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U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell mirrored what some of his Republican colleagues have stated that after the seventh FBI investigation conducted on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, "these allegations have not been corroborated".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on the Senate floor before the vote, raised concerns that Kavanaugh would vote to overturn Roe v Wade - the 1973 decision that found a constitutional right to abortion - and was extreme on gun rights.

It is not a done deal, however.

Senate Republicans now need a simple majority for a vote to end debate on the nomination, which is expected to take place on Friday. Kavanaugh denies that claim. But Democrats disputed the Republicans' assertions, especially because, they argued, the scope of the investigation was too limited.

Durbin made the remarks after Kavanaugh wrote a last-minute op-ed in the Wall Street Journal suggesting he might have said some things he shouldn't have in his fiery testimony last week, but did so as a father, son and husband.

The senator cited Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the early 1980s, in her statement, saying, "When I listened to Dr. Ford testify, I heard the voices of women I have known throughout my life who have similar stories of sexual assault and abuse".

Early Thursday morning, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced the the committee had received the FBI's background check on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Swetnick, who is represented by celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, alleges 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. She's running for re-election in a state president Trump won in 2016 by more than 35 points.

In the days after the hearing, many Democrats have questioned whether he has the proper judicial temperament to serve on the nation's highest court.

Senator Chris Coons, who pressed for the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of the allegations, told ABC News on Friday the judge "crossed a line in terms of judicial behaviour and temperament" with his attack on Democrats at the hearing, something "undecided senators should be weighing very carefully".

Underscoring the hardening partisan lines, one of the two undecided Democratic senators said she would oppose Mr Kavanaugh.

Going forward, he wrote, "you can count on me to be the same kind of judge and person I have been for my entire 28-year legal career: hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good".

"But I think that his performance during the hearings caused me to change my mind", Stevens said in Florida. Others held signs that read: "Kava-Nope".

The California Democrat said that the judge's behavior showed "a man filled with anger and aggression".

But several Democrats lit into the process, with Senator Ron Wyden branding it a "whitewash" and Senator Mazie Hirono wincing at Republican claims of comprehensiveness.

Kavanaugh has not yet locked up the votes needed.

Before Kavanaugh's committee confirmation hearing last month, a group from the liberal advocacy group Demand Justice donned the red robes and white bonnets of the namesake handmaids in "The Handmaid's Tale", the Margaret Atwood book and Hulu TV series while protesting in the Hart Senate Building atrium. "The second thing we know for sure is that there's no way anything we did would satisfy the Democrats".


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