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Democrats wrote to Grassley challenging a Tuesday tweet by GOP aides saying prior investigations never found "a whiff of ANY issue - at all - related in any way to inappropriate sexual behavior or alcohol abuse". "There's nothing in it that we didn't already know".

A vote on Saturday can come as early as Saturday afternoon.

An angry Judge Brett Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee late last week: "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace". They are Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, said it was "a very thorough investigation". Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, called for an FBI investigation into the allegations last week.

Democrats complained that the investigation was shoddy, omitting interviews with numerous potential witnesses, and accused the White House of limiting the FBI's leeway. "Those fears have been realized".

Christine Blasey Ford said he drunkenly groped her and attempted to take her clothes off in what she believed was a rape attempt when they were teenagers decades ago. The majority staff on the committee interviewed - under penalty of felony - individuals likely to have knowledge of claims against Kavanaugh.

He added: "It's time to vote".

But Republicans moved forward with plans for a key procedural vote today and a final vote tomorrow on confirming the conservative federal appeals judge for a lifetime job on the top U.S. court.

It's expected that many senators will want to read or be briefed on the supplemental background check, which the Senate is expected to receive no later than Thursday. Just one physical copy of the report will be available, and only to senators and 10 committee staffers cleared to view the material. 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 ..."

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Experts are split about whether the Kavanaugh uproar will fuel Republican or Democratic turnout, but Trump insisted that the "harsh and unfair" treatment of Kavanaugh by Democrats is having "an incredible upward impact on voters".

Underscoring the hardening partisan lines, one of the two undecided Democratic senators said she'd oppose Kavanaugh.

But several Democrats lit into the process, with Senator Ron Wyden branding it a "whitewash" and Senator Mazie Hirono wincing at Republican claims of comprehensiveness.

The letter says that in his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Kavanaugh "displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for election to the highest court of the land".

For his part, Kavanaugh testified he was "100 percent certain" none of the alleged incidents of sexual misconduct occurred. "I've had demonstrators in my office for two weeks now - both for Kavanaugh and against Kavanaugh".

On Wednesday, the three Republican senators key to Kavanaugh's approval blasted Trump for mocking Blasey Ford's memory lapses at a political rally.

Grassley has been accused of attempting to silence Kavanaugh's accusers and rush through a vote on the nominee before Sen.

This scenario is projected in the figure below, which illustrates that no other nominee since 1981 has been put forward by a president who lost the popular vote and confirmed by votes from senators representing a minority of the American public.