Federal Bureau of Investigation finds 'no hint of misconduct' into Kavanaugh, Senate judiciary chair says

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If that succeeds, a final roll call was expected on Saturday.

"I think women are going to turn out in very big numbers to express their opinion", Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, told reporters on Wednesday.

Kavanaugh's demeanor and conduct during the hearing alarmed the law professors.

Crowds of activists, many of whom wearing black - commonly associated with supporting sexual assault survivors - swarmed inside the Hart Senate Office Building Thursday afternoon.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has already started a process that will produce a crucial test vote in his polarized chamber Friday on Kavanaugh's fate. On the Senate floor, he witheringly called the accusations "uncorroborated mud".

A second undeclared Republican, Susan Collins of ME, also expressed satisfaction with the probe, calling it "a very thorough investigation" and paid two visits to the off-limits room where the document was being displayed to lawmakers.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, said she was "still reviewing" her decision.

Kavanaugh stood by his performance during last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at which he denied the misconduct allegations, made at the same hearing, of a California university professor.

One hundred senators are sharing one copy of the FBI's report into the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, resulting in staffers having to read aloud the document in order to save time.

It was a day when you could not tell who was winning by watching them.

Several Democratic senators that have come out against Kavanaugh said the judge doesn't deserve the presumption of innocence and one senator, Sen. "None of these last-minute allegations have been corroborated, as is confirmed by the seventh and latest FBI investigation", he said.

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Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the most notable part of the report "is what's not in it". In particular, she objected that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not interview Ford, despite the fact that Ford had already testified before the committee and expressly testified that she had nothing further to add. Schumer said, "We had many fears that this was a limited process ..."

Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia have also not declared how they will vote. Chuck Grassley accused the attorneys of "withholding material evidence".

Neither side specified what they were referring to.

The FBI's files are confidential.

Earlier, White House spokesman Raj Shah rebuffed Democrats' complaints, saying, "What critics want is a never-ending fishing expedition into high school drinking".

Senators said the documents they examined totalled about 50 pages.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said five of the witnesses involved Ford's claims and four were related to Deborah Ramirez, who has asserted that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when both were Yale freshmen.

Chuck Grassley, the most senior Republican on the Senate committee that vets nominees, said the investigation "found no hint of misconduct" - a comment backed up by a string of the party's senators. The chamber, in the Capitol Visitor Center adjacent to the Capitol, is also used for secret intelligence briefings. Now I don't say that from the standpoint of counting votes.

Confirming Kavanaugh before the midterms will help fire up President Donald Trump's base in turf that is solid Republican.

Ford, who testified before the judiciary committee in Washington on September 27, alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, when they were high school students.