GOP Sen. Jeff Flake criticizes Trump's 'appalling' mockery of Christine Blasey Ford

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Mr Trump also criticised Prof Christine Blasey Ford - whose testimony before the Senate judiciary committee last week sparked off the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry.

At a raucous rally in Southaven, Mississippi, Tuesday night, President Trump mocked Christine Blasey Ford, who testified before Congress last week that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexual assaulted her when they were both in high school.

Hours after President Trump cited Kavanaugh's embattled nomination as proof that the #MeToo movement has created a perilous environment for men, the Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans came under fire for releasing a statement using claims about one accuser's sexual past to discredit her.

"I don't like what the president said last night", Graham said, adding that he would tell Mr. Trump to "knock it off", although he called the comments a "factual rendition".

"One thing we know for sure: The Senate will vote on Judge Kavanaugh here on this floor, this week", McConnell said during a floor speech in which he also dismissed some recent media reports about Kavanaugh's decades-old behavior.

"She is a remarkable profile in courage".

Writing in all capital letters, Trump said when he goes to political rallies, which are organised by Republicans, he sees that voters are angry at the "vicious and despicable" way Democrats are treating his nominee.

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"'Nope. It was one beer.' Oh good". 'How many years ago was it?' I don't know.

Collins said Wednesday that Mr. Trump's comments were "just plain wrong".

He reiterated his earlier claims Tuesday that nowadays you are "guilty until proven innocent", and stepped up his line of argument that men are under attack in America, without mentioning survivors of sexual assault. "'I don't know, I don't know, I don't know, I don't know'".

"No, not a chance", Flake said when he asked if he would've made the same decision had he been vying to keep his Senate seat.

Choosing several Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Trump called out Sen.

Flake is one of a handful of moderate Republicans in the Senate whose votes could seal Kavanaugh's fate. "They said, 'Someday he will be a Supreme Court judge'". Also interviewed were two other people Ford said were present but in a different room: Patrick "P.J".

Flake, a retiring Republican senator from Arizona, is another key vote in Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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"The President has mocked people with disabilities, gold star families, women, immigrants, minorities and now Dr. Ford who bravely shared her story of sexual assault in front of the world", Pingree tweeted.

"Guilty until proven innocent, that's very unsafe for our country", Trump said.

The lawyers' concerns emerged amid reports that the FBI could wind up its investigation well before the deadline of this Friday. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he would only vote to advance Kavanaugh's nomination through the Senate Judiciary Committee if GOP leaders promised to conduct a week-long probe before holding a vote in the full Senate.

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.

"And a man's life is in tatters", he said.

A third claim - from Julia Swetnick, who is represented by attorney Michael Avenatti - accuses Kavanaugh of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women at parties in the early 1980s. "I don't remember", Trump said, imitating the questioning of Ford during last Thursday's testimony.

"She's always had my back", Trump said.

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Trump mocked Ford at a rally in MS on Tuesday night, listing what he described as holes in her account as his audience laughed.