The lawyers said they were "heartened" when they learned last week that the investigation into Kavanaugh would be reopened. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations against him.
Collins said the FBI investigation appeared to be thorough. And Democrats argued that the investigation has been insufficient, lacking interviews with her, with Kavanaugh and others who Kavanaugh's accusers have said could have knowledge about the alleged incidents.
The party has only a 51-49 Senate majority.
During his testimony, Kavanaugh alternated between angrily yelling at Democrats on the committee and tearing up.
Heitkamp has been viewed as a potential swing vote and one of the senators who could decide the fate of the nomination.
King, an independent from ME who caucuses with Democrats, said that "to turn her powerful testimony into a political rally punchline". Christine Blasey Ford, the woman whose claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her sparked the probe, had not been contacted as of Wednesday, her attorneys said.
The investigation was always unlikely to answer definitively whether Kavanaugh was guilty of sexual misconduct decades ago. His appointment would tilt the court in favour of conservatives.
Kavanaugh's demeanor and conduct during the hearing alarmed the law professors. Kavanaugh denies the allegations. Agreement by a majority of the 100 senators would advance Kavanaugh's nomination. Ford's attorneys said on Wednesday that although she wanted to talk with investigators and had materials to give them, Ford had not spoken to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Trump on Tuesday mocked Ford during a political rally in Mississippi.
Stevens, an appointee of Republican President Gerald Ford who often sided with liberal justices on key rulings, told a group of retirees that he initially thought Kavanaugh was qualified, but that "his performance at the hearings ultimately changed my mind".
Federal judges are at the heart of the political strategy pursued for years by McConnell and President Trump, and the stakes are never higher than when they involve a vacancy on the Supreme Court. He added, "It's time to vote". If so, that could be enough for a Trump victory. "That's the only thing I remember", he characterized her as saying, when in reality she remembered "the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense". Senators can go in and review it themselves or get a briefing there from a small set of staff members who can also view the private background file.
After a rally at the Supreme Court, more than a thousand demonstrators trekked to the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building, where they engaged in prolonged chants of "this is what democracy looks like!" and "our voice!" Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said on NBC's "Today" show that the remarks were "kind of appalling".
"We had many fears that this was a very limited process", added Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer.
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In an Instagram post, Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beats posted a video about how they posed for a culture magazine together. Alicia Keys is still a superwoman slaying on red carpet relying only on good moisturizers, eyebrow gel and lipgloss.