Ford's lawyers said it is "inconceivable" that the FBI could conclude its investigation, which could happen as early as Wednesday, without interviewing either her, Kavanaugh or all of the other witnesses whose names she has provided. No Republicans have said they will vote against Kavanaugh.
He had originally called her testimony to a Senate committee about the events "credible" and "compelling", but at a political rally in MS, he instead blasted her for forgetting certain details. "President Trump won these states promising to nominate conservative judges who are well-qualified".
The remarks were Trump's most pointed yet on Ford's testimony, in which she told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago when they were both teenagers.
The fact that Trump mocked Ford at a political rally was "not right", Flake told NBC's Today Show. Flake added, "I wish he hadn't done it".
"With all of that, you can not say that we've done anything but be respectful, and I do".
Much of the focus Thursday will be on the reactions of three Republicans whose votes are considered key to Kavanaugh's fate: Flake, Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).
Democrats may cry foul about an investigation that omits Ford and Kavanaugh; Republicans may take the position that they've already talked extensively with the Senate and the public in their open hearing last week. Also a Kavanaugh friend she says was in the room. But it would be nice to see a few less stop letting people pass down wealth through these "loopholes" takes and a few more tales calling for a lower tax burden on us all. "And right now, that's sort of where our focus needs to be", said Sen.
He called Democrats who are against Kavanaugh "evil people" who want to "destroy people". She defended her actions as protecting Ford's desire for privacy. Judge, identified by Ford as a witness to the alleged assault, has denied any memory of such an incident. But he has sounded less convinced each time he has addressed the subject.
But that gap disappears when looking at it by party - 80 percent of Democratic men believe Ford as do 74 percent of Democratic women. "I don't care how many members they chase, how many people they harass here in the halls, I want to make one thing perfectly clear: We will not be intimidated by these people".
But White House counselor Kellyanne Conway brushed off criticism of the President and bolstered the toughened White House line towards Ford.
That Trump's impulse is to mock Ford should (alas) surprise no one. She said Trump was merely "pointing out factual inconsistencies".
"I think both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh are victims at the hands of the Democrats", she said.
The stepped-up police presence comes as senators - especially Republicans - have expressed unease over protesters who have confronted them at their Senate offices, restaurants, airports and even their homes. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) also have yet to announce how they will vote.
With Republicans holding a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, the loss of any two of their senators would doom Kavanaugh. The encounter weighed on him, said Flake, who later forced Republicans to delay voting on Kavanaugh while the FBI conducts another background investigation.
The FBI had not contacted Ford as of Wednesday morning, her lawyers said.
Trump's Ford mocking is not the problem, the White House representative told reporters.
Trump made the remarks at a freewheeling rally that comes as the FBI investigates allegations that the embattled Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted female students while in high school and college. Smyth and Leland Keyser.
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