White House defends Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser

Geneva Stokes
October 4, 2018

Chairman Chuck Grassley announced early Thursday morning that the Senate Judiciary Committee has received the Federal Bureau of Investigation report on allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

If Kavanaugh clears Friday's procedural hurdle, that would set up a final confirmation vote as early as Saturday.

The Senate's Republican leaders are planning a vote on Mr Kavanaugh this week.

McConnell, R-Ky., claimed on the Senate floor that the protesters were "part of the organized effort" to derail Kavanaugh's nomination and said, "There is no chance in the world that they're going to scare us out of doing our duty".

Senators had delayed the vote so the FBI could run a background investigation into into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee. There are three key Republican members to watch, those who forced a one-week delay in order for the FBI to carry out the latest background investigation in the first place: Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski, and Susan Collins.

About two hours after Flake's appearance, Collins also took exception to Trump's remarks, telling reporters, "The president's comments were just plain wrong".

In a statement on Wednesday night, after Mr. McConnell set the vote in motion, Dr. Ford's counsel wrote: "An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony can not be called an investigation".

At a political rally in Mississippi Tuesday night, Trump mimicked Ford's responses at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week at which she recounted Kavanaugh's alleged attack on her when both were in high school.

Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, has accused Mr Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her during a drinking game when they were students at Yale University in the 1980s.

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a tweet that people can "decide who to believe" but everyone should stop the "personal attacks" against Ford, Kavanaugh and their families.

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You could be somebody that was flawless your entire life, and somebody could accuse you of something. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) denied that in a Senate floor speech Tuesday.

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He did not attack Christine Blasey Ford , who offered a stark description of her alleged assault last week before Congress. McConnell says accusations against Kavanaugh of sexual abuse in the 1980s have been uncorroborated and are unbelievable.

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They forced the White House to open a supplemental background investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against the judge. McConnell of Kentucky said Kavanaugh was "rightfully angry" after Thursday's raucous Judiciary Committee hearing.

However, lawyers for his first accuser, Prof Ford, said that she had not been contacted by the agency.

A recent Quinnipiac poll put Kavanaugh's support at 84 percent among Republicans, including 86 percent among GOP women.

"I don't have all the answers, and I don't remember as much as I would like to", she said. However, investigators did not speak with Kavanaugh or Ford. "Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?"

Graham said he did not approve of Trump's comments on Tuesday, but that it could have been worse.

And speaking at an event hosted by The Atlantic magazine, Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said he "didn't particularly like" the president's remarks, adding, "I would tell him, knock it off". (According to the report, Kavanaguh "did not want to say if he threw the ice or not.") UB40 have now responded to the news saying the band, like most people, wants nothing to do with this Brett Kavanaugh mess. With Republicans clinging to a razor-thin 51-49 majority and five senators - including three Republicans - still vacillating, the conservative jurist's prospects of Senate confirmation remained murky and highly dependent on the file's contents, which are supposed to be kept secret. "'I don't know, but I had one beer!'"

The Senate Judiciary Committee expected to receive the report from the FBI Wednesday evening.

The senator said he is requesting the recordings because the committee has obtained a letter that "raises specific concerns" about the reliability of Ford's polygraph test. 'I don't remember.' How'd you get there?

Trump said Kavanaugh has been treated horribly. He has vehemently denied all the accusations.

"While we are limited in what we can say about this background investigation in a public setting, we are compelled to state for the record that there is information [in the tweet] that is not accurate", the Democrats wrote in their letter, without providing details.

Julie Swetnick, who implicated Kavanaugh in a pattern of sexual assaults, was also not interviewed.

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