Donald Trump Mocks Brett Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford

Minnie Murray
October 3, 2018

He denies those accusations as well.

McConnell singled out Swetnick's accusations, for which he said "there conveniently happened to be zero witnesses". In doing so, Trump is feeding off the explosion of male resentment that is only growing in the wake of a college professor's allegations against Trump's Supreme Court pick which has now turned into a national circus.

Speaking under oath before the Senate committee, Kavanaugh denied any drinking problem and denied bragging about sexual conquests in a high school yearbook entry. The Washington-based conservative group, among the staunchest advocates for Kavanaugh's confirmation, said Tuesday it would spend $400,000 on a new ad. On the same day, he's also hailed Kavanaugh as a "fine man". Vice-President Mike Pence would break any 50-50 tie in Kavanaugh's favour.

Ford's attorneys say they heard nothing from anyone at the bureau since that Friday night phone call, and they say it is "inconceivable" that the agency could conduct a deeper inquiry into the allegations against Kavanaugh without interviewing Ford.

The fight over Kavanaugh's nomination has been unusually emotional and has unfolded just weeks ahead of November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to seize control of Congress from Republicans. He has previously said he doesn't recall the events recounted by Ford.

But he said they are not following up at all on Ramirez's account that Kavanaugh thrust his genitals in her face, forcing her to touch them without her consent, during an alcohol-fuelled party when they were students at Yale University in the mid-1980s.

Watching a sexual predator mock a survivor - and watching a crowd of people laugh with him - is too much for anyone with a conscience to ignore.

"Your vote in this election will decide which party controls the United States Senate", Trump said.

At the Capitol, Schumer said questions surrounding Kavanaugh extend beyond sexual assault and now encompass his truthfulness and judicial temperament.

In order for Republicans to confirm Kavanaugh without any Democratic support, they can only afford to lose one of these senators. The votes of Republicans Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) are not yet certain.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the chamber, said he expects the updated Federal Bureau of Investigation report to be finished soon, and then the information will be put in the judge's nomination file at the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The allegations against Kavanaugh come against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men. Flake has not said how he will vote if the nomination comes up this week. He said Kavanaugh seemed willing to "mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane" to ensure his ascension to the high court. "If we took 10 years, they'd want more time", he groused. Anything we say can or do can be twisted by women we work with.

What she has said: "It is important to have a fair process for the sake of both Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford, as well as the integrity of both the judicial branch and the Senate confirmation process".

Republican Senator Jeff Flake has condemned Donald Trump " s mockery of a woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her as "kind of appalling'.

"I want them to do a very comprehensive investigation". She also said she had seen Kavanaugh try to get girls inebriated and disoriented at multiple earlier parties so they could be raped by a " "train" of numerous boys".

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. Last summer, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg served as a guest lecturer of Loyola University's Rome Study Law Abroad Program, and Justice Neil Gorsuch travelled to Italy to teach at a program run by the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.

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