As U.S. senators await the result of an FBI investigation and prepare for a potential final vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, Trump used part of a political rally to mock a woman who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her.
Republican senators told reporters Wednesday they believe the FBI's report on its findings from its background investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be completed sometime Wednesday.
Senators Jeff Flake and Susan Collins, both key votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, spoke out a day after Mr Trump's remarks at a MS rally. The Senate's Republican leaders are planning a vote on Kavanaugh this week.
"I guess I want to say, 'Thank you, '" Walsh said.
"What neighbourhood was it in?" I don't know.' 'Upstairs? 'I don't know. I don't know.
The president warned about a risky and "damn sad situation" in the country where a man's life can be destroyed over accusations over misconduct and are assumed guilty instead of innocent. Jeff Flake (Ariz.), a key swing vote in the Kavanaugh confirmation, said there's "no time and no place" for remarks like that, adding that they were "not right" and "kind of appalling". "I wish he hadn't had done it".
Loosely quoting Blasey, he said, "I had one beer".
Collins told CNN's Manu Raju that the comments were "just plain wrong". Asked whether the President's attack would sway her vote, she answered: "I am taking everything into account".
The president's tone on Ford's testimony stood in sharp contrast to his assessment last week.
President Trump praised Judge Kavanaugh and mocked his accusers Tuesday. "And I thought Kavanaugh was treated like crap".
As Sanders fielded questions about whether Trump has selective view of due process, April Ryan jumped in by pressing her about Trump's previous comments regarding the Central Park Five and Bill Clinton.
FBI investigators had not reached out to a third woman who said she witnessed Kavanaugh engage in "inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s", her attorney, Michael Avenatti, wrote on Twitter early Sunday morning.
Mitchell, who did not address Kavanaugh's testimony in her statement, pointed out that the Senate confirmation hearing is not a trial, but she said she provided her assessment based on a legal context.
She went on to accuse the Democrats of launching a "full scale assault on" Mr Kavanaugh's integrity, calling it "a co-ordinated smear campaign".
Trump also repeatedly encouraged those in attendance to vote Republican in November and called the midterm elections, "One of the most important congressional elections of our lifetime".
It is not clear whether any part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation report will be made public, but Thune acknowledged "some of it will probably make its way out into the public and into the mainstream".
And in a new twist, Conway did not hide that polling data showing support for Kavanaugh in competitive states is circulating throughout the West Wing.
"Last night, he chose to blow it, " Kilmeade said, as Doocy and Earhardt looked at him with silent concern.
Trump shared similar sentiments in a tweet shortly after Conway spoke to reporters, saying "Voters are really angry at the vicious and despicable way Democrats are treating Brett Kavanaugh!". He further noted that Ford had never mentioned Kavanaugh or the incident in question, adding that he had no ill-will towards his ex-girlfriend, and only wanted to "be truthful" about what he knew.