Protesters arrested after staging sit-in at Senate office building

Protesters arrested after staging sit-in at Senate office building

Protesters arrested after staging sit-in at Senate office building

"It looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation that was limited perhaps by the White House, I don't know", Feinstein told reporters.

Dozens were arrested by Capitol police, including model Emily Ratajkowski.

But Republicans moved forward with plans for a key procedural vote today and a final vote tomorrow on confirming the conservative federal appeals judge for a lifetime job on the top U.S. court.

Senator Susan Collins, a Maine Republican who also has yet to declare her stand on the nomination, was also critical of Trump. If it passes, the Senate expects to vote on his final confirmation on Saturday.

But even before the report was formally sent to the Senate, lawyers for Ford criticized what they viewed as an incomplete Federal Bureau of Investigation probe. "Nobody is supposed to be guilty until proven innocent in this country", he said, blasting Democrats and outside groups for the "literal mudslide of wild, uncorroborated accusations" against Kavanaugh. Jeff Flake, one of three Republicans and perhaps one wavering Democrat who will determine whether the judge accused of sexual misconduct will become a justice.

The President made fun of Dr Ford's inability to remember some details about what happened, news.com.au reports.

A spokesman for Hassan declined to comment Wednesday night.

West Virginia's Joe Manchin, the other undeclared Democrat, spent time looking at the report and said he would resume reading it Friday. Republicans did not want to pursue whether Kavanaugh lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee about his alcohol use in high school and college.

Women were far more likely than men in the poll to oppose Kavanaugh, 55 per cent to 40 per cent.

With Republicans clinging to a razor-thin 51-49 Senate majority and five senators - including three Republicans - still publicly undeclared, the conservative jurist's prospects of Senate confirmation could hinge largely on the file's contents.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980's during a high school house gathering.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation leveled against him by Ford. At times, my testimony-both in my opening statement and in response to questions-reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused, without corroboration, of disgusting conduct completely contrary to my record and character. "I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said", he wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Thursday.

Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate and changed Senate rules a year ago to end filibusters for Supreme Court nominees.

Kavanaugh's demeanor and conduct during the hearing alarmed the law professors. Their decision could make or break Kavanaugh's nomination.

The Palm Beach Post reported that Stevens, speaking in Florida, said that he initially supported Kavanaugh's nomination and changed his mind.

President Donald Trump, who was briefed on the findings of the report Thursday, signaled support for his nominee, decrying "harsh and unfair treatment" of Kavanaugh in an early morning tweet. Just one physical copy of the report will be available, and only to senators and 10 committee staffers cleared to view the material. Senators were allowed to take notes but not remove them from the room, he said. If so, that could be enough for a Trump victory.

Thousands of anti-Kavanaugh protesters rallied outside the Supreme Court and entered a Senate office building, holding signs such as "Believe Survivors" and "Kava-Nope".

"At that time, I thought [Kavanaugh] had the qualifications for the Supreme Court should he be selected", Stevens said. Republican leaders sounded unmoved.

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