The president's comments came as the FBI investigates allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's pick to fill an empty seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
"He has grossly mischaracterized his relationship with alcohol", Schumer said, characterizing Kavanaugh as someone who "tiptoes around the truth". Trump is unlikely to make direct appeals to the lawmakers on the fence, as he does not have particularly close relationships with those senators. "But now you're guilty until proven innocent", Trump said. "That is the key question here. It really does", said Mr Trump. They are all, by construction, conservatives or "originalists", orthodox on the sanctity of gun rights, property rights, unlimited campaign spending, and deference to Republican but not Democratic legislation and legislatures. In doing so, Trump is feeding off the explosion of male resentment that is only growing in the wake of a college professor's allegations against Trump's Supreme Court pick which has now turned into a national circus.
"I want them to do a very comprehensive investigation", Trump said of the FBI, which was tasked on Friday with looking into the allegations after a last-minute request from Republican members of Congress.
Democrats offered harsher assessments.
Ms Ramirez also provided investigators with the names of others who she said could corroborate her account, according to a source. "And in all the years I have known him, I have never seen him to be disrespectful or inappropriate with women".
"Unfortunately, that was too accurate", Leahy said during an interview on MSNBC. They argue that anybody would be outraged by a 36-year-old allegation of sexual assault and subsequent trial in the media, and they say there has been no criticism of Judge Kavanaugh's temperament on the bench.
Reacting to Trump's claim that senators need to provide him guidance on who should be interviewed as part of the investigation, Avenatti said that "Trump is talking out of both sides of his mouth".
A vote to confirm Mr Kavanaugh has been delayed as the FBI investigates the claims, which he denies.
"It's not fair to Judge Kavanaugh to string this matter along further", Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas said.
When the White House on Friday ordered a one-week FBI investigation into the background of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, among the immediate reactions was a skepticism that much could be uncovered in that short amount of time.
We're starting to see arguments like the following: Even if Judge Kavanaugh is innocent, what he said at the hearing, and how he said it, is disqualifying.
In Bob Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House", the author quotes Trump telling a friend about his strategy in cases involving sexual accusations: "You've got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women".
Kavanaugh denies any wrongdoing.
Another witness, Patrick PJ Smyth, answered "every question" he was asked and told agents he had "no knowledge" of the small gathering Ms Ford described, according to his lawyer, Eric Bruce. "We simply can't", Flake told an event in Washington hosted by The Atlantic magazine.
It was not clear if McConnell was referring to a final vote or an initial, procedural vote that would likely not be definitive.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, considered a swing vote on the nomination, refused to be drawn into the issue of Kavanaugh's credibility or the timing of an eventual vote on Tuesday.
Likely voters have tasked the Federal Bureau of Investigation with finding out the truth about Brett Kavanaugh, which means Sen.