Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

White House defends Trump after he mocks Kavanaugh sex assault accuser

White House defends Trump after he mocks Kavanaugh sex assault accuser

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell followed through late Wednesday in setting up a Friday vote to limit debate on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. Their votes will likely decide whether he is confirmed.

While trying to round up votes on his side, McConnell has also taken sharp aim at Democrats, accusing them of trying to "move the goal posts" on Kavanaugh's confirmation fight by suggesting that Friday would be too soon for a key vote on him. For example, Republicans will spend an hour with the report from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. Thursday, then Democrats will have an hour with the report. She would not say if they would affect her vote. And once that report lands, few may see it: Republicans plan to lock it in a safe, restricting its distribution and making senators view the report in a secure meeting - dive into the nitty-gritty on the report, if you'd like. And because the report is confidential, they will be expected not to repeat what they learn.

The senator said he was requesting the recordings because the committee has obtained a letter that "raises specific concerns" about the reliability of Ford's polygraph test. It remains to be seen what kind of light the Federal Bureau of Investigation can shed the claims against Kavanaugh, but one thing is already clear: Many Senate Democrats won't be satisfied with the narrow scope of the probe.

With it almost in hand, Mr. McConnell filed a motion to limit the debate, setting up a filibuster vote on Friday.

Sen. Lindsey Graham defended President Donald Trump's mocking of Christine Blasey Ford, arguing that it was less degrading than how some Democrats responded to accusations against Bill Clinton.

Murkowski, on the other hand, told reporters in response that "I am taking everything into account". "You're not helping", Trump ally Sen. 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.

It is not clear what, if any, of the material will be made public.

Background checks are routine in a nominee's vetting process and are generally delivered to the Senate without much fanfare.

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

Democrats wrote to Senate judiciary committee chair Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, challenging a Tuesday tweet by Republican aides saying prior investigations never found "a whiff of ANY issue - at all - related in any way to inappropriate sexual behavior or alcohol abuse".

"The committee stands by its statement, which is completely truthful, " the committee Republicans said.

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". One of his most vociferous supporters, South Carolina Republican Sen.

"There is no time and no place for remarks like that, but to discuss something this sensitive subject at a political rally is just not right", he said on NBC's Today Show. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who has traded barbs with Mr. Trump and will retire at year's end.

"This vile, mocking attack on a credible, immensely powerfully eloquent survivor of sexual assault is a mark of disrespect and disregard not only for Dr. Blasey Ford but the entire survivor community", he told CNN's "New Day" host Alisyn Camerota.

Imitating Ford, he added, "But I had one beer - that's the only thing I remember".

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