The White House has found no corroboration of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after examining interview reports from the FBI's latest probe into the judge's background, according to people familiar with the matter.
Trump ordered the FBI to reopen the investigation into Kavanaugh last week after a dramatic last-minute demand by Senator Flake during the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote on the nominee.
A vote on the motion, which will bring debate to a close, will be held on Friday, and if it passes, it's likely the Senate will hold a final vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation as early as Saturday.
The state of play within the chamber should become more clear throughout the day Thursday and Friday as key senators read the FBI's work. The judge has taught "The Supreme Court Since 2005" course at Harvard Law School since 2009.
Ms Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, has not yet said whether she will vote for Judge Kavanaugh either.
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Flake, the Judiciary Committee member who pushed to delay the vote on Kavanaugh so the FBI could investigate, later told The Washington Post that Trump's comments would not factor into his thinking on the nomination.
The National Council of Churches said in a statement that he had shown "extreme partisan bias" during his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and lacked the temperament to be a Supreme Court judge.
File photo of U.S. president Donald Trump. Kavanaugh vehemently denies the accusation. That means that if all Democrats vote against confirming Mr Kavanaugh, Republicans can only afford one defection - since in a tie, Vice-President Mike Pence would get the casting vote. But I can say that he lied under oath.
"Man up and say it's your decision, not ours, " Schumer said.
Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meanwhile set in motion a process created to lead to a procedural vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday, that would possibly lead to a final vote as early as the following day. "And right now, that's sort of where our focus needs to be", said Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, who has traded barbs with Trump and will retire at year's end.
Underscoring rising tensions, Democrats suggested that previous Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks of Kavanaugh may have unearthed misconduct by the nominee. "Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?" "So President Trump went through a factual rendition that I didn't particularly like and I would tell him to "Knock it off, you're not helping" but it can be worse - you can kill someone's cat and puncture their tires to get them to shut up". "'I don't remember,"' Trump said at the rally in Southaven.
The FBI is expected to soon provide senators with the results of its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh when he was in high school and college.
Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy, who had been a swing vote on a court now divided between four conservative and four liberal justices.
Imitating Ford, he added, "But I had one beer - that's the only thing I remember".
They say Dr Ford has been attacked for coming forward and insist her account of events should be believed.
Kavanaugh is accused of sexually assaulting a woman decades ago when the two were in high school.
The reopened FBI investigation was prompted by reservations expressed last by Sen.