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‘Kind of appalling’: Republican senators criticize Trump for mocking Christine Blasey Ford

04 Octobre 2018

The President said Tuesday night that Kavanaugh's "life is in tatters". Three Republican and two Democratic senators, all moderates, have yet to announce how they will vote, and the GOP's razor-thin 51-49 Senate majority means Kavanaugh's fate remains unpredictable.

At face value, the fact that opposition to Kavanaugh's nomination has gone up in the wake of his testimony won't help persuade on-the-fence senators.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of trying to derail the nomination on Monday, declaring: "The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close".

Republican senator Jeff Flake is among those who have taken issue with comments Mr Trump made. Senators will then likely vote on Saturday to confirm Kavanaugh to the court.

Flake was instrumental in initiating an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge nominated by Trump for a lifetime job on the top United States court.

Flake, an Arizona Republican, has played a key role in Kavanaugh's confirmation process. "The president is very confident in his nominee, as he's stated time and time again, and we expect the Senate to vote, and we hope they do that soon", she said.

Heitkamp, meanwhile, noted that Trump himself called for a "broader" FBI investigation into the allegations.

On the other hand, Trump said, if the Federal Bureau of Investigation uncovers something, "I'll take that into consideration".

Added Murkowski a few hours later: "I thought the president's comments yesterday mocking Dr. Ford were wholly inappropriate and in my view unacceptable".

"On many occasions I heard Brett slur his words and saw him staggering from alcohol consumption, not all of which was beer".

The narrow inquiry drew howls from Democrats, including from attorney Michael Avenatti, whose client Julie Swetnick brought forward her own assault claims and was apparently left off the list.

Kavanaugh had denied the accusation, and both he and Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday.

In particular, Democrats have homed in on his contention that the allegations against him are an "orchestrated political hit" funded by left-wing groups seeking "revenge on behalf of the Clintons".

"Are you saying Judge Kavanaugh is the victim in all this?" Instead, Kavanaugh characterized his love of beer as normal, and said suspected references to vomiting contained in his high school yearbook were the result of a weak stomach. He lashed out at senators who asked if he had ever blacked out. The man said he was not that person and told them to stop looking at him.

McConnell mocked the questions from Democrats about Kavanaugh's drinking in high school and college. "The trauma for a man who has never had any accusations", Trump said.

At a news conference on Monday, President Donald Trump decried what he described as "trauma" inflicted upon Kavanaugh, but nevertheless said he wants to see the FBI "do a very comprehensive investigation".

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. "We certainly want the FBI to do a real investigation, and we are working to make sure that that happens".

At a White House briefing, Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders defended his remarks in MS and said he was not concerned the comments may have jeopardized the votes of key senators.

The FBI has been given one week to investigate the claims against Kavanaugh before his nomination is due to be voted on by the entire U.S. senate. I don't know. Where's the house?

Sanders insisted Trump had given the investigators as much rein as needed, but added that it was the Senate which dictates the scope of the probe.

‘Kind of appalling’: Republican senators criticize Trump for mocking Christine Blasey Ford