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White House defends Trump after he mocks Kavanaugh sex assault accuser

04 Octobre 2018

He also took aim at Democrats, who have suggested that Friday might be too soon to vote and who have asked for a full briefing by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents of their findings about accusations against Kavanaugh.

Opening speeches before Trump arrived also touched on abortion, Brett Kavanaugh, midterm elections and tax cuts. The man said he was not that person and told them to stop looking at him. But Democrats accused the administration of restricting the probe behind the scenes. Opposition to Kavanaugh grew 4 percentage points after the hearing, apparently driven by people who previously were undecided.

Several of Kavanaugh's old acquaintances have gone public in recent weeks about their interactions with the judge, and many have spoken about his involvement in a clique known for heavy drinking.

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.

The two committee Democrats who did not sign the letter were Senators Chris Coons of DE and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

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".

"With all of that you can not say that we've done anything but be respectful, and I do". The rooms are called SKIFs, or Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities.

Two senior Senate sources told Fox News earlier that the report isn't expected to be released publicly. Other Republicans conceded that Trump's insults could be damaging.

Obama noted that some of his behavior "was self-destructive", saying, "I might have drank a six-pack in an hour before going back to class, things like that".

Instead, the bureau interviewed three people who Ford said attended the party: Mark Judge, Patrick Smyth and Leland Keyser.

Senator Flake was instrumental last week in getting Mr Trump to order an FBI investigation into the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh, after he was confronted in a lift by victims of sexual assault. "In 2013, Kavanaugh found a detainee's false exculpatory statements to be strong evidence of guilt", she tweeted Wednesday. "Because they know Judge Kavanaugh will follow the Constitution as written". That means if all the Democrats vote against Kavanaugh, Trump could not afford to have more than one Republican oppose his nominee, with Vice-President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote.

Trump drew laughs from supporters at a rally Tuesday night with his rendition of how Ford answered questions at last week's hearing. But I had one beer.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined at left by Sen.

"I dispute that it was anything other than the president stating the facts", Sanders said in her first formal press briefing since September 10. Julie Swetnick, who implicated Kavanaugh in a pattern of sexual assaults, was also not interviewed.

Ms Mitchell wrote that in Dr Ford's previous accounts of the alleged incident - particularly in sessions with marriage and individual therapists in 2012 and 2013 - she struggled to identify Mr Kavanaugh as the assailant by name. "This is a very, very - this is a very hard time".

The FBI didn't interview Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week about her allegations against him.

"I'm not on the ballot, but in a certain way I am", he said. "Boofing" and "Devil's Triangle" are sexual references. I don't know. I don't remember.

White House defends Trump after he mocks Kavanaugh sex assault accuser