Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation vote to go ahead after FBI report
Kavanaugh, who has vehemently denied all allegations, was the subject of a weeklong FBI investigation which wrapped up Wednesday.
The report was given to the Senate overnight, which led to lawmakers on both sides to speak out over the findings.
A vote on whether Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court is expected this weekend.
Here is how the day unfolded as Democrats and Republicans battled over the validity of the FBI report, and protesters descended in Washington.
Protesters arrested at Senate building, 4 p.m. ET
Capitol Police have begun arresting about 300 protesters who staged a sit-in on the floor of a Senate office building’s atrium.
At a signal from organizers, the group began holding up signs and chanting. Others who were watching on upper floors unfurled banners that said “we believe Christine Ford.”
Republicans say Kavanaugh confirmation will go ahead, 2:45 p.m. ET
Republican Senate leaders spoke at a news conference Thursday afternoon saying that Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court Saturday, if all goes according to their plan.
The senators slammed those still speaking out against Kavanaugh, saying a “fair” investigation has been carried out.
“It just isn’t right, it just isn’t fair,” Sen. Orrin Hatch said of criticism of Kavanaugh.
WATCH: Republican senators back Kavanaugh after FBI report
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to vote against Kavanaugh, 2:20 p.m. ET
It’s going to be a “no” vote on Kavanaugh from North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp, one of the few Democratic senators who’d been undecided on the Supreme Court nominee.
Heitkamp told TV station WDAY that “the process has been bad, but at the end of the day you have to make a decision and I’ve made that decision.”
‘Cancel Kavanaugh’ protests, 12:30 p.m. ET
Thousands of protesters gathered outside a Washington courthouse where Kavanaugh currently works, calling for the Senate to vote against his confirmation.
Many held up signs and chanted, “Cancel Kavanaugh.”
Swing senators react to FBI report, 11:45 a.m. ET
Two key Republican senators, who had voiced concerns about Kavanaugh and could change the fate of the Senate vote, spoke out Thursday saying they are satisfied with the FBI report.
Sen. Jeff Flake said “no additional corroborating evidence” against Kavanaugh was found in the report, according to CNN.
Sen. Susan Collins also said the report “appears to be very thorough.”
While it is unclear how they will vote, their decision can change whether Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court. Republican senators currently have a slim 51-49 majority over the Democrats.
WATCH: Democrats disagree with Grassley on ‘no hint of sexual misconduct’ in Kavanaugh FBI probe
Democrats criticize FBI report, 11:15 a.m. ET
Democratic senators held a press conference Thursday criticizing the FBI report on Kavanaugh.
“The most notable part of this report is what’s not in it,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein told reporters, adding that it seemed “incomplete.”
She noted the FBI did not interview Kavanaugh or his accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer echoed the sentiments, calling on the White House and FBI communications, as well as the report itself, to be made public.
“Why shouldn’t all of America see the facts?” he asked.
WATCH: Republicans say Kavanaugh accusations ‘not corroborated’ by FBI probe
Sen. Chuck Grassley reacts, 10:15 a.m. ET
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley was among the first to respond to the FBI probe’s findings, which have not been made public.
Grassley, who is chairman of the Senate Judiciary, says the FBI found “no hint of misconduct” in its background investigation.
Some senators still waiting to see report, 9:20 a.m. ET
Some senators might need to wait until Friday for the chance to see the FBI report.
Lawmakers are being told that time slots for reading the report are getting full. Illinois’ Tammy Duckworth told reporters that “it’s so backed up I might have to wait until tomorrow. They’re so swamped.”
WATCH: White House says FBI not interviewing Ford, Kavanaugh because Senate testimony enough
White House ‘confident’ Kavanaugh will be confirmed, 5:50 a.m. ET
White House spokesman Raj Shah says senators “have been given ample time to review this seventh background investigation” into Kavanaugh.
Shah says the White House is “confident the Senate will vote to confirm” Kavanaugh.
An initial vote is expected on Friday, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell likely to call for a final vote over the weekend.
— With files from The Associated Press
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