Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony

Voters showing high interest in midterm elections

Voters showing high interest in midterm elections

Three Republican senators who will be crucial to deciding whether Brett Kavanaugh reaches the Supreme Court hit out at President Donald Trump on Wednesday after he unleashed an attack on Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the judge of sexual assault.

Addressing a campaign rally in MS on Tuesday night, Trump cast doubt on Ford's allegation that Kavanaugh, his nominee for the USA supreme court, attempted to rape her when the two were teenagers in the early 1980s.

However, on Tuesday night the president mocked her evidence about the alleged assault in Maryland in 1982 when she was 15 and Mr Kavanaugh was 17.

During her testimony before the Senate committee, Ford told at least some of the story of how she came to use her therapists' records against Kavanaugh. "That's the only thing I remember, '" Trump said, acting as Ford. 'Where was the place?' I don't remember.

The audience laughed as the president said: "Thirty-six years ago this happened: I had one beer!"

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sidestepped questions about President Trump's mockery of Christine Blasey Ford as key lawmakers reportedly expressed disgust with his campaign rally speech.

"What neighbourhood was it in?" "I don't know", Where's the house? 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs? "A man's life is in tatters. He is a profile in cowardice". One other Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, have also not announced whether they will vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

Mr Kavanaugh denies any wrongdoing.

McSally said that, if no additional information emerges from the Federal Bureau of Investigation review, she supports confirming Kavanaugh.

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The Hill reported that Ford's attorneys have agreed to fulfill Grassley's request, but only if the FBI agrees to interview Ford as a part of its week-long supplemental investigation into Kavanaugh. To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right.

"And I hope some conclusion or some summary will be made public because I hate to see Judge Kavanaugh be subjected to these allegations in public, which have to be embarrassing and destructive and not see the vindication if in fact that's what we see made public", Cornyn added.

Assuming there are enough votes to proceed, as early as Saturday the full Senate will be able to vote for or against Brett Kavanaugh to become a US Supreme Court Justice.

Hyde-Smith didn't answer. The Mississippi Republican, sworn in last April for a seat the GOP needs to keep, hopped on a Senate subway that sped her toward the Capitol.

When she spoke before the Senate committee last Thursday, Prof Ford recalled that the house where the alleged assault took place was in the Chevy Chase-Bethesda area in the wealthy suburbs of Washington DC.

Sen. Flake has not said how he will vote if the nomination comes up this week.

Senators, including Republican Jeff Flake, struck a deal the following day that gives the FBI one week to conduct an investigation and deliver a report.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants a final Senate vote on the nomination on Saturday, after an earlier procedural vote on Friday.

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