Brett Kavanaugh's 'lying,' temperament come under attack as Democrats shift focus

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There is an active debate in the halls of the United States Senate about whether to release the Federal Bureau of Investigation background report about President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a document that as of Tuesday evening has yet to arrive on Capitol Hill.

The New York Democrat later said "there is a growing consensus in the Senate that when the FBI investigation is complete, the findings should be released publicly with any personal information redacted".

"It's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of", Mr Trump told reporters. He has denied all accusations.

Mr Flake said he would ensure it is a "real investigation" by the FBI as Democrats demanded that Mr Trump give them a full readout of his instructions to the agency.

Brett Kavanaugh has been teaching a course at Harvard Law for about a decade, the school said.

Central to the Supreme Court confirmation saga of the Trump administration has been the fact that no individual prospect from his pre-vetted list of 25 prospects is indispensable.

The president said he would like to see a Senate vote this week, as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had promised - but said that would hinge on the feds' findings. There's no medical way I can say that he was blacked out.

Senate Republicans and the White House on Friday agreed to an investigation lasting no longer than a week into sexual misconduct allegations, delaying a Senate floor vote.

Trump made those remarks in a press conference on Tuesday.

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Susan Collins, another undecided Republican, was riding with Murkowski on an underground Senate train. "My whole life, my whole life, I've heard you're innocent until proven guilty", the president told reporters before boarding Marine One for a trip to Philadelphia to speak to the National Electrical Contractors Convention. She faces three candidates - Republican Chris McDaniel and Democrats Mike Espy and Tobey Bernard Bartee - in next month's special election for the remainder of the two-year term. She said Judge was also in the room.

"Polls show Republicans are more likely to be skeptical of the #MeToo movement, which has spurred women to come forward with their stories of sexual assault and harassment, and to believe it has gone too far".

The outlet reported that the White House deemed an interview with Ford unnecessary since she had already testified under oath that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.

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. While Flake said Kavanaugh deserves some leeway given what he and his family been through, he said, "We can't have this on the court". Joni Ernst in her Senate offices ahead of the Senate confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 31.

The vote to confirm can't come soon enough.

The votes from the three Republicans and those of red-state Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will largely determine whether Kavanaugh is confirmed.

"Thursday's hearing provided fresh examples of Judge Kavanaugh's hard relationship with the truth", Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said in Tuesday floor remarks.

"We are finally rebuilding our country, and we are doing it with American aluminum, American steel and with our great electrical contractors", he said.

"What you'll have at the very end - I'm expecting by about Thursday - they're going to be taking all those reports, making one report, and providing [what's] like an executive summary that's going to summarize the findings", Gomez said.

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