Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it was now time for the full Senate to vote on Mr Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court - even as opposition leaders slammed the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe as "incomplete".
"I swear today, under oath, before the Senate and the nation, before my family and God, I am innocent of this charge", Kavanaugh told the Judiciary Committee.
McConnell addressed the fact that the Democrat senators were the ones pushing for an FBI investigation and when the information came back, "they turned on a dime and started claiming his real sin was that he spoke up too forcefully, in defense of his good name and his family". Inside that room - one copy of the FBI's report on Kavanaugh's expanded background check.
A vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation is expected on Saturday after the FBI completed a supplemental background investigation of Kavanaugh and the new claims against him.
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".
She said the report was "very limited" and "it looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation". The results of a Quinnipiac poll released on Monday show 48 percent of Americans are against the confirmation of Kavanaugh's nomination, while 42 percent are supportive.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said there's "a lot of unprecedented activity taking place" because of the pitched battle over Kavanaugh, who would likely provide the decisive fifth vote for a conservative majority on the nine-member court.
Ford's attorneys said in a statement that they were "profoundly disappointed" in the probe. "It's been sent to the Senate, no White House editing".
Hyde-Smith didn't answer. The Mississippi Republican, sworn in last April for a seat the GOP needs to keep, hopped on a Senate subway that sped her toward the Capitol.
Most Democrats opposed Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh from the outset.
Dr Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor from California, has accused Mr Kavanaugh of assaulting her in 1982 when they were high school students. "They're so swamped", she said. One Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who faces re-election next month in a state won easily by Mr Trump in 2016, is also wavering. Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.
"This woman had no clue what was going on, and yet she made the most frightful charges", Trump said. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of ME, along with Sen.
Flake said the comments were "kind of appalling" in an interview with NBC News. "I am not a pro-plaintiff or pro-defendant judge".
"I am taking everything into account and I think the comments by the president yesterday mocking Dr. Ford were wholly inappropriate", Murkowski said.
Now the wait it on for the other three key Republican senators to cast their vote.
Collins on Wednesday called Trump's scoffing at Ford "just plain wrong". "We did not agree that the White House should tie the FBI's hands", she said.
Special inquiries are different from FBI criminal investigations, so the White House counsel set the parameters of what FBI agents examined.