Mr McConnell said: "The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close". In a rare moment of randomness in what's been a deadly serious process, the normally meticulous lawmaker's cell phone emitted a ringtone during part of his remarks. In the meantime, senators and a small number of top aides would be allowed to read the papers in a secure room in the Capitol complex. Senators are not supposed to divulge the contents of the agency's background reports. Feeding the anxiety was an unusually beefy presence of the U.S. Capitol Police, who were keeping demonstrators and frequently reporters at arm's length by forming wedges around lawmakers walking through corridors.
Democrat Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, called on Trump to apologize.
"It's just basic memory functions, and also just the level of norepinephrine and epinephrine in the brain that. encodes memories into the hippocampus so that trauma-related experience is locked there [while] other memories just drift", Ford said.
"I wonder about the wisdom, as much as the crowd loved it, I wonder about the wisdom tactically of him doing that". "You're not helping", Trump ally Sen. "And a man's life is in tatters", he added.
The letter - signed by eight of the 10 Democrats on the committee - provides no specifics to back up the Democrats' assertion that Kavanaugh's past background checks included such evidence.
Trump, who commented after Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that she seemed "credible", raised some eyebrows Tuesday when he went the opposite direction, openly questioning Ford during a rally Tuesday in Mississippi.
Grassley's staff then countered Durbin and said, "Nothing in the tweet is inaccurate or misleading".
"The committee stands by its statement, which is completely truthful, " the committee Republicans said.
President Donald Trump incredibly managed to dip to a new low on Tuesday night, while holding a rally in Southaven, Mississippi where he openly mocked alleged sexual assault survivor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski called the remarks "wholly inappropriate and in my view unacceptable". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said that ridiculing "something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right".
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Two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, are yet to declare their intentions. "And right now, that's sort of where our focus needs to be", said Sen.
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"I had one beer!" he said, impersonating Ford.
Ford testified before the Senate judiciary committee in Washington on September 27.
Women were far more likely than men in the poll to oppose Kavanaugh, 55 per cent to 40 per cent.
Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor from California who accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her in 1982 when they were high school students, has not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, her attorneys said. "We are profoundly disappointed that after the tremendous sacrifice she made in coming forward, those directing the FBI investigation were not interested in seeking the truth".
The FBI is expected to send Congress a report on its revived sexual harassment investigation of Brett Kavanaugh as soon as Wednesday afternoon, Republican senators said of the pivotal document that could make or break his Supreme Court nomination.
The FBI interviewed several people, including three who Ford has said attended a 1982 high school gathering in suburban Maryland where she says Kavanaugh's attack occurred, plus another Kavanaugh friend.
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.
In an interview, No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of IL said McConnell was "hell-bent on getting this done" this week.