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Calling himself a victim of "grotesque and obvious character assassination", Kavanaugh, speaking passionately, said he "unequivocally and categorically" denied Ford's allegation.

The 53-year-old judge said in an op-ed that he knows his "tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said" during testimony last week to the Judiciary Committee.

Kavanaugh vociferously denies the allegation.

The Senate is heading toward a procedural vote Friday, and if Republicans prevail, Kavanaugh would be on track to a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court.

The report, sent by the White House to the Senate Judiciary Committee last night, was denounced by Democrats as a whitewash that was too narrow in scope and ignored critical witnesses.

"The president, the White House are firmly behind Brett Kavanaugh", Shah said during an appearance Thursday morning on CNN.

But 10 staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee will have access to the report in hard copy so they can brief senators who have not have time to read it for themselves.

Ford, who testified before the judiciary committee in Washington on September 27, alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982, when they were high school students.

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski said she was "still reviewing" her decision. One Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who faces re-election next month in a state won easily by Mr Trump in 2016, is also wavering.

"This is now the 7th time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh", Trump said in a tweet.

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The FBI have conducted a background investigation into sexual misconduct claims against the Supreme Court nominee.

A vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation is expected on Saturday after the FBI completed a supplemental background investigation of Kavanaugh and the new claims against him.

Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, urged an end to what he called "partisan histrionics" and called for a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews were to focus on sexual assault allegations, Democrats have also questioned Kavanaugh's drinking habits during high school and college and dishonest comments they say he has made about his background.

Almost 8 in 10 Republicans said they approve of how Trump has handled the allegations in the new poll, which was conducted before Trump mocked Ford at Tuesday night's rally.

Committee Republicans tweeted in response that their prior tweet was "completely truthful" and accused Democrats of "false smears".

While Republican leaders were not saying they had nailed down the support needed, backing from two of those three would ensure Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation because every other Republican was poised to back him. After critics blasted Kavanaugh's September 27 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee as overtly emotional and more, even Republican Justice John Paul Stevens admitted "there's merit to that criticism", the Palm Beach Post originally reported.

Republicans expressed growing confidence that Kavanaugh would be confirmed by the Senate after a political battle that has riveted Americans weeks before November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from the Republicans. If confirmed, he would deepen conservative control of the court.

Ford, now a California psychology professor, has testified that when the drunken Kavanaugh attacked her, she believed he was trying to rape her. "Based on the information we have, we're unable to corroborate with any other account what the allegations are", she said Wednesday.

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