President Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony

President Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony

If McConnell musters a majority of senators to vote to limit debate on Kavanaugh, there would then be up to 30 hours of debate, meaning the final vote on confirmation would most likely come on Saturday.

As Senate Republican leaders marched toward a final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, the three Republicans who could be key to whether Kavanaugh is confirmed - Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski - criticized Trump for mocking Ford at a political rally in MS on Tuesday.

Graham doubled down on his recommendation that Trump renominate Kavanaugh if the Senate fails to confirm him, which the SC senator said would turn November's midterms into a referendum on the vacant Supreme Court seat.

The FBI's supplemental investigation began last Friday night, U.S. time, after an official request from the Senate judiciary committee and an order from the White House.

In the meantime, some senators - including Republican Jeff Flake - criticized Trump for mocking Ford for laughs at a Tuesday night rally.

Mr Flake called the president's comments "appalling", and Ms Collins said they were "just plain wrong".

The California psychology professor has testified that a drunken Kavanaugh sexually abused her in a locked room at a high school party in the 1980s and has said she believed he was trying to rape her. Kavanaugh has denied her assertions and those of two other women, who have accused him of other instances of sexual misconduct in the 1980s. Roche wrote an opinion piece published by Slate on Wednesday evening, United States time, where he says he was a roommate of Kavanaugh at Yale.

Kavanaugh has angrily denied the allegations. "I know this because I heard Brett and his friends using these terms on multiple occasions".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also defended Mr Trump, telling a press briefing that the President was not concerned the comments may have endangered the votes of key senators.

"The White House confirmation that it will not allow the FBI to interview Dr. Blasey Ford, Judge Kavanaugh or witnesses identified by Deborah Ramirez raises serious concerns that this is not a credible investigation", she said in a statement.

In an opinion piece for Slate, one of Kavanaugh's roommates at Yale, James Roche, said the judge "stood up under oath and lied about his drinking and about the meaning of words in his yearbook".

Even Trump ally Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said at an event hosted by The Atlantic magazine: "I would tell him, knock it off".

Officials said Trump is seeking to boost Hyde-Smith as close as possible to the 50 percent threshold and lend momentum for a possible runoff.

Republican aides said the process of alternating a single copy of an Federal Bureau of Investigation report between Republicans and Democrats is usual practice for judicial nominees and Judiciary Committee Republicans a 2009 memorandum of understanding, which stated that reproducing Federal Bureau of Investigation background reports is prohibited. The chairman explained that Ford and Kavanaugh testified under oath before the committee explaining to senators their knowledge of the alleged sexual assault.

Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota have also yet to declare their positions on Kavanaugh. Two Senate staff members say the plan is to have separate times for Democrats and Republicans. 'I don't know. But I had one beer.

On Wednesday, all three took issue with Trump's mocking of Ford the night before at a political rally in MS that drew laughs from his supporters.

Feminist author Jessica Valenti tweeted: "I don't have it in me to say something outraged about Trump mocking Dr Blasey Ford". I don't know. Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?

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