Mitch McConnell Sets Friday Vote to Thwart Filibuster of Brett Kavanaugh

Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill

"It's time to put this sickening display behind us", McConnell said in remarks on the Senate floor earlier in the day.

If they don't have the votes, the nomination fails.

Hours before Trump's speech, Ford's lawyers sent a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray saying they've received no response from anyone involved in the reopened background investigation Kavanaugh.

The FBI has completed its interview of Mark Judge, a key witness to the alleged incident between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and professor Christine Blasey Ford, but the agency hasn't contacted Ford, their representatives said Tuesday.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of NY, fired back in remarks after McConnell, saying the weeklong delay to the let the FBI investigate came at the request of Republican senators who weren't prepared to vote for Kavanaugh's nomination.

Addressing thousands of supporters at a MS rally, Trump gave his own re-enactment of Ford's responses to questions at last week's Senate hearing where she testified that Kavanaugh assaulted her.

It marked the sharpest criticism by Trump of Ford since she came forward publicly with the allegation last month.

Mr Trump was accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women.

Blumenthal told Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "The Situation Room" that "The clarification of that tweet would require me to go into the FBI report, but what that tweet highlights very dramatically and directly is the need for a full investigation, and for the public to know what's in that investigation, which is why it should be made public and why the facts here are really so important". I don't know. I don't know!

"I know yesterday [McConnell] said that was not going to be the case, but I have a feeling they're probably trying to figure out some way of disseminating this", Corker said. "That's the only thing I remember". The man said he was not that person and told them to stop looking at him.

"There's no time and no place for remarks like that", he said on NBC's Today show.

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Collins on called Trump's scoffing at Ford "just plain wrong".

Sen. Bob Corker speaks to members of the media after a weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon at the Capitol on May 8, 2018, in Washington. He has previously called Dr Ford a "very credible witness".

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's accusation as well as allegations by two other women, all dating from the 1980s, while accusing Democrats of a political "hit".

Democrats are raising new questions about the truthfulness of United States supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's sworn testimony to the USA senate.

As he flew aboard Air Force One to the MS rally, Trump was enraged by New York Times articles about Kavanaugh's high school and college years and alleging tax avoidance efforts by the president and his family, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Trump ordered the FBI investigation last Friday, limiting its duration to no more than a week.

Even Trump ally Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said at an event hosted by The Atlantic magazine: "I would tell him, knock it off". Republican Senators John Kennedy and Roy Blunt said the Federal Bureau of Investigation report should be made public.

The party has only a 51-49 Senate majority.

In the latest seven-day average in a survey of 4,057 US adults, 41 percent of respondents opposed Kavanaugh, 33 percent supported him and 26 percent said they did not know.

The senator said he is requesting the recordings because the committee has obtained a letter that "raises specific concerns" about the reliability of Ford's polygraph test.

'Wow, such enthusiasm and energy for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, ' Trump posted.

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