Flake says Trump's mocking of Ford 'appalling'

On Monday, Trump said Kavanaugh's testimony last week - which immediately followed Ford's - showed that the nominee had "a little bit of difficulty" with alcohol when he was younger, undercutting Kavanaugh's own portrayal of his drinking habits in high school and college.

Ford testified that she could not remember the precise date or location of the alleged assault or how she got home afterward, but offered a detailed account of the incident itself in which she said a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her down, tried to remove her clothing and covered her mouth when she screamed.

"I've had many false accusations, and when I say it didn't happen no one believes me, but it's my job description", Trump said. "Do you know how bad a fight has to be for the police to get called on a white guy at an Ivy League school in the '80s?!?" "My whole life, I've heard you're innocent until proven guilty". That's the only thing I remember.' And a man's life is in tatters.

Judge has written several books, including one titled "Wasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk", and another titled "God and Man at Georgetown Prep: How I Became a Catholic Despite 20 Years of Catholic Schooling". 'I don't know. I don't know. 'Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?' I don't know.

Blasey Ford's lawyers, Bromwich and Debra Katz, wrote a letter to the agency questioning an apparent decision not to interview Kavanaugh, and expressed concern that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not following up on witnesses and evidence they had identified.

Kavanaugh's confirmation would consolidate conservative control of the Supreme Court, with disputes involving abortion rights, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops possibly heading to the court soon.

President Donald Trump's mockery of Christine Blasey Ford sparked an immediate backlash Wednesday among two critical Republican swing votes on the nomination of Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh, with Sens. "I wish he hadn't have done it".

Flake has said he will vote for Kavanaugh, while Murkowski and Collins have not announced what they'll do.

The activists behind the protests said they planned to keep up the effort as the FBI investigates accusations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh when he was in high school and college.

When Trump ordered the FBI investigation last week under pressure from a handful of Senate Republicans, he set a deadline of this Friday for the probe's completion.

John Kennedy, who sits on the judiciary committee, said that Swetnick's allegations were not included in the agreement reached to authorize an FBI investigation last week.

The attack quickly drew scorn from critics, who said such mockery was part of the reason survivors of sexual assault are afraid to go public.

"The midterm elections are only 35 days away and a new group of senators may view Judge Kavanaugh's nomination very differently after hearing from the voters in their states", Graham said in his statement.

President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday that the FBI had the authority to interview anyone it desired, pushing back against charges by Senate Democrats that the White House was limiting the scope of the investigation.

Mr Trump was speaking to reporters at the White House. While Flake said Kavanaugh deserves some leeway given what he and his family been through, he said, "We can't have this on the court".

Both Flake and Collins could end up being deciding votes when it comes to confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Keyser, a longtime friend of Ford's, was present at the small party where Ford was attacked, according to Ford's testimony before the Judiciary Committee. On Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona broke with his fellow Republicans and said that although he supported moving Kavanaugh's nomination out of the committee, he called for the FBI to investigate credible allegations against Kavanaugh.

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