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Senators are seated at their desks for the historic vote. If it succeeds, Kavanaugh will soon join the court as an associate justice.
The new guidance, described to The Associated Press by a person familiar with it, was issued to the FBI over the weekend in response to Democratic and news media pushback that the scope of the probe was too narrow.
Americans watched Thursday's high court nomination hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh with rapt attention. The televised spectacle was filled with disturbing allegations of sexual assault and Kavanaugh's angry, emotional denial.
Christine Blasey Ford's accusation of sexual assault — and Kavanaugh's staunch denial — has ignited a tense, gender-infused war among the Senate's 100 members, 23 of whom are women.
Senators on the Judiciary Committee are likely to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Sept. 20 with a vote by the full Senate the following week.
The week of hearings on Kavanaugh's nomination began with a sense of inevitability that the 53-year-old appellate judge eventually will be confirmed
The debate could interfere with Republicans' goal of swiftly confirming President Donald Trump's pick for the court
Judge Brett Kavanaugh responded to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire that probes his career as an attorney and jurist, his service in the executive branch, education, society memberships and more.