Chris Quick, a retired FBI special agent with experience in background investigations, said the White House and the FBI may be reluctant to have them rehash things they both already stated under oath to the committee - especially given the one-week time constraint.
Republican lawmakers have made up their minds - and Democrats slammed the FBI's report into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a sham. A yes vote by Manchin would mean the GOP could afford to lose two votes from its party members. Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa said he now expects the Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed in a Senate roll call on Saturday.
Top Democrats fired back at Grassley after getting their own briefing.
Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, called for an end to what he called "partisan histrionics" and the "politics of personal destruction" and for a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.
Such accusations, the judge said, prompted him to speak emotionally during last Thursday's hearing in which he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee against a claim from Christine Blasey Ford that he'd sexually assaulted her when the two were in high school.
"This process has been ruled by fear and anger and underhanded gamesmanship for too long", McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor. "That's the only thing I remember", the president said to cheers and applause from the crowd, CBS News reported.
Earlier, White House spokesman Raj Shah rebuffed Democrats' complaints, saying, "What critics want is a never-ending fishing expedition into high school drinking". Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the story. "From his record against women's health and autonomy to his record against workplace protections to the sexual assault allegations against him to the anger he displayed to female US senators".
Besides Trump, Senate Republicans also began to aim credibility questions at Ford.
"This great life can not be ruined by mean and despicable Democrats and totally uncorroborated allegations!"
The FBI's report, which was delivered to Capitol Hill in the wee hours of Thursday morning (Oct 4), is being kept in a secure room known as a SCIF - a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility - located in the underground visitor's complex in the Capitol.
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Flake, a vocal Trump critic who pushed the White House into giving the Federal Bureau of Investigation an additional week to address the accusations against Kavanaugh, signaled his apparent satisfaction, saying the report contained "no additional corroborating information".
That may have been the case, but it also may have imposed restrictions requested by Senate Republicans.
Several Democratic senators that have come out against Kavanaugh said the judge doesn't deserve the presumption of innocence and one senator, Sen.
"I had one beer".
Democrats contend the investigation has not been expanded to sufficient potential witnesses.
Committee Republicans tweeted in response that their prior tweet was "completely truthful" and accused Democrats of "false smears".
Ms Ford alleges Mr Kavanaugh drunkenly attempted to rape her while his friend, Mark Judge, stood by and watched during a 1982 gathering.
Among those arrested was Janet Redman of Washington D.C. She said the demonstrators were processed in a park outside the Russell Senate Office Building.