Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Donald Trump's mocking of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser 'appalling', Republican senators say

Donald Trump's mocking of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser 'appalling', Republican senators say

"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.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already scheduled a vote to confirm Kavanaugh Friday.

"His comments were just plain wrong", Maine's Susan Collins said Wednesday.

The report was the result of a dramatic and emotional hearing before the Judiciary Committee last week in which Ford and Kavanaugh recalled the summer of 1982, when she said the attack occurred. Sen. Trump said, reiterating a question Ford was asked by the committee.

Imitating Ford's testimony, Trump, who was himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, said: "What neighborhood was it in?"

Asked if Trump was anxious that his comments would jeopardise votes from swing Republican senators, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "I don't think so".

"Upstairs, downstairs where was it? But I had one beer that's the only thing I remember"'.

Flake told NBC's "Today" show that "there's no time and no place for remarks like that, that discuss something this sensitive at a political rally. Before I start jumping in, let me just read what they have and we'll go from there".

The letter claims the Republican staffers have selectively disclosed evidence and worked to "undermine the credibility of the women who have come forward".

"Every single word Judge Kavanaugh has said has been picked apart, every single word, second by second of his testimony has been picked apart, yet if anybody says anything about the accusations that have been thrown against them that's totally off limits and outrageous", Sanders said, speaking at the first White House press briefing since September 10.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee. 'How did you get there?' I don't remember.

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The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn, said the report could be given to senators as soon as Wednesday. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) all say they're undecided on Kavanaugh, though an inconclusive Federal Bureau of Investigation report could be the impetus for any of these senators to back him.

Republicans now hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate.

Flake and Collins are among five senators who have not publicly said how they will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Kavanaugh's truthfulness to Congress - including how he represented his alcohol consumption - is also under the scanner, with a former Yale classmate on Monday accusing the judge of misleading lawmakers when he said he never experienced blackouts.

"The problem is less with relationships - like I said, those are resilient - than it is with process", he said. Opposition to Kavanaugh grew 4 percentage points after the hearing, apparently driven by people who previously were undecided.

In a Twitter post, Mr Trump did not back away from his rally comments, instead attacking Mr Kavanaugh's Democrat critics.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders dismissed the widespread view that Trump mocked Ford.

Sanders cribbed from Kellyanne Conway's script earlier in the day, insisting "the president was stating fact" though, in fairness, she stopped short of using Conway's gag that Ford has "been treated like a Fabergé egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president".

West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito - like Ford, a graduate of the Holton-Arms School - has said she supports Kavanaugh.

Both Kavanaugh and Judge have denied the allegations made against them.

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