Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeted early Thursday morning that the committee had received the report and that members of the committee would have equal access to it. That's the only thing I remember.
Amid complaints that some lawmakers were being confronted outside their homes, McConnell claimed on the Senate floor that the protesters were "part of the organized effort" to derail Kavanaugh's nomination. But while only 68 percent of Republicans responded that way in July, 80 percent did this week - an indicator that Kavanaugh's confirmation fight has energized the Republican base.
In a statement, lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say the additional FBI background investigation didn't include interviewing Ford or the witnesses they say corroborate her testimony.
He explained the "Kavanaugh bump" is real, noting that Republican Senate challengers in red states have surged against Democratic incumbents amid the Kavanaugh debate. "So President Trump went through a factual rendition that I didn't particularly like and I would tell him to "Knock it off, you're not helping" but it can be worse - you can kill someone's cat and puncture their tires to get them to shut up".
JACQUELYN MARTIN APSenator Susan Collins surrounded by reporters asking her questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
It was shared in a New York Times op-ed on Wednesday and will be sent to the Senate on Thursday.
Agents spoke with Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh's who Ford said was in the room when she was assaulted.
It remains to be seen whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation report will be enough to win over the three Republicans and two Democrats who have yet to announce a position on confirmation.
It marked an aggressive change of tactics after Trump had opted to show restraint towards Christine Blasey Ford, calling her a "very credible witness" following her Senate testimony against Judge Brett Kavanaugh last week. He added of Thomas, "He's been on the Supreme Court for 26 years, and I've never heard anybody raise any questions about his temperament, and it's seemed to me to be just as dogmatic and as explosive as what he said". 'I don't know.' Where's the house?
In an interview with NBC News, U.S. Sen, Jeff Flake of Arizona called Trump's comments "kind of appalling".
Senior Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway likewise argued that Trump's comments were in-bounds in the political battle over Kavanaugh.
Meanwhile, the Republicans have agreed to a one-week FBI investigation of Ford's claims, along with those of others. "He was number one in his class at Yale, he was number one in his law school at Yale, and then what he's gone through over the last three weeks is incredible", he said.
On Wednesday, all three took issue with Trump's mocking of Ford the night before at a political rally in MS that drew laughs from his supporters.
Trump spent much of the rally, however, lamenting the treatment of Kavanaugh by Democrats, whose attacks, he said, had taken their toll on the judge's family.
Democrats also demanded that the FBI privately brief the Senate about the investigation before the chamber votes. I don't know. Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?
Kavanaugh testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary committee regarding sexual assault allegations at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, U.S., September 27, 2018. According to Kavanaugh's 1982 calendar, he hosted a party that included several people that Ford identified as being present on the night she was assaulted.
They continued: "It is troubling that the Committee Majority has characterized information from Judge Kavanaugh's confidential background investigation on Twitter, as that information is confidential and not subject to public release".