Five senators hold keys to Kavanaugh's Supreme Court bid

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The opinion piece by Judge Kavanaugh appeared in The Wall Street Journal hours after Republicans confidently declared that a supplemental week-long FBI investigation found nothing to corroborate sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump's court pick. They accused the White House of limiting the FBI's leeway.

Kavanaugh has denied allegations of sexual misconduct in high school and college.

Ford, who testified last week at a dramatic Judiciary Committee hearing, accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down, trying to remove his clothing and covering her mouth when she screamed.

"He gratuitously indulged in hyperpartisan rhetoric against "the left, ' describing his stormy confirmation as 'a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fuelled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election" and 'revenge on behalf of the Clintons, '" The Post's editorial board wrote.

Mr Kavanaugh denied the claim - and allegations that he drank to the point of memory loss at the time - in a feisty confrontation with senators. Murphy said his partisan response to Ford's allegations and mischaracterization of the contents of his own high school yearbook should disqualify him from a seat on the Supreme Court.

Durbin said he agrees with former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who declared Thursday Kavanaugh doesn't belong on the bench.

"We were planning to shut down the Capitol Building but the authorities were so scared of this Women's Wave that they shut it down for us", the Women's March tweeted, adding that "1000 plus women, survivors and allies have gathered in the Hart Senate Building". Others held signs that read: "Kava-Nope". Capitol Police eventually arrested more than 300 people, including comedian and actress Amy Schumer.

"I believe Kavanaugh is part of a Big Old Boys club that is going to protect him no matter what", said Angela Trzepkowski, 55, from Delaware.

Collins was one of three Republicans seen as undecided on Kavanaugh's nomination.

A senior Senate Republican aide said there was growing confidence that Collins, Flake and Manchin - all swing votes - would support Kavanaugh. "There's nothing in it that we didn't already know". A final vote could come Saturday.

After the latest FBI background investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh's behavior as a teenager, Senate Republicans have taken a major step to advance his nomination.

Early Thursday morning, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced the the committee had received the FBI's background check on Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

But Democrats said the five-day inquiry was "incomplete" because it was limited by the White House. "Those fears have been realised". Collins is expected to announce her decision in a speech on the Senate floor at 3 p.m. Friday.

Mr Trump and his fellow Republicans said the new Federal Bureau of Investigation report had cleared their nominee.

Democrats say Republicans have tried to rush the process. Hatch waved and told them to "grow up" as he entered an elevator surrounded by aides.

The FBI reached out to 10 witnesses, although nine were ultimately interviewed, according to senators and the White House.

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