Kavanaugh investigation: FBI 'hasn't spoken to Christine Blasey Ford'

Kavanaugh investigation: FBI 'hasn't spoken to Christine Blasey Ford'

President Donald Trump for the first time directly mocked Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by casting doubt on her testimony during a campaign rally.

The FBI will also question Leland Keyser and P.J. Smyth, two people who Ford said were at the gathering of teenagers where Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her. "I never saw Brett black out or not be able to remember the prior evening's events, nor did I ever see Brett act aggressive, hostile or in a sexually aggressive manner to women", wrote one of them, Dan Murphy, a former suitemate of Kavanaugh.

"How did you get there?" 'I don't remember.' How many years ago was it? I don't remember. Where is the place? "I don't know." At that point the crowd erupted in cheers and applause. 'Where's the house?' I don't know. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), said Tuesday that he expected the Federal Bureau of Investigation report to be released before Friday, but that he wasn't sure exactly when.

Trump said during a Rose Garden press conference that he wants the probe to wrap up quickly because the accusations have been "so unfair" to Kavanaugh and his family.

Republican Steve King of Iowa said, "If Kavanaugh is not confirmed, every man is subject to seeing their life's work and their reputation destroyed by an unsubstantiated allegation".

"Your vote in this election will decide which party controls the United States Senate", Trump said.

"A vote against Kavanaugh is a "yes" vote for more of these despicable tactics being used time and time again in the future", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on the Senate floor Tuesday.




He reiterated his earlier claims Tuesday that nowadays you are "guilty until proven innocent", and stepped up his line of argument that men are under attack in America, without mentioning survivors of sexual assault.

"It's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of", Trump told reporters as he departed the White House.

The President was responding to a question on the drinking habits of his Supreme Court nominee Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing allegations of sexual assault when he was in high school and college.

As the fresh review unfolded, the prosecutor who was brought in by Republicans to handle questioning at last week's hearing outlined in a new memo why she did not believe criminal charges would be brought against Kavanaugh if it were a criminal case rather than a Supreme Court confirmation process.

Earlier in the day, Trump bemoaned what he says has become the marching orders in the #MeToo movement - guilty until proven innocent. "There's been a lot of people over the previous year that have lied to Congress", Trump said.

Mr Trump also criticised Prof Christine Blasey Ford - whose testimony before the Senate judiciary committee last week sparked off the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry. Trump himself has been accused of a range of sexual misconduct, from harassment to assault.

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