Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who supports Kavanaugh's nomination, addressed the stream of protesters from the Senate floor Wednesday, talking about how Republicans are coming into contact with protesters in their offices.
A vote on Saturday can come as early as Saturday afternoon.
"Senators ought to wipe away the muck from all the mudslinging and politics and look at this nomination with clear eyes", Grassley said, echoing accusations against Democrats that McConnell has been making. With Daines out of the picture, the party would need every other Republican to vote for Kavanaugh for him to be confirmed in a Saturday vote in the event all Democrats oppose him.
A key swing vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee split 11-10 as well as in the closely divided Senate, Flake got something resembling his wish: Republicans agreed to a weeklong pause in the drive toward a confirmation vote, while the FBI investigated "credible allegations" against Kavanaugh.
They are two of just four senators who are yet to declare how they will vote on Mr Kavanaugh, who would be able to shape U.S. society for generations to come if he gets the lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court.
Republicans Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Jeff Flake and Democrat Joe Manchin.
She said that while Democrats had agreed to limit the probe's scope, "we did not agree that the White House should tie the FBI's hands".
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They include three people who Ford says were in the house at the time of the party. Democrats must gain two Senate seats and 23 House seats to claim majorities in each chamber, enabling them to block Trump's agenda and investigate his administration. They also had said they would make available her therapist notes from 2012 and 2013, when she first publicly recalled the assault - but would turn them over only to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, not the Judiciary Committee, which had requested them. Kavanaugh denies the allegations.
Dianne Feinstein was approached by a woman who thanked her for her work on the investigation and told the senator she's a multiple rape survivor. "From their own public statements, we knew that to be false, and nothing in this report changes that". The sharply partisan battle became an intense political drama when three women emerged to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the 1980s when he was in high school and college. Kavanaugh himself has categorically denied the accusations against him, calling them "last minute smears" created to delay his nomination process further.
In his testimony, Kavanaugh complained about "a calculated and orchestrated political hit fuelled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election".
No Republicans have said they will vote against Kavanaugh, although four have not committed to supporting him.
Also quizzed was Leland Keyser, Ford's friend who she also said was present on the night of the alleged attack, but who has previously said in a sworn statement that she can not recall the party in question and has never met Kavanaugh. Flake, a retiring senator and frequent thorn in the side of President Donald Trump, achieved a delay long enough for the FBI to reopen its background investigation of the nominee.
Several senators said 10 witnesses were interviewed for the report.
Ford, who testified last week at a dramatic Judiciary Committee hearing, said a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth when she screamed.
"I feel pretty good about where we are", added Senator John Thune, a member of Senate Republican leadership.