Donald Trump's mocking of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser 'appalling', Republican senators say

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As members of the Senate begin reviewing an Federal Bureau of Investigation supplemental report on allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh, the release of that report - absent a bombshell revelation - will spur Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to schedule a series of votes to ensure that Kavanaugh is on the high court bench and hearing arguments by the time voters cast their ballots.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture, a move that edges the Senate toward a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, according to CNN.

The full Senate is preparing to weigh in on Kavanaugh's nomination with an initial vote on Friday.

Trump's mockery of Ford at a campaign rally on Tuesday night intensified political pressure on senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME as they consider how they will vote on Kavanaugh. 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.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told reporters that Mr. Trump's lampooning of Ford at a Tuesday night MS campaign rally was "just plain wrong." Sen.

Speaking at a campaign rally Tuesday night, Trump cast doubt on Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by mocking her for not knowing the answers to questions such as how she had gotten to the high school party in the 1980s where she says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, an allegation he has repeatedly denied.

The poll was based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,462 adults, conducted from September 24 to September 30 -after Kavanaugh and Ford testified before the Senate about the sexual assault allegations - and featured a 3 percent margin of error at 95 percent confidence level. She would not say if they would affect her vote. Lindsey Graham, Republican of SC, said of Trump's Tuesday night tirade. "He was number one in his class at Yale, he was number one in his law school at Yale, and then what he's gone through over the last three weeks is incredible", he said.

The FBI has finished an interview with Chris Garrett, a high school friend of Kavanaugh. I don't know! But I had one beer.

"A man's life is in tatters", he said.

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In contrast to the president's enthusiasm, a coalition of US Christian churches with 40 million worshippers has urged Mr Kavanaugh to withdraw his nomination.

McConnell had said Wednesday morning that senators supporting Kavanaugh would not be deterred from voting this week by protesters in the Senate hallways.

The investigation was carried out at the request of Senate Republicans, following two days of confirmations hearings for the judge last week. "It's worse for Judiciary Committee members, but I know Senator Collins is having a lot of trouble - she can hardly leave her home".

Mr Kavanaugh denies all allegations.

"Everything he said is factual", Graham said.

There's more: Several people who reached out to investigators to offer information said they were also left hanging.

The National Council of Churches said in a statement that he had shown "extreme partisan bias" during his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and lacked the temperament to be a Supreme Court judge.

"I'm of the view that whatever could be made public should be, but that would be well outside the normal way these things are treated", said Republican senator Roy Bunt.

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

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