Flake says Trump’s mocking of Ford ‘appalling’

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Trump has continued to support Kavanaugh amid the allegations but until Tuesday he had largely withheld criticism of the alleged victims and his enthusiasm for the judge was tempered.

The Senate's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, accused Kavanaugh of delivering a "partisan screed" during the judiciary committee hearing last week.

The president repeatedly said in response to questions about his top court pick that he was waiting to see what would come out of the FBI investigation and did not want to "interrupt" anything. Trump said as the audience cheered and applauded.

Flake, the Judiciary Committee member who pushed to delay the vote on Kavanaugh so the FBI could investigate, leveled his criticism the morning after Trump drew laughs for his remarks at a political rally in Mississippi. The agency has been interviewing witnesses.

"And a man's life is in tatters", Trump added.

This is "a scary time", Trump said Tuesday.

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh meets with Sen.

He has vehemently denied the claims.

Addressing a rally in MS on Tuesday night, Trump poked fun at Ford for her wrenching testimony before the Senate judiciary committee last week, where she recalled the assault she faced as a teenager. His daughters who are attractive, incredible young kids - they destroy people, they want to destroy people. Democrats are pressing the investigators to expand their list of witness interviews but have agreed with the timeline. "We want Kavanaugh!" had quieted.

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Senators will then vote on whether to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

The votes of the three Republicans and those of red-state Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will largely determine whether Kavanaugh is confirmed.

In a letter addressed to FBI Director Chris Wray and the general counsel Dana Boente, Ford's attorneys lay out the steps they took to offer Ford's cooperation, which they said began with a Friday night conversation with Boente. But asked about McConnell's pledge to move forward with a vote this week, Murkowski told The Associated Press that McConnell "talked about a vote last week, too".

Flake and Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were instrumental last week in holding up Kavanaugh's confirmation vote.

"The hearing has in many ways poked the bear, meaning a sleeping giant has been awoken", said Brian O. Walsh, who heads America First.

"I had one beer, right?" "We simply can't", Flake, who is retiring as a senator in January, said at an event in Washington. "Hell, yes. And they're going to be talking about why their vote matters if they're angry about what happened" during the hearing. "This is all part of the organised effort to delay, obstruct and intimidate, including those of us who will be voting this week".

Opening speeches before Trump arrived also touched on abortion, Brett Kavanaugh, midterm elections and tax cuts. Trump Jr. said he fears more for his sons than for his daughters in the age of #MeToo. He said Kavanaugh seemed willing to "mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane" to ensure his ascension to the high court.

"Is he telling the truth?"

"A couple of times I made eye contact with Mark and thought he might try to help me, but he did not", she said.

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As the investigation of past actions continues, lawmakers in both parties are parsing Kavanaugh's testimony from last week.

Democrats, McConnell said, "will not be satisfied unless they have brought down Judge Kavanaugh's nomination". Flake has not said how he will vote if the nomination comes up this week.

The statement represents a reversal from Trump's earlier stance on Blasey Ford.

Meanwhile, a report released Tuesday by police in New Haven, Connecticut, says Kavanaugh was accused of throwing ice at a man during an altercation at a bar while in college.

Kavanaugh was questioned after the 1985 altercation but wasn't arrested. Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who sits on the Judiciary Committee and is a frequent Trump critic, slammed Trump for the remark.

Harvard Law School representatives did not immediately return a request for comment from CNN seeking a specific reason why Kavanaugh felt he could not commit to teaching the course.

Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 20 women, whose allegations he has denied and dismissed. And I think the country needs to be behind it and we need a more bipartisan process.

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for the third woman, Julie Swetnick, told CNN on Monday his client had not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Kavanaugh denies that as well.

Last week, a separate report claimed he exposed himself during a drunken dormitory party in the same period, with various former classmates now publicly weighing in on his alleged out-of-control drinking habits in detail. Kavanaugh testified he has never assaulted anyone.

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