Senate Democrats suggest past Federal Bureau of Investigation probes found evidence of Kavanaugh misconduct

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell moved to end debate on President Donald Trump's pick, who became the most controversial high court nominee in decades after multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual assault or misconduct against him.

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.

Mr Flake and senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were instrumental last week in holding up Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation vote.

At a rally Tuesday night in Mississippi, Trump made fun of Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Asked whether Mr Trump's comments would affect her vote, Senator Murkowski told reporters, "I am taking everything into account". I don't know. I don't know.

"Upstairs, downstairs where was it?"

"I had one beer!" he said, impersonating Ford. 'I don't remember.' Where is the place?

"This is unfair. What they're doing to this good, decent man can not stand", Graham said. I'm the first person to say, 'I want to hear from Dr. Ford.' I thought she was handled respectfully.

Collins on Wednesday called Trump's scoffing at Ford "just plain wrong".

Sen. Chris Coons of DE, the Democrat who paired with Republican Sen.

"I would tell him to knock it off. The President's comments yesterday mocking Dr Ford were wholly inappropriate and, in my view, unacceptable".

"Every single word Judge Kavanaugh has said has been picked apart, every single word, second by second of his testimony has been picked apart, yet if anybody says anything about the accusations that have been thrown against them that's totally off limits and outrageous", Sanders said, speaking at the first White House press briefing since September 10.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh returns from a break in his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018.

Trump ordered the FBI investigation last Friday, limiting its duration to no more than a week.

It was unclear whether the White House, which for weeks has raised doubts about the allegations, had finalized its review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation interview reports.

Fischer has said she intends to support Kavanaugh, but added, "We're going to see what the investigation brings, and let's get the vote".

Kennedy said that if all findings can not be released, he'dsupportan objective summary of the report to be shared to avoid senators leaking "selected versions that advance their position".

"Let's let the people decide whether or not their senator was right in voting "no" against this good man", he said.

Republicans now hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate.

While the report's conclusions were as yet unknown, there was already a partisan battle over it as Trump and the Senate Republican leadership battled to corral enough support for a majority vote for Kavanaugh in the days ahead.

Instead, the bureau interviewed three people who Ford said attended the party: Mark Judge, Patrick Smyth and Leland Keyser.

But Flake also said that the President's attack would not influence his vote.

The senator said he was requesting the recordings because the committee has obtained a letter that "raises specific concerns" about the reliability of Ford's polygraph test.

Ford told Senate Judiciary Committee that, despite some memory lapses, she was "100 percent certain" it was a drunken Kavanaugh who pinned her to a bed, groped her, and put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams for help. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's accusation as well as allegations by two other women, all dating from the 1980s.