Flake says Trump's mocking of Ford 'appalling'

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In a raucous campaign-style rally in MS on Tuesday night, Donald Trump mocked Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who in wrenching testimony before the Senate judiciary committee last week said that the supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager.

Kavanaugh denied the accusation, as well as allegations by two other women of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.

Lawyers for two of the accusers meanwhile said on Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not interviewing witnesses or following leads that would support their allegations.

Flake has previously said that his vote depends on the results of the FBI's investigation and has declined to speculate on whether he would be comfortable voting on Kavanaugh if the probe is not yet completed. "Kavanaugh may make it seem like he's had a causal relationship with alcohol, but it turns out the two of them were probably more than just friends", Noah said. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, a member of the Judiciary Committee, seized on those comments Monday as she laced into Kavanaugh in a speech on the Senate floor. Vice-President Mike Pence would break any 50-50 tie in Kavanaugh's favour.

Ernst is among six Republican women in the Senate.

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. "But now you're guilty until proven innocent". Judge, Smyth and Keyser say they don't recall the incident described by Ford. But she's made some strong comments about Ford and her testimony, making that less clear.

Chuck Grassley, the Republican chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, separately demanded in a letter to Ford's lawyers that they provide a range of materials to determine whether her allegations are credible.

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance said Tuesday evening that it is reviewing the allegations in the aticle and "vigorously pursuing all appropriate avenues of investigation". Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who sits on the Judiciary Committee and is a frequent Trump critic, slammed Trump for the remark. Jeff Flake and Susan Collins pointedly rebuking the president.

He said he thought the judge "is doing very well right now".




Republicans have accused Democrats of trying to drag out the confirmation process, with McConnell repeatedly charging they're trying to "move the goalposts". Some Republicans fear that pushing ahead with confirmation could alienate women voters, while Democrats seek to capitalize.

Schumer said Kavanaugh was "rudely interrupting" senators in a way he'd never seen from a witness.

"We can't have this on the court".

Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, said the organization has launched a get-out-the-vote campaign that includes a message about the importance who appoints Supreme Court justice. Kavanaugh vehemently denies the accusation.

Swetnick has not. She alleged in an affivadit that Kavanaugh engaged in "abusive and physically aggressive behaviour towards girls" at parties in Maryland in the early 1980s.

"This woman had no clue what was going on, and yet she made the most awful charges", Trump said, pointing out that Kavanaugh went to Yale as apparent evidence that the claims were spurious.

The announcement was made in an email from administrators to law students on Monday. However, the source could not confirm the reason Kavanaugh would not be teaching at the school in 2019 beyond the statement sent out by school officials that he could "no longer commit to teaching his course".

A Harvard Law School spokesperson confirmed Kavanaugh's decision to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Kavanaugh was scheduled to teach a class in the winter term, according to a source familiar with the matter.

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