Watch Lindsey Graham Get Booed for Defending Brett Kavanaugh

Minnie Murray
October 4, 2018

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US President Donald Trump drew strong criticism from both Republicans and Democrats after mocking Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexually assaulting her decades ago.

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers say they'll turn over notes from her therapy sessions and any recordings of her taking a lie detector test to the FBI, if the bureau agrees to interview her.

As Senate Republican leaders marched towards a final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, perhaps over the weekend, the three Republicans who could be key to whether Kavanaugh is confirmed, criticized Trump for his remarks about Ford at a political rally in MS on Tuesday night.

But Republican moderates such as Flake, Collins and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have said their vote will be determined by the outcome of the week-long FBI investigation.

But those disputing her testimony say there are countless holes in her story and that her account of the alleged attack by Mr Kavanaugh and a friend, Mark Judge, at a high school party, is not credible.

Asked if Trump was anxious that his comments would jeopardise votes from swing Republican senators, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: "I don't think so". 'Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?' I don't know.

" 'I had one beer!' Right?" he said to supporters at the rally as they cheered and laughed. 'I don't remember.' Where is the place?

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Trump's insults of Ford marked a "new low". "Before I start jumping in, let me just read what they have and we'll go from there".

Later Wednesday morning, Collins similarly told reporters that "the president's comments were just plain wrong".

'I don't even know him. "The President's comments yesterday mocking Dr Ford were wholly inappropriate and, in my view, unacceptable". Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations.


More than 1,000 law professors have signed onto a letter saying that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial restraint at a Senate hearing last week, behavior that would be disqualifying for any court nominee.

Trump ordered the FBI investigation last Friday, limiting its duration to no more than a week.

While some senators from both parties have said they'd like at least a summary of the findings to be released, Senate procedures call for such checks to be kept confidential and it's unclear what will be released, other than through leaks.

Lawmakers said that once the Federal Bureau of Investigation report arrived, senators and a small number of top aides would be allowed to read it in a secure room in the Capitol complex. With Republicans defending majorities in the House and Senate next month, officials cast Trump's visit as an attempt to get ahead of a potentially perilous situation.

But McConnell, who has fervently supported Kavanaugh from the beginning, vowed that, despite Democrats' complaints, the Senate will vote by the end of the week.

"Sometimes people are accused of something they didn't do", Graham said.

Opposition among Americans to Kavanaugh has increased since last week's hearing, Reuters/Ipsos polling data showed on Wednesday.

"The president was stating the facts", Sanders said.

A defiant Kavanaugh came out with guns blazing, insisting the assault never happened, accusing Democrats of destroying his reputation and condemning his confirmation battle as a "national disgrace".

Amid McConnell's remarks Wednesday night, Trump tweeted that there was "such enthusiasm and energy for Judge Brett Kavanaugh". By Ford's own testimony, there are gaps in her memory.

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