US Senate to receive Federal Bureau of Investigation report on Brett Kavanaugh

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, as senators prepare to view the results of the FBI's supplemental background investigation into Kavanaugh Thursday morning.

Republican senator Jeff Flake is among those who have taken issue with comments Mr Trump made.

"The president's comment were just plain wrong", said Sen.

A day after the hearing, Trump had called Ford "a very credible witness" who provided "very compelling" testimony.

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In the latest seven-day average in a survey of 4,057 USA adults, 41 percent of respondents opposed Kavanaugh, 33 percent supported him and 26 percent said they did not know.

That means if all the Democrats vote against Mr Kavanaugh, Mr Trump could not afford to have more than one Republican oppose his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote.

'I think for everybody who listened, there was a lot of discussion about how memory works in somebody who has experienced trauma'.

Flake told NBC's "Today" show that "there's no time and no place for remarks like that, that discuss something this sensitive at a political rally".

Raj Shah, the principal deputy press secretary for the White House, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation report is now "being transmitted to the Senate". Mr. McConnell rejected that request in a letter Wednesday to Mr. Schumer, saying Democrats would use it to delay Mr. Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"No one is looking at whether the accusations made are corroborated".

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley tweeted early Thursday, "Supplemental FBI background file for Judge Kavanaugh has been received".

"The testimony by Dr Ford was compelling but you can't make this decision based on emotion".

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Flake, Collins and Murkowski are facing fierce pressure from their left and right over their reservations about Kavanaugh.

"There will be plenty of time for members to review and be briefed on the supplemental material" before Friday's vote, McConnell said to the almost empty chamber.

Kavanaugh has also not been helped by the emergence of former Yale classmates who have accused him of lying to the committee about his college drinking habits when he told the panel that he "did not drink beer to the point of blacking out".

It's been five days since Republican Sen.

"So President Trump went through a factual rendition that I didn't particularly like and I would tell him "knock it off. You're not helping", Graham said during an on-stage interview at The Atlantic Ideas Festival, which was broadcast on C-SPAN".

But White House counselor Kellyanne Conway brushed off criticism of the President and bolstered the toughened White House line towards Ford.

"With all of that you can not say that we've done anything but be respectful, and I do".

"The President was stating the facts", Ms Sanders said.

The poll was based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,462 adults, conducted from September 24 to September 30 -after Kavanaugh and Ford testified before the Senate about the sexual assault allegations - and featured a 3 percent margin of error at 95 percent confidence level.

The President's remarks also offered an opening to critics of the Kavanaugh nomination, including Democratic Sen.

Ford testified before the Senate judiciary committee in Washington on September 27.

He reiterated his earlier claims Tuesday that nowadays you are "guilty until proven innocent", and stepped up his line of argument that men are under attack in America, without mentioning survivors of sexual assault.