Trump mocks Ford's claims about Kavanaugh at MS rally

John Hain

John Hain

The mad scramble to get Trump SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh confirmed has caused key members of the Senate GOP to drop their masks and expose their inner ghouls.

One of Ford's attorneys, Michael Bromwich, condemned Trump's remarks on Twitter, writing: "A vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well?"

The California psychology professor has testified that a drunken Kavanaugh sexually abused her in a locked room at a high school party in the 1980s and has said she believed he was trying to rape her. Kavanaugh has denied her assertions and those of two other women, who have accused him of other instances of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.

The report could be delivered to Capitol Hill as early as Wednesday.

Flake has previously said that his vote depends on the results of the FBI's investigation and has declined to speculate on whether he would be comfortable voting on Kavanaugh if the probe is not yet completed. A handful of Senate aides may view the findings as well.

President Trump reiterated his support for Mr Kavanaugh on Tuesday, saying he believed the Senate would approve the judge. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination but called for the reopening of the investigation into his background.

Appearing at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston, Flake said on Monday that he wants the FBI to conduct a "real investigation" and not one that "just gives us more cover".

And speaking at an event hosted by The Atlantic magazine, Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said he "didn't particularly like" the president's remarks, adding, "I would tell him, knock it off. I don't know", Trump said, flailing his arms around to mock her as he has some of his political foes or journalists during similar events in the past.

Republicans noted that a bipartisan memorandum of understanding in 2009 dictates the handling of such reports.

Democrats questioned the secrecy - and the decision to rely on the standard procedure - given the significance.

"If there are demonstrable lies ... and if he misled the committee in that way, then that's something that is not right and shouldn't happen", he said.

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Richard Blumenthal of CT, who sits on the Judiciary Committee.

"They're toast if they vote 'no, ' and they should be", Graham said.

"This is another part of their moving the goal posts, which is happening at the speed of light at this point", said Carrie Severino, chief counsel for the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative advocacy group.

Kennedy said that if all findings can not be released, he'dsupportan objective summary of the report to be shared to avoid senators leaking "selected versions that advance their position".

When HuffPost asked if he'd consider withholding his support for Kavanaugh until a version of the report was made public, Kennedy responded, "No, that's silly".

Republican officials and the White House expect Hyde-Smith's race to go to a runoff under the state's election rules that force a showdown between the top two finishers if no candidate wins at least 50 percent of the vote on November 6.

President Trump talks to reporters on the White House South Lawn on Tuesday.

Ramirez has said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they both attended Yale University.

Trump has "taken the bait and gone out and directly tweeted at her, " Kilmeade said, worrying that attacking Newman would only help her sell more copies of her book. "Last night he chose to blow it as the Federal Bureau of Investigation is handing in the report as early as today". "More baseless innuendo and more false smears from Senate Democrats".

It is not clear whether the document will draw conclusions about the allegations.

"I'm not on the ballot, but in a certain way I am", he said. "My understanding is they're just going to send us raw data".

The letter also criticized Republicans on the committee for "mischaracterizing" and "selectively disclosing" information about the allegations against Kavanaugh. The Senate is likely to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation by the end of the week.

"The FBI doesn't make credibility determinations about ultimate facts", Mukasey said.

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