Flake says Trump's mocking of Ford 'appalling'

Cheryl Sanders
October 3, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford, a California psychology professor, alleged in emotional Senate testimony that Kavanaugh pinned her down, attempted to remove her clothes and prevented her from screaming during a social gathering in the early 1980s.

Earlier in the day, Trump bemoaned what he says has become the marching orders in the #MeToo movement - guilty until proven innocent. Downstairs. I don't know.

Concerns: Flake says he supports putting a conservative jurist such as Kavanaugh on the bench but he has expressed concern about the public's perception of an illegitimate process that would damage the Supreme Court's reputation.

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was accused of throwing ice at a man during an altercation at a bar while in college, it has emerged.

Another member of the panel, Democratic Sen.

McConnell referred to Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing Swetnick, as a "tabloid lawyer" and said he is pushing allegations about "one wild party after another filled with sexual violence for which there happened to be zero witnesses".

The fight over Kavanaugh's nomination has been unusually emotional and has unfolded just weeks ahead of November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to seize control of Congress from Republicans.

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

At the request of senators, President Donald Trump ordered the FBI to conduct a background investigation this week into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. "You could be somebody that was flawless your entire life and somebody could accuse you of something".

She lauded Trump and said to the crowd: 'Is he not the best president we have ever had?' In a news conference Monday, President Trump said the Federal Bureau of Investigation should interview "anybody" it wants "within reason". Trump said, apparently re-enacting Blasey Ford's questioning by a Senate panel as he addressed supporters at a campaign rally in Mississippi.

"What neighbourhood was it in?" 'I don't know. Upstairs. He said the one thing he wanted was speed, because drawing the probe out was "unfair" to Kavanaugh's family.

The president warned about a unsafe and "damn sad situation" in the country where a man's life can be destroyed over accusations over misconduct and are assumed guilty instead of innocent. On Friday, he voted to move the nominee out of committee but called for an FBI investigation into allegations made against Kavanaugh in order to gain more clarity on the matter before the full Senate votes on his nomination.

"I got boys and I got girls, and when I see what's going on right now - it's scary", Trump Jr. said. "We simply can't", Flake said at an event hosted by The Atlantic.

Ford's allegations have thrown the outcome of Kavanaugh's nomination - once believed by many to be a sure bet - in some doubt in the 51-49 Republican-controlled Senate.

In a letter to the FBI, they said they have been trying to reach the agent heading the investigation but haven't heard back.

Ernst is among six Republican women in the Senate.

Ford claims she was nearly raped by former schoolmate Kavanaugh at a house party in the early 80s, and that she was only saved after an onlooker intervened and pulled Kavanaugh off her.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said each senator would get a copy of the FBI's report on its investigation.

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, former chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said that the debate over Kavanaugh is energizing voters in both parties. Judge has previously denied any memory of such an incident.

In a White House press conference overnight, the U.S. leader sought to excuse excessive drinking by teenagers, while going beyond Mr Kavanaugh's own testimony on his past use of alcohol to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. They include notes from therapy sessions and video or audio recordings of a polygraph test she took.

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