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The strategy came as the FBI conducts a limited investigation into allegations of sexual assault by Kavanaugh but with great uncertainty about whether the probe will unearth anything conclusive by the end of the week, when Republicans are pressing for a vote. "Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me".

President Donald Trump has told reporters that it is a "difficult" and "scary" time for young men in the US.

But Democrats said that report isn't good enough.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, expressed concern to reporters that releasing the report from an FBI background investigation to the public could dissuade people from speaking with investigators in the future.

The White House insisted it was not "micromanaging" the new one-week review of Kavanaugh's background but some Democratic lawmakers claimed the White House was keeping investigators from interviewing certain witnesses.

Mr. McConnell said the report will be done this week, and the Senate will vote this week.

Five days after an extraordinary Senate hearing watched by millions of people in which a university professor, Christine Blasey Ford, detailed her sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh, Trump seemed to raise the issue of false accusations against men. "This is a very, very, very hard time", he said.

"We'll have an F.B.I. report this week, and we'll have a vote this week", he told reporters Tuesday following a GOP policy luncheon, according to The New York Times.

Kavanaugh strongly denies the accusation, but President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans have instructed the FBI to investigate it and any other "credible allegations" against him. But voters do recognize that Democrats have completely undermined the nomination and confirmation process: 69% of respondents to the poll call the hearings a "national disgrace", and 55% blame Democrats for being too partisan throughout.

Flake has said he will vote for Kavanaugh, while Murkowski and Collins have not announced what they'll do.

A spokesman for McConnell noted that the agreement with Flake and other swing senators was to have a procedural vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation by Friday, so the majority leader would have to take steps to tee up that vote on Wednesday.

The fight over Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime job on the top US court comes against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men.

"I was very troubled by the tone of the remarks".

A lawyer for Mr Judge, who has denied any wrongdoing, declined to say when the interview finished or what he was asked.

Ramirez has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her while both were college students.

In response to a question about how long senators will have to review the Federal Bureau of Investigation findings prior to a vote, McConnell said at a news conference, "It shouldn't take long. they'll read it as quickly as they can".

Swetnick said in a declaration that Kavanaugh was physically abusive toward girls in high school and was at a house party in 1982 where she says she was the victim of a gang rape.

President Donald Trump jokes he'd be a "mess" if he indulged in alcoholic beverages.


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