Senate inquisitor gives Republicans tools to unpick Christine Blasey Ford assault claims

Lawyer: FBI has completed Mark Judge interview

Although the FBI has yet to conclude its investigation, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed Tuesday that a vote will happen on Kavanaugh's nomination this week regardless of what the FBI finds.

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat of NY, fired back in remarks after McConnell, saying the weeklong delay to the let the FBI investigate came at the request of Republican senators who weren't prepared to vote for Kavanaugh's nomination.

Mr McConnell said: "The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close".

Cory Booker, D-N.J., at right, pauses as they speak to reporters about the political battle for confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Feeding the anxiety was an unusually beefy presence of the U.S. Capitol Police, who were keeping demonstrators and frequently reporters at arm's length by forming wedges around lawmakers walking through corridors.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, blasted the president's mockery of Ford as "reprehensible, beneath the office of the presidency, and beneath common decency from one person to another".

"They just want to get the basic facts".

Lindsey Graham Wednesday chided President Donald Trump for mocking the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

Kavanaugh has also not been helped by the emergence of former Yale classmates who have accused him of lying to the committee about his college drinking habits when he told the panel that he "did not drink beer to the point of blacking out". "You're not helping", Trump ally Sen.

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was merely stating the facts of the case and remains confident in his nominee.

Officials were expected to be sending the Federal Bureau of Investigation report to the Senate Judiciary Committee later Wednesday.

The Democrats said the information in the tweet is "not accurate, " urging the GOP to correct it.

Flake says Trump's mocking of Ford 'appalling'
What were key takeaways from Senate hearing on Kavanaugh accusations? "I don't know how she knew she had one beer", he said. Cindy Hyde Smith (R-Miss.) at a Make America Great Again rally in Southaven, Miss., on October 2, 2018.

As he flew aboard Air Force One to the MS rally, Trump was enraged by New York Times articles about Kavanaugh's high school and college years and alleging tax avoidance efforts by the president and his family, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Mr Flake said on USA television: "There's no time and no place for remarks like that, that discuss something this sensitive at a political rally". Lisa Murkowski, Joe Manchin, and Heidi Heitkamp. "We will not be intimated by these people".

Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, the vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, told Business Insider that lawmakers understood the need to get over tense moments. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who has traded barbs with Trump and will retire at year's end. He had previously called Ford a "very credible witness", while continuing to back Kavanaugh. "I had one beer - that's the only thing I remember", he stated inaccurately.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gives her opening statement at the US Senate Judiciary Committee.

There are plenty of Trump nominations for the coming weeks, however.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway made a similar argument earlier in the day, saying that Ford had "been treated like a Faberge egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president" and that Trump was "pointing out factual inconsistencies".

"There's clearly a reason for that and I assume the administration doesn't want members of Congress and the public to see it", Durbin said.

Women were far more likely than men in the poll to oppose Kavanaugh, 55 percent to 40 percent.

Both Kavanaugh and Judge have denied the allegations made against them. The FBI also talked to two other friends of Kavanaugh's who were listed as attending a gathering during the same summer that Ford alleged she was assaulted: Chris Garrett, who went out with Ford for a time, and Tim Gaudette. By Ford's own testimony, there are gaps in her memory.

In an interview, No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of IL said McConnell was "hell-bent on getting this done" this week.

Democrats also demanded that the FBI privately brief the Senate about the investigation before the chamber votes.

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