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The Senate is taking a crucial vote Friday to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

A previously undecided Democratic Senator, Heidi Heitkamp, said she would vote against Judge Kavanaugh, citing "concerns about his past conduct".

"I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said", Kavanaugh wrote, framing his testimony as the result of his frustration with the process and his desire to clear his name after he had been accused of sexual assault - a charge which he categorically denied.

Writing in an op-ed today in the Wall Street Journal, the embattled Kavanaugh said, "I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been".

McConnell has little choice but to push ahead with Kavanaugh.

As they mulled Kavanaugh, a Democrat up for re-election in a state which traditionally votes Republican came out against the nominee. If it passes, the Senate expects to vote on his final confirmation on Saturday.

One person who evidently did not was Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. White House counsel Don McGahn has also been shepherding Kavanaugh through the nomination process. Some of them reported their abuse at the time, but others said nothing until now.

He said Ford and Kavanaugh had an "opportunity to tell in a very detailed and comprehensive fashion the Senate their testimony" and that the administration was "fully confident after reviewing this information senators can be comfortable voting yes".

"Part of why this investigation was asked for was it gets the burden off of the Senate and drops it into the FBI's lap", Anderson asserted.

"After doing my due diligence and now that the record is apparently closed, I will vote against his confirmation", Senator Heidi Heitkamp said Thursday.

"These uncorroborated accusations have been unequivocally and repeatedly rejected by Judge Kavanaugh, and neither the Judiciary Committee nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation could locate any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations", Grassley said.

A massive coalition of U.S. Christian churches attended by 40 million people wants Brett Kavanaugh to withdraw his Supreme Court nomination.

At the heart of the matter is Kavanaugh's alleged assault of Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who last week testified before lawmakers - and more than 20 million Americans watching live on television - that the judge attempted to rape her in 1982, when they were both teenagers.

The FBI report was not released to the public. Amy Klobuchar said that she supported "a finite period for an FBI investigation, maybe a week".

Thousands of mainly female demonstrators marched on Thursday through the nation's capital, starting at the appeals court where Judge Kavanaugh now presides.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, blamed the FBI's narrow list of interviewees on the White House.

'There were four of us in a corner, ' Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee told Bloomberg News, reading sections of the report while other senators listened to the report being read in full by staffers with the proper security clearances.

On the hot seat, some senators have been using police escorts in recent days to shield them from protesters and the media.

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