The timing of the vote could be complicated by Republican Senator Steve Daines, whose office said on Thursday he planned to attend his daughter's wedding in Montana on Saturday, making him unavailable to cast his vote.
The shift has bolstered Republican hopes of saving their Senate majority in the November 6 elections.
In morning tweets, Trump decried what he said was "harsh and unfair treatment" of Kavanaugh, who has undergone previous FBI background checks for other federal jobs, and accused Democrats of obstructing the confirmation process.
Heitkamp has been viewed as a potential swing vote and one of the senators who could decide the fate of the nomination.
Senators delayed a vote on Kavanaugh so the FBI could conduct a background investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Each wants to see the results of the FBI investigation.
And with uncommitted senators such as Flake and Susan Collins expressing satisfaction with the report, Kavanaugh is virtually certain to join the high court.
Speaking in response on the Senate floor, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said a majority of Americans believe Ford's claims over Kavanaugh. "Nobody told them where to go, who to interview or how to interview them", Mr.
The Left has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of being a drunken, conservative, Irish Catholic rapist.
Fueled by resistance to Trump, polls have found Democrats were far more enthusiastic about voting than Republicans for most of the year. At 53, he is likely to serve on the court for decades if confirmed.
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While in Asia, Pompeo will also visit Japan, South Korea and China, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said. On Saturday, Trump lavished praise on Kim and said they had fallen "in love" after exchanging letters.
West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito - like Ford, a graduate of the Holton-Arms School - has said she supports Kavanaugh. During her testimony in front of the committee, she said Kavanaugh covered her mouth to hide her screams as he grinded on her and attempted to remove her one-piece bathing suit.
Writing in an op-ed today in the Wall Street Journal, the embattled Kavanaugh said, "I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been".
He noted that his subsequent rebuttal was "forceful and passionate".
"I think that it would have been a good thing to do, as a capstone to the follow-up of the special inquiry, to go ahead and interview her and get her statement on the record to the Federal Bureau of Investigation", said Chris Swecker, a former assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is declining Democrats' request for a briefing by FBI agents on the investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Judge has said he did not recall the events described by Ford and that he never saw Kavanaugh act in the manner that she describes.
Kavanaugh's nomination has become a flashpoint in the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault.
The impassioned fight over whether to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has led to heightened security at the Capitol, with some senators using police escorts to shield them from protesters eager to confront them.
On Wednesday, the three Republican senators key to Kavanaugh's approval blasted Trump for mocking Ford's memory lapses at a political rally. But he did not apologize for his behavior at the hearing, in which he interrupted senators, turned questions about drinking back on them and seeded his opening remarks with comments about "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" and left-wing groups.
A procedural vote on Kavanaugh's nomination is set for Friday. If so, that could be enough for a Trump victory.