Base President: Trump Mocks, and Lies About, Christine Blasey Ford's Testimony

Geneva Stokes
October 3, 2018

" 'What neighborhood was it in?' 'I don't know.' 'Where's the house?' 'I don't know.' 'Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?' 'I don't know". Flake has said Kavanaugh's nomination would end if the FBI investigation found he had lied in his Senate testimony.

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake says President Donald Trump's mocking of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, was "not right" and "kind of appalling".

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said Friday would be too soon.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump told electrical contractors gathered in Philadelphia that his economic policies would translate into more jobs for their ranks as he highlighted a new trade deal among the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Flake, who pushed for a delay for the FBI to investigate the assault allegations, said he was keeping an open mind on the nomination. "Many decades ago the IRS reviewed and signed off on these transactions", Sanders said in the statement, which did not cite any specifics of the report.

"If a woman ever behaved that way - to me it was behavior that was not suitable for a person who would be a judge on any court, much less the Supreme Court of the United States", she said. And I think the country needs to be behind it and we need a more bipartisan process. Kavanaugh angrily denied the charges hours later and accused Democrats of orchestrating a "political hit" against him.

They include Mark Judge, who Ford has said was in the bedroom where, she says, a drunken Kavanaugh sexually attacked her at a 1982 high school gathering. Because of procedural steps, a final confirmation vote was unlikely until late in the week, perhaps over the weekend.

Demand Justice, a new group focused on fighting efforts to tilt the USA judiciary to the right, said it was spending $120,000 to air a television ad in Washington, Alaska, Maine and the San Francisco area, where Ford lives.

Trump, while making his case that Kavanaugh deserves a spot on the Supreme Court, told the rally crowd in MS, "I don't even know him".

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Like many Americans, employees at the White House were riveted on the testimony of Kavanaugh and Ford throughout the day. Ford's attorneys told the panel that they paid for the polygraph, and that they were representing her pro bono.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from September 23, just a week after the allegations were known, showed interest in the election among white men at 64 percent, higher than in 2010 when Republicans retook the House and 2014 when the GOP took control of the Senate. When Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, asked Ford what she could not forget about the assault, she replied: "Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter - the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense".

FILE - In this September 4, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, listens to Sen.

With the midterm elections just weeks away, Republicans risk losing the House and possibly the Senate as they face an energized Democratic party - particularly educated, suburban women and minorities - and a wave of GOP retirements, as well as the president's sagging approval ratings and the tide of controversy around his White House.

Trump's comments echoed remarks his son Donald Trump Jr. made in an interview with the Daily Mail on Monday, when he was asked if he is more afraid for his sons or his daughters in the wake of the reaction to the allegations against Kavanaugh.

Schumer said Kavanaugh seemed willing to "mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane" to ensure his confirmation.

Flake has said he will vote for Kavanaugh, while Murkowski and Collins have not announced what they'll do. Think of your husband, ' Trump said.

Democrats, McConnell said, "will not be satisfied unless they have brought down Judge Kavanaugh's nomination".

Flake added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation didn't need to speak to Ford herself, given she gave the Senate Judiciary Committee testimony, but that he hoped they could follow up on all leads. "It doesn't necessarily have to be a woman", Trump said. They said it was "inconceivable" a probe could be completed without her input. "But I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out", he said.

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