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"This is a very, very, very hard time", he said.

"We're in the midst of a manufacturing renaissance - something which nobody thought you'd hear", Trump said in a speech to the National Electrical Contractors Association Convention a day after celebrating the new North American trade deal.

The nomination has become a politically explosive issue ahead of November 6 elections, when control of Congress is at stake.

Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) that there would be a brief FBI investigation to look into Ford and other women's sexual misconduct claims.

"Somebody could come and say 30 years ago, 25 years ago, 10 years ago, five years ago, he did a frightful thing to me".

He dismissed accusations that Democrats were trying to delay the vote, noting that it was moderate Republicans in the Senate who slowed the Kavanaugh confirmation process in the past week. "I would re-nominate him, and I would take this case to the American people, and I'd ask voters in IN and Missouri and North Dakota and other places where Trump won saying who he would nominate if he got to be president and see if the voters want to appeal the verdict of their senator".

"I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth", Chad Ludington told reporters.

"We continue to confront how we can move forward as a society after looking the other way as women have been mistreated and abused for generations, and how that interacts with available evidence and the ability to determine culpability for past actions", he said.

"I was very troubled by the tone of the remarks".

"What's happening here has more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court justice", Trump said, adding he hopes the Senate votes later this week to confirm Kavanaugh as the high court's ninth justice.

Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin.

"But here's what we know. one thing for sure". Susan Collins (R-Maine), signed by more than 800 faculty, administrators and staff at colleges and universities who live and work in ME, urging her to vote no on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Flake said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had completed interviews with four people. She described the living room on the first floor, the narrow stairs leading to the second floor, the bedroom across from the bathroom, the music playing in the bedroom, and she remembered exactly what happened when she says Brett Kavanaugh got on top of her, groped her - according to her - tried to undress her, and put his hands over her mouth to keep her from screaming. He had previously called Ford a "very credible witness".

During the 2016 campaign, at least 15 women accused Trump of misbehavior ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behavior around women.

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