Flake calls Trump's comments on Ford 'appalling'

Brett Kavanaugh the Supreme Court nominee during his heated testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Brett Kavanaugh the Supreme Court nominee during his heated testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee

'Guilty until proven innocent, that's very risky for our country, ' Trump said of Ford's testimony last week that Kavanaugh attempted to hold her down and remove her clothes in 1982, when they were both in high school.

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday allegations of sexual misconduct against his U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh showed that "it's a very scary time for young men in America" who now may be presumed guilty even when innocent. The remarks were his strongest attacks yet of her testimony.

And on Tuesday, Schumer called for a briefing by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the full Senate before a vote on whether to move Kavanaugh's nomination forward.

"So many different charges", Trump said of Kavanaugh. The Washington-based conservative group, among the staunchest advocates for Kavanaugh's confirmation, said Tuesday it would spend $400,000 on a new ad.

The FBI will pass its findings to the White House, which will give them to the Senate. He pledged that the full Senate would begin voting on Kavanaugh's nomination this week.

Senators will then vote on whether to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.).

In the report, Ms Ramirez, 53, claimed Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself "at a drunken dormitory party" where she alleged he "thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away".

The Senate has delayed a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh while the FBI conducts a background investigation into Blasey Ford's allegations.

Flake, an Arizona Republican, has played a key role in Kavanaugh's confirmation process. "If we play this smart, there maybe will not be a blue wave". "I don't know, but I had one beer, that's the only thing I remember".

That claim was further called into question on Tuesday after the New York Times published a copy of a letter written by Kavanaugh in 1983 where he warned his friends of the danger of eviction from a beachfront condo they had rented for the weekend.

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"This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen", he wrote in a statement.

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said Friday would be too soon.

But last week he took the gloves off, ripping into Democrats for what he called "a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fuelled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election" and "revenge on behalf of the Clintons." Sen.

Besides Ford, two other women have publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct while he was in high school or college.

"I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth", Chad Ludington told reporters. At least one undecided Republican, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., "Have you?" He said Kavanaugh seemed willing to "mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane" to ensure his ascension to the high court.

Several of Kavanaugh's former classmates have contradicted his assertions that he never drank excessively or behaved inappropriately while intoxicated, raising questions about whether Kavanaugh could have lied while under oath.

But Kavanaugh has been waylaid by accusations of sexual assault by Ford and two other women who have spoken out publicly, and by doubts about his testimony before the Senate, which included conspiracy-mongering and dubious descriptions of his high school and college years. Part of Bloomberg's motivation, an aide said, is the potential political fallout from the Kavanaugh hearing last week. He said Kavanaugh was "rightfully angry" about the accusations, and he added, "Who wouldn't be?"

Get mad. Get to DC. Now they are criticizing him for getting mad. "I do think it's motivating people to turn out and vote. It's not like I want to protect my friend", Trump said. "I don't remember", the president said. But I had one beer.

Still, Trump slammed Senate Democrats during a campaign rally in Tennessee Monday night. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, among the nation's most vulnerable Democratic incumbents.

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