation roll call over the weekend. He was nominated by Trump to succeed retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was seen as a swing vote on the court.
Republicans have a slim 51-49 hold on the Senate.
"It smacks of a whitewash", Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal told reporters, saying the report should not give political cover for Republicans to vote for Kavanaugh because "it is blatantly incomplete".
"This is now the 7th time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh", Trump said in a tweet.
The FBI's report on its Brett Kavanaugh investigation is the hottest document in Washington, but there's only a single copy for 100 senators to share.
His behavior then also revealed his "deep distress at the unfairness of how this allegation has been handled", Kavanaugh said. Police have stepped up their presence in Capitol hallways, in some cases blocking news reporters and the public from approaching lawmakers. The spokesman did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
Both Flake and Collins spoke positively about the report, prompting speculation that it had given them sufficient political cover to move towards a "Yes" vote on Kavanaugh.
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"This investigation found no hint of misconduct", Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said in a statement.
Senator Joe Manchin, the only remaining undecided Democrat, said he would finish reading the report this morning.
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.
One Democratic senator facing a tough re-election in North Dakota, a state President Donald Trump won handily in 2016, announced she's against Kavanaugh.
Most Democrats opposed Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh from the outset.
With the rest of his party straining for the chance to elevate Kavanaugh and enshrine a conservative majority on the court that will validate half a century of movement politics, McConnell can only afford to lose one vote from his side.
"I believe Dr Ford, and I believe Kavanaugh is part of a Big Old Boys club that are going to protect him no matter what", said Trzepkowski, who came to the march with two male friends.
Kavanaugh said he was more emotional during the hearing than he has ever been before and that he "might have been too emotional at times" during his testimony due to "vile and violent threats" that his wife and daughters have faced in recent weeks.
"I was there as a son, husband and dad", he wrote.
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.