‘Absolutely nothing’ to prove claims against Kavanaugh, confirmation to proceed - Senate GOP

United States President Donald J. Trump speaks with members of the media prior to boarding Marine One for his departure from the White House

"Fundamentally, we senators ought to wipe away the muck from all the mudslinging and politics and look at this nomination with clear eyes", Grassley said.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said the Trump administration was "fully confident" Kavanaugh had the necessary support. The FBI also interviewed Christopher "Squi" Garrett and Timothy "Timmy" Gaudette, another classmate of Kavanaugh's who appeared on the July 1 calendar entry.

Top Democrats fired back at Grassley after getting their own briefing.

On Wednesday, at the Atlantic Festival, Graham was likewise snippy with the audience after they booed him for saying that Kavanaugh was treated "like crap" by Senate Democrats during Judiciary Committee hearings, telling the people in the crowd "oh boo yourself".

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell chewed the most scenery, calling the process a "shameful spectacle that has embarrassed the senate".

"I think it's safe to say the national spectacle the professional left has created around Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process has now reached some kind of fever pitch", he said, adding the past 17 days have been a "feeding frenzy" against Kavanaugh and his family.

In a statement Wednesday night after McConnell set the vote in motion, Ford's counsel wrote: "An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford - nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony - can not be called an investigation".

One person who evidently did not was Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. He provided no specifics.

"Most importantly, this great life can not be ruined by mean & despicable Democrats and totally uncorroborated allegations", Trump said.

Updates at 10:41 with Grassley's statement.

Lawyer Alan Abramson said he represented a friend of Ramirez's who was hoping to share an account of a conversation the two had in the early 1990s about an incident in her freshman year.




McConnell said the Senate can not become known for destroying the reputations of nominees based on uncorroborated allegations from 40 years ago. No Republicans have said they will vote against Kavanaugh.

Trump weighed in hours later. She said she was never interviewed, and she vented her frustrations in an email to an agent.

The report arrived at a Capitol palpably tense over the political stakes of the nomination fight and from aggressive anti-Kavanaugh protesters who have rattled and reportedly harassed senators. Feeding the anxiety was an unusually beefy presence of the U.S. Capitol Police, who were keeping demonstrators and frequently reporters at arm's length by forming wedges around lawmakers walking through corridors.

The reports are not expected to be made public. She sided with Flake and Collins on the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

Moderate Republican Susan Collins of ME, who also has not announced how she will vote, said it "appears very thorough". "I know this is enjoyable to y'all", Corker said before walking to his vehicle.

Collins told reporters that Trump's lampooning of Ford at a Tuesday night MS campaign rally was "just plain wrong." Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, called it "wholly inappropriate and in my view unacceptable", and Sen.

Flake, the third Republican swing vote, said there was "no time and no place for remarks like that".

Those senators, along with Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have yet to declare how they will vote. "I think that what they've done is clearly try to unleash a bunch of false charges to destroy Judge Kavanaugh", she told Fox's Brian Kilmeade.

Most Democrats opposed Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh from the outset.

Feinstein added, "Democrats agreed that the investigation's scope should be limited". Democrats wrote that the Republican tweet contained information that is "not accurate".

Ford, now a California psychology professor, has testified that when the drunken Kavanaugh attacked her, she believed he was trying to rape her.

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