Key Republicans condemn Trump's mockery of Christine Blasey Ford

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Kavanaugh was initially set to face a Senate vote earlier this week, but the three Republicans abruptly joined Democrats on Friday in demanding an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into allegations by California professor Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when both were in high school in 1982.

The judge has vehemently denied all allegations against him.

If all the Democrats oppose Kavanaugh, Trump can not afford to lose the support of more than one Republican for his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tiebreaking vote.

"And a man's life is in tatters", Trump added. But Democrats accused the administration of restricting the probe behind the scenes. Judge, Smyth and Keyser say they don't recall the incident described by Ford.

However, the White House seems to have limited the scope of the investigation, and a report on the FBI's findings is expected to be released before Friday. Until now, Trump has managed to maintain at least a semblance of decorum while discussing last week's hearing looking into the allegations made against his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, but all that went out the window as he addressed a sea of his adoring fans.

Sen. Chris Coons, the Democrat from DE who worked with Republican Sen. I'm the first person to say, 'I want to hear from Dr. Ford.' I thought she was handled respectfully.

To guard the potentially sensitive information contained in the report, it'll be kept in a secure room. "The American people are sick of the display that's been put on here in the United States Senate in the guise of a confirmation process".

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Its conclusions will not be made public, but Senators will be able to review the report on Thursday.

Trump himself didn't respond publicly to the criticism.

Others, like Republican Sen.

Amid complaints that some lawmakers were being confronted outside their homes, McConnell claimed on the Senate floor that the protesters were "part of the organized effort" to derail Kavanaugh's nomination.

Jeff Flake of Arizona to strike a deal to avoid holding a confirmation vote until after an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, said on Tuesday that he was "concerned" about damage to key bipartisan relationships.

Asked if Trump was anxious that his comments would jeopardise votes from swing Republican senators, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "I don't think so".

The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn, said the report could be given to senators as soon as Wednesday.

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"We have differing views about the other qualifications of Judge Kavanaugh", they wrote.

Also interviewed was Tim Gaudette, a high school classmate of Kavanaugh. According to Kavanaugh's 1982 calendar, he hosted a party that included several people that Ford identified as being present on the night she was assaulted.

He said "Debbie's story was believable and that Brett was frequently, incoherently drunk".

He reiterated his previous statement that Kavanaugh "was a notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk".

But Sanders argued that Trump was simply pointing out gaps in Ford's testimony that had also been noted by sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who was hired by Republican senators to question her during the hearing.

"I got boys and I got girls, and when I see what's going on right now - it's scary", Trump Jr. said.

"He said that "boofing" was farting and the "Devil's Triangle" was a drinking game". 'I don't know.' What neighborhood was it?

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