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>> So the facts do not support the allegations levied at Judge Kavanaugh's character. The background check is in and the Republicans are increasingly confident they'll get Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court. But furious Democrats are calling the FBI's investigation a whitewash. I'm Andy Sullivan on Capitol Hill, where protesters are mounting a desperate push to shape the outcome of Friday's vote.
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]>> Lawmakers, meanwhile, are shuttling in and out of a secure room where they can read an FBI report that examines multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. That report especially crucial to a handful of undecided Senators. It's safe to say that Kavanaugh's fate rests in their hands. One of those swing votes, Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona says the report uncovered no new evidence that Kavanaugh behaved inappropriately in high school and college.
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Republican Susan Collins of Maine, another undecided, says the report appeared to be, quote, very thorough. That's an ominous sign for Democrats who oppose Kavanaugh. They had hoped Flake and Collins would break with their party and vote no. Democrat Dianne Feinstein says the FBI's review is nowhere close to being comprehensive enough.
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But what I can say is that the most notable part of this report is what's not in it.>> She's faulting the FBI for not interviewing dozens of people who might have shed light on the accusations, including Cavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford. Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer chafing at the secrecy surrounding the FBI's findings.
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>> But there's no reason on God's green Earth that those documents can't be made public. Let the American people decide.>> Another swing vote, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp locked in a tough reelection battle in deep red North Dakota, saying she'll vote no.>> Kavanaugh is out of here.>> Thousands trying to stop Kavanaugh, rallying in front of the Supreme Court, taking over the lobby of a senate office building.
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>> More than 2,400 law professors saying he lacks the temperament to serve as a judge. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders predicting victory, saying Trump aides did not micromanage the investigation. It's evident that this FBI report is not changing many minds. Partisan tensions are at a boiling point in one of the ugliest confirmation battles in history.
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Some questioning whether this fight will hurt the Supreme Court, undercutting its legitimacy in the years to come. But that's not stopping the train. First votes are expected on Friday with the final up or down confirmation vote coming as soon as Saturday.