Senators Spar Over FBI Probe of Kavanaugh, Trump Mocks His Accuser

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Before the crowd Tuesday night in Southaven, Mississippi, President Trump imitated Ford during her testimony, mocking her for not knowing the answers to questions such as how she had gotten to the high school party where she says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.

Graham, an ardent supporter of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, has been one of the Senate Judiciary Committee's fiercest proclaimers of his innocent against Ford's sexual assault allegations. "But I don't think it's fair to selectively try to contradict what Dr. Ford said, but to just ignore all of the contradicting evidence about what Judge Kavanaugh said".

"I got boys and I got girls, and when I see what's going on right now - it's scary", Trump Jr. said.

President Trump, while making his case that Kavanaugh deserves a spot on the Supreme Court, told the rally crowd in MS, "I don't even know him".

GOP lawmakers emerging from a closed-door lunch said that if the Federal Bureau of Investigation report arrived later in the day, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would trigger a process that could lead to a crucial initial vote Friday and a climactic confirmation roll call over the weekend.

Graham (R-S.C.) said Democrats are attempting to "destroy" Kavanaugh over uncorroborated allegations of sexual assault, and confirming him to the Supreme Court is the only "just solution".

Mr. McConnell said the report will be done this week, and the Senate will vote this week.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders dismissed the widespread view that Trump mocked Ford. She doesn't remember how she got home, for example.

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Mr Trump also criticised Prof Christine Blasey Ford - whose testimony before the Senate judiciary committee last week sparked off the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry.

Under Senate rules, McConnell would have to act by Wednesday evening to set up a procedural vote on Kavanaugh for Friday, which would then allow for a final vote on the confirmation Saturday. 'Where's the house?' I don't know. "I wish he hadn't had done it", Flake told NBC's Savannah Guthrie on "Today", adding, "It's kind of appalling".

President Trump reiterated his support for Mr Kavanaugh on Tuesday, saying he believed the Senate would approve the judge.

Ms Ford's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, called Mr Trump's attack "vicious, vile and soulless".

The president told reporters on Monday: "The FBI should interview anybody that they want within reason, but you have to say within reason".

Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation battle and the national soul-searching over sexual consent it has provoked threaten only to further motivate liberal female voters, leaving Republicans searching for a counterweight. I don't think that would happen with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seated across the table.

But the White House said Wednesday it was up to the GOP-controlled Senate.

Ludington said he "cringed" when he watched the Fox News interview with Kavanaugh and his wife Monday and when Kavanaugh testified under oath on Thursday to the judiciary committee.