Key U.S. senators criticise Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser
04 October, 2018, 01:08 | Author: Andrea Terry
He reiterated his earlier claims Tuesday that nowadays you are "guilty until proven innocent", and stepped up his line of argument that men are under attack in America, without mentioning survivors of sexual assault.
Mr Trump was speaking to reporters at the White House. His daughters who are attractive, incredible young kids - they destroy people, they want to destroy people.
The lawyers' concerns emerged amid reports that the FBI could wind up its investigation well before the deadline of this Friday.
It's not now clear whether the Republican leadership has secured enough votes to ensure Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation.
The nomination has become a politically explosive issue just weeks before November 6 elections, when control of Congress is at stake. Some Republicans fear that pushing ahead with confirmation could alienate women voters, while Democrats seek to capitalize.
■New questions are being raised by Democrats about whether, sexual misconduct allegations aside, Kavanaugh has been truthful about his drinking, and has showed the proper temperament to be a judge on the nation's highest court.
The latest Supreme Court session opened on Monday, with eight justices.
"You could be somebody that was flawless your entire life and somebody could accuse you of something - doesn't necessarily have to be a woman - but somebody could accuse you of something and you're automatically guilty".
"Hopefully, they'll have a vote by the end of the week and it will be a positive vote, but it will be dependent on what comes back from the FBI", Trump said.
The rising frustration came as the Kavanaugh confirmation process played out before the country, with Kavanaugh and Ford appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week to discuss her accusation.
"What neighbourhood was it in?" I don't know. Where's the house? I don't know. I don't know. But I had one beer.
The audience laughed as the president said: "Thirty-six years ago this happened: I had one beer! His credibility is in real doubt - doubt enough for a lot of Americans to say this man should not be on the Supreme Court".
Kavanaugh has denied the accusations by Ford and Ramirez and those by a third woman, Julie Swetnick, who has alleged she was victimized at a party attended by Kavanaugh friends. One of them is Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was greeted by hundreds of liberal protesters, victims of sexual assault among them, during an appearance Monday in Boston. I have it myself all the time. "We simply can't", Flake, who is retiring as a senator in January, said at an event in Washington.
And on Tuesday, Schumer called for a briefing by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the full Senate before a vote on whether to move Kavanaugh's nomination forward.
The 100-person Senate is controlled by the Republicans (51-49) but as the midterms are approaching, it may not stay that way for long.
A spokesman for McConnell noted that the agreement with Flake and other swing senators was to have a procedural vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation by Friday, so the majority leader would have to take steps to tee up that vote on Wednesday.
■The stories about the expansion of the investigation broke after Trump said at a midday news conference on Monday that he wanted the FBI probe "to be comprehensive, whatever that means, according to the senators and the Republicans and the Republican majority". McConnell has said the Senate will be voting on Kavanaugh this week.
Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, a Republican member of the Judiciary Committee, said Kavanaugh has only been responding to Democratic attacks.
Judge has said that he has no memory of the alleged incident and never saw Kavanaugh behave like that.
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On Wednesday, President Trump claimed a concerted effort by Democrats to drum up sexual-misconduct charges against Kavanaugh . She continued: "I wouldn't characterize him as not friendly - he was just nervous and not really wanting to speak with me".
Media captionPresident Trump: " The second accuser doesn't even know, she thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not". The agreement for Ford to testify came just hours before the New Yorker magazine published the Ramirez article.
Richard Blumenthal of CT , who sits on the Judiciary Committee and is a frequent Trump critic, slammed Trump for the remark. President Trump reiterated his support for Mr Kavanaugh on Tuesday, saying he believed the Senate would approve the judge .
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As for the hearing with Ford on Thursday, Hill wasn't too optimistic it would be an improvement from her own hearing in 1991. Swetnick, in an interview on MSNBC , said she had not planned to air her allegations one day before the hearing.
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The report says 21-year-old Dom Cozzolino told police that Kavanaugh threw ice at him for "some unknown reason". I was with Brett frequently in college, whether it be in the gym, in class or socializing.
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Still, in the memo released late Sunday, she wrote , "the world in which I work is the legal world, not the political world". But he also wants the FBI to investigate the charges from Christine Blasey Ford and as many as two other accusers.
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If he will not, at the very least, the hearing and vote should be postponed while the FBI investigates all of these allegations. She said she was able to escape, and she described the episode to a therapist in 2013 as a "rape attempt".