White House defends Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser

White House defends Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser

White House defends Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser

Some Republican senators said at least a portion of the document should be available for public review.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, blasted the president's mockery of Ford as "reprehensible, beneath the office of the presidency, and beneath common decency from one person to another".

A public policy analyst contends that despite the loud protests and delaying tactics from Senate Democrats, Brett Kavanaugh ultimately will be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said only that senators will be able to see the results of the FBI's work. That means a cloture vote could come on Friday morning at the soonest.

"It's time to put this sickening display behind us", McConnell said in remarks on the Senate floor earlier in the day.

If they don't have the votes, the nomination fails.

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers say they'll turn over notes from her therapy sessions and any recordings of her taking a lie detector test to the FBI, if the bureau agrees to interview her.

"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.

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

In a letter to Schumer, McConnell said a briefing "would be unprecedented and irregular" and suggested that such a maneuver would be a tactic meant to stall a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

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?" I don't know. I don't know. I don't remember. Where is the place? The case is even weaker than "he-said, she-said" because it's complete uncorroborated, she added. To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right. "Before I start jumping in, let me just read what they have and we'll go from there".

She told reporters Dr Ford has "been treated like a Faberge egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president".

"I would tell him to knock it off".

Trump drew laughs Tuesday with his rendition of how Ford answered questions at last week's hearing.

Kavanaugh's allies say Democrats are raising issues of character because they know the Federal Bureau of Investigation will not be able to prove allegations of sexual assault.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh returns from a break in his Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018.

Senator Flake was instrumental last week in getting Mr Trump to order an FBI investigation into the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh, after he was confronted in a lift by victims of sexual assault.

However, Reuters reports that several witnesses who say they have information about the case have tried and failed to speak with FBI investigators. With Republicans defending majorities in the House and Senate next month, officials cast Trump's visit as an attempt to get ahead of a potentially perilous situation.

Hundreds of vigils were held across the United States Wednesday with marchers hoping to persuade senators to vote against confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Senator Joni Ernst from Iowa, said Ford's story hasn't been corroborated and people should be presumed innocent until proved guilty.

On NBC's "Today" show Wednesday, Sen.

But Flake also said that the President's attack would not influence his vote.

In the letter, Democrats wrote that the tweet wasn't consistent with what senators learned in a briefing on a confidential background investigation into Kavanaugh's history.

In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Trump did not back away from his comments at the rally, instead attacking Kavanaugh's Democratic critics.

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