The White House has found no corroboration of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after examining interview reports from the FBI's latest probe into the judge's background, according to people familiar with the matter.
The Republican leader filed a motion setting up a Friday vote on whether to limit debate on Kavanaugh and move forward.
Kavanaugh's fate remains unclear because three Republicans are undecided: senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Several people with information related to allegations against Mr Kavanaugh told Reuters they had not heard from the FBI, suggesting its report may be narrower than was desired by some of the lawmakers who demanded the investigation just days ago.
Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski, left, Jeff Flake, centre and Susan Collins separately criticized Donald Trump for mocking a woman who has claimed Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.
Mr Flake called the president's comments "appalling", and Ms Collins said they were "just plain wrong".
Ford's attorneys, Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, said Wednesday they haven't heard back from the Federal Bureau of Investigation about scheduling an interview about Ford's claim that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago.
It follows explosive hearings from Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford.
The FBI has also questioned Deborah Ramirez, who says he exposed himself to her during a college party.
President Donald Trump may have hurt his cause with the trio of swing votes when he openly mocked one of Kavanaugh's accusers at a rally on Tuesday night.
'This is a very scary time for young men in America'
Kavanaugh's confirmation hinges on a handful of key Republican and Democratic senators who have not yet fully tipped their votes. Trump said that the Democrats opposed to Kavanaugh's nomination are "evil people" who are out to 'destroy people'.
'We have differing views about the other qualifications of Judge Kavanaugh. A showdown rollcall over confirmation seemed likely over the weekend. Both Kavanaugh and the White House have repeatedly denied the allegation. I don't know. Where's the house?
At a briefing at the White House, Mr Trump's press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said she did not think the president's performance had made the approval more hard.
The FBI is conducting a supplemental investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh that is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the week.If there is still a doubt about whether the allegations against Kavanaugh are true after the investigation is complete, Americans say he should not be confirmed to the Supreme Court by a 52-to-40-percent margin. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday, giving a hint of the Democrats' strategy.
Moreover, the inquiry focused mainly on the account of Ford, the research psychologist who alleges that a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were high school students in the Washington suburbs.
Even Trump ally Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said at an event hosted by The Atlantic magazine: "I would tell him, knock it off".
Amid complaints that some lawmakers were being confronted outside their homes, McConnell claimed on the Senate floor that the protesters were "part of the organized effort" to derail Kavanaugh's nomination.
Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota have also yet to declare their positions on Kavanaugh. 'I don't remember.' How'd you get there?
It marked an aggressive change of tactics after Trump had opted to show restraint towards Christine Blasey Ford, calling her a "very credible witness" following her Senate testimony against Judge Brett Kavanaugh last week. 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?