The Supreme Court began a new term this week without a full bench as it waits on the FBI to investigate sexual abuse allegations against nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Agents spoke with Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh's who Ford said was in the room when she was assaulted. Three Republican and two Democratic senators, all moderates, have yet to announce how they will vote, and the GOP's razor-thin 51-49 Senate majority means Kavanaugh's fate remains unpredictable.
Also Wednesday, the National Council of Churches, a coalition of 38 denominations, released a statement saying Kavanaugh should withdraw his nomination. But he said the nomination would be over if it was revealed Kavanaugh had lied to the committee in his testimony.
Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation depends on Republican Senators voting strictly along party lines.
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As Republicans fight headwinds ahead of the November 6 midterm elections, Trump sought to rally his supporters behind Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to fill the seat of Thad Cochran, who retired in April.
As he flew aboard Air Force One to the MS rally, Trump was also enraged by stories in The New York Times about Kavanaugh's high school and college years and alleging tax avoidance efforts by the president and his family, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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Separately, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME told reporters, "The president's comments were just plain wrong", and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said they were "wholly inappropriate and in my view unacceptable".
Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski called the remarks "wholly inappropriate and in my view unacceptable".
While the report's conclusions were as yet unknown, there was already a partisan battle over it as Trump and the Senate Republican leadership battled to corral enough support for a majority vote for Kavanaugh in the days ahead.
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Ford, who testified last week at an extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, said she could not remember the precise date or location of the alleged assault or how she got home later, but offered a detailed account of the incident.
"I know yesterday [McConnell] said that was not going to be the case, but I have a feeling they're probably trying to figure out some way of disseminating this", Corker said.
"Let me condemn in the strongest possible terms the comments by President Trump last night on Dr Ford", Schumer said in a Senate floor speech. I don't remember. Where was the place?
"The issues of credibility and temperament are not something that happened 30 years ago; they're about Judge Kavanaugh today and how he is as a 53-year-old", Minority Leader Sen. 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs, where was it? "I don't know", Trump said as he imitated Ford, according to CNN.
But Sanders argued that Trump was simply pointing out gaps in Ford's testimony that had also been noted by sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who was hired by Republican senators to question her during the hearing. "And a man's life is in tatters", he added.
McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, cemented the process late Wednesday and announced that sometime during the evening, the Federal Bureau of Investigation would deliver to an anxious Senate the potentially fateful document on claims that Kavanaugh sexually abused women. "It would - in effect - be appealing the Senate's verdict directly to the American people".
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However, the new deal was overshadowed by Trump's comment aimed toward a female reporter after opening the floor to questions. Trump replied: "That's okay, I know you're not thinking , you never do ", as Vega asked: "I'm sorry?" Ouch.
"We all saw something about Judge Kavanaugh's temperament and character that day that should disqualify him from serving on the Supreme Court of the United States", Hirono said. The nine-member court is now operating with eight justices.