Donald Trump's mocking of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser 'appalling', Republican senators say

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Democrats say Kavanaugh can not be confirmed with the still-unproven accusations hanging over his head.

Kavanaugh also testified before the committee - and vehemently denied the allegation.

The court's nine justices are appointed for life and have the final say on some of the most contentious issues in U.S. public life, from abortion to gun control and voting laws.

In a statement, Ford's attorney said an FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview with Ford "cannot be called an investigation" and they are "profoundly disappointed".

The White House was working to tamp down another fire caused by the president's comments about Ford Tuesday night during a MS rally.

Speaking to reporters in Washington earlier in the day, Trump had appeared to take aim at the broader #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment, saying that it had reversed the burden of proof required by the judicial system.

Kavanaugh's fate remains unclear because three Republicans are undecided: senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. She would not say if they would affect her vote.

Senator Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, complained in an interview with Reuters that the White House had not responded to requests for documents detailing its instructions to the FBI about the scope of its investigation of Kavanaugh. 'How did you get there?' I don't remember. That procedural vote could happen as early as Friday morning and set up a final vote potentially Saturday. "I had one beer - that's the only thing I remember", he stated inaccurately. Asked whether the President's attack would sway her vote, she answered: "I am taking everything into account".

However, lawyers for his first accuser, Prof Ford, said that she had not been contacted by the agency. Two Senate staff members say the plan is to have separate times for Democrats and Republicans. He has vehemently denied all the accusations.




"And this information comes on top of what has already been one of the most thorough, most exhaustive Senate reviews of any Supreme Court nominee in our nation's history".

Other women have also come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh, including Deborah Ramirez, who told The New Yorker that she remembers Kavanaugh exposing himself to her at a dormitory party.

In a sharply worded online post condemning Senate Democrats for engaging in "baseless innuendo and more false smears", Judiciary Committee Republicans on Wednesday stood by their claim that none of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's previous Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks had turned up any evidence of sexual misconduct.

The White House Counsel's office believes that the sworn testimony from both in front of the Senate committee last week is sufficient, CNN reported. I don't know! Upstairs, downstairs, where was it? Their votes will likely decide whether he is confirmed.

She told reporters Dr Ford has "been treated like a Faberge egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president".

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 Washington DC suburbs.

There is another related matter that demands investigative attention: the aborted effort by conservative activist Ed Whelan to deflect blame for the Ford incident onto Kavanaugh's former friend Chris Garrett.

The group says Kavanaugh told "outright falsehoods".

In parroting comments made during the investigation into Bill Clinton, Mr Graham said of the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh, that "this is what you get when you go through a trailer park with a $100 bill".

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