The FBI's updated background investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh reached out to 10 people, compiled 46 pages of notes from interviews - and appears to have made little headway in settling what really happened at high school and college parties more than 30 years ago.
Earlier Wednesday evening 750 women and men gathered in front of the steps of the Supreme Court building to voice their concerns about the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the life long position as a justice.
"I think women are going to turn out in very big numbers to express their opinion", Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, told reporters on Wednesday.
At the heart of the matter is Kavanaugh's alleged assault of Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who last week testified before lawmakers - and more than 20 million Americans watching live on television - that the judge attempted to rape her in 1982, when they were both teenagers.
If Kavanaugh is confirmed by the Senate in a vote planned on Saturday, Trump will have succeeded in placing his second justice on the top U.S. court and fulfilled his pledge to solidify its conservative majority.
"It smacks of a whitewash", Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal told reporters, saying the report should not give political cover for Republicans to vote for Kavanaugh because "it is blatantly incomplete".
West Virginia's Joe Manchin, the other undeclared Democrat, spent time looking at the report and said he would resume reading it on Friday.
Kavanaugh explained that he met with "65 senators and explained my approach to the law".
McConnell said the Senate can not become known for destroying the reputations of nominees based on uncorroborated allegations from 40 years ago.
North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp, who faces a hard re-election race next month, cited concerns about his "past conduct" and said she felt his heated attacks on Democrats during last week's Judiciary Committee hearing raised questions about his "current temperament, honesty and impartiality".
The FBI declined to comment on the investigation or its timing.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980's during a high school house gathering.
Ahead of Friday's voting, Republicans emerged confident that an FBI investigation into the allegations unearthed no new corroborating details, they said.
Underscoring the hardening partisan lines, one of the two undecided Democratic senators said she would oppose Mr Kavanaugh.
The White House received the results overnight of the latest Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the conservative 53-year-old judge and senators were reviewing it on Thursday. Kavanaugh has said stories of his bad behavior while drinking are exaggerated.
The Senate will hold a procedural vote on the nominee on Friday.
Trump has stoked outrage over the Kavanaugh hearing on the campaign trail, enthusiastically using it as Exhibit A in why Republicans need to retain control of Congress. He denied the accusations and the FBI finished an investigation on the allegations.
Ms Feinstein said the White House may have limited the probe.
Nor can one ignore that Senate Judiciary Committee members - Republicans and Democrats alike - have access to significant investigatory capabilities on their own staff.