1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia:
"I'm not allowed to discuss it. The public can't see it. It's a complete sham. The investigation was a sham. They're not talking to witnesses they should have talked to. And they're trying to block Senate access to the report and public access to the report. They are either of a belief that sexual assault doesn't matter or they're worried about what a real investigation would find."
2. Sen. Lindsey Graham walking down Capitol hallway
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina:
"It's a complete report. It's a background check. I'm confident the FBI did a good job. They were not hindered in any way. The focus of the background check was on credible allegations before the committee. I was looking for certain things to be answered by witnesses. I'm more confident than ever that what the committee found is held up and then some. The main thing for me is that you need to go to the FBI. And you need to ask them did they feel like they were able to do their job without interference? And I think the answer is yes."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee:
"(Reporter: Did you learn anything new...?)
I did, I did, I... they interviewed nine or 10 people. And there was absolutely zero corroboration with any of the allegations, zero. Not a single person corroborated any of the allegations."
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee:
"(Protester interrupts:) Sir, there are so many other choices in front of you. Why jeopardize your reputation and the lives of so many women? Why not choose another candidate? Why go through this when it's hanging over you.
If you don't mind this is my press conference, not yours. OK?
(Protester) I'm just asking you a question very respectfully.
Yeah, I know you are but if you don't mind, I'm talking right now. We can talk down the hallway if you wish. OK?"
6. Sen. Ron Johnson walking down hallway
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin:
"From from our briefing, there's really nothing new, particularly there's no corroboration whatsoever. They interviewed 10 additional witnesses, in total over 150 in the now seven background checks of Judge Kavanaugh. I think from what I can tell this additional FBI report, combined with the previous six, will only help confirm his position.
(Reporter: Are you concerned that not enough witnesses were interviewed?
No, the FBI was unrestrained in terms of what they could do. They took a look, they could follow any lead and it looks like they did so."
8. Protesters walking down Senate hallway toward office of Sen. Susan Collins
9. UNSOUND: Protester in office of Sen. Susan Collins:
"We will not disappear. You will not put a hand over our mouths, we are doing this. Thank you, thank you."
Senators are divided along party lines in their reaction to the FBI's completion of its supplemental background investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The FBI report was given to the Senate overnight. Lawmakers have been reading it Thursday in a secure room in the Capitol complex, but aren't expected to discuss specific details of what they learn.
Democrats are calling the investigation a "sham," and criticizing the White House for what they say was a limited probe.
"They are either of a belief that sexual assault doesn't matter or they're worried about what a real investigation would find," said Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia.
Meanwhile, Republicans insist the probe was very thorough and didn't corroborate any of the allegations of misconduct against Kavanaugh.
"It's a complete report. It's a background check. I'm confident the FBI did a good job. They were not hindered in any way," said Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Capitol Hill was palpably tense Thursday over the political stakes of the nomination fight.
Anti-Kavanaugh protesters filled the halls, harassed senators and held demonstrations in some offices.
A procedural vote on his nomination is set for Friday.