At senators behest, the FBI investigated and the agency's latest report Thursday did not corroborate "any of the sexual misconduct allegations against" Kavanaugh, said Majority Leader and Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell, according to the Associated Press.
A hefty police presence added an air of anxiety, as did thousands of noisy anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators who gathered outside the Supreme Court and in Senate office buildings. Some held signs calling Kavanaugh a liar and "unfit" to serve. Kavanaugh also testified and denied the allegations.
The likelihood of Judge Kavanaugh winning a full Senate vote appeared to increase on Thursday after two Republicans whose votes will be essential gave a positive account of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry.
This spin can be explained in only one of two ways: Either Senate Democrats piously demanding an FBI investigation had no understanding of what such an investigation entails or, much more likely, they have been cynically playing for delays all along. "The second thing we know for sure is that there's no way anything we did would satisfy the Democrats". If that succeeds, a final roll call was expected Saturday as the long, emotional battle over the conservative jurist drew toward its climax.
"Democrats are willing to do anything and to hurt anyone to get their way, like they're doing with Judge Kavanaugh", he told cheering supporters in Johnson City, Tennessee, where Republican Marsha Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen are embroiled in a toss-up race. They are Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republicans Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
He said the investigation was thorough, and for the witnesses interviewed "it's a cross between an endoscopy and a colonoscopy".
Even though the report is not public, if there was a bombshell revelation in it about Kavanaugh, the Democrats would have said so. I don't know. Where's the house? "Those fears have been realized".
California university professor Christine Blasey Ford testified last week that Kavanaugh groped her and attempted to take her clothes off in what she believed was a rape attempt when they were teenagers decades ago.
Flake told reporters that "we've seen no additional corroborating information" about the claims against Kavanaugh. "It's time to vote".
Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, urged an end to what he called "partisan histrionics" and called for a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.
But 10 staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee will have access to the report in hard copy so they can brief senators who have not have time to read it for themselves.
The chairman of the Senate judiciary committee says the FBI found "no hint of misconduct" in its investigation into Brett Kavanaugh. He said from the Senate floor on Thursday, "We have a chance to do good here and underscore the basic tenant of fairness in our country". His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications.
"There are dozens of people out there that they could have questioned", Hirono told AFP.
The movement to stop Kavanaugh isn't just a "woman's issue" fight - Hillary Shelton of the NAACP spoke on numerous issues that Judge Kavanaugh has been bad on such as voting rights and race.