Pivotal GOP senators slam Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser

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He explained the "Kavanaugh bump" is real, noting that Republican Senate challengers in red states have surged against Democratic incumbents amid the Kavanaugh debate.

"There is no chance in the world that they're going to scare us out of doing our duty", he said.

United States President Donald Trump stood in front of a crowd in MS and delivered his most direct attack against Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the US President's handpicked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when young.

"I would tell him to knock it off. You're not helping", Trump ally Sen. The case is even weaker than "he-said, she-said" because it's complete uncorroborated, she added.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Trump's insults marked a "new low".

The FBI is expected to have over its report to lawmakers before they vote, but the report's findings are not meant to be made public.

"Unfortunately, this is not the first instance of Committee Majority staff mischaracterizing or selectively disclosing information regarding the allegations of sexual misconduct by Judge Kavanaugh", the letter continues.

Flake, the Judiciary Committee member who pushed to delay the vote on Kavanaugh so the FBI could investigate, later told The Washington Post that Trump's comments would not factor into his thinking on the nomination.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of IL quoted the tweet, adding that the tweet was "not accurate". The committee stands by its statement, which is completely truthful.

Almost 8 in 10 Republicans said they approve of how Trump has handled the allegations in the new poll, which was conducted before Trump mocked Ford at Tuesday night's rally. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said that ridiculing "something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right". Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. "We will not be intimated by these people". "And right now, that's sort of where our focus needs to be", said Sen.

Flake has clashed repeatedly with Trump over his behaviour and is retiring at year's end. I don't know. But I had one beer.

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Before Ms Ford began, committee chairman Chuck Grassley defended the Republicans' handling of the confirmation proceedings so far. As to whether it could give them a path to defeating Kavanaugh's nomination, "this is the best we can do right now", she said.

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When she spoke before the Senate committee last Thursday, Prof Ford recalled that the house where the alleged assault took place was in the Chevy Chase-Bethesda area in the Washington DC suburbs.

There are plenty of Trump nominations for the coming weeks, however.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that "the president is pointing out factual inconsistencies".

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., a Judiciary Committee member, said it would be ideal to make public as much information as possible, allowing for redactions of private or compromising information.

President Donald Trump kisses Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, after introducing her at a rally.

Both Kavanaugh and Judge have denied the allegations made against them.

In a separate statement on Twitter, John Clune, who represents another accuser, Deborah Ramirez, said Federal Bureau of Investigation agents interviewed her on Sunday and accepted a list of more than 20 witnesses who can support her allegations. "We are profoundly disappointed that after the tremendous sacrifice she made in coming forward, those directing the FBI investigation were not interested in seeking the truth". But background checks do not traditionally contain investigators' conclusions about who they believe is credible.

The president seemed to suggest she did not know on what floor of the property the alleged attack had occurred, but Prof Ford told senators she remembered being pushed into a bedroom on the upstairs level. Ms Ramirez claimed Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they both attended Yale University.

Susan Collins said they were "just plain wrong", and Alaska Sen.

In an interview, No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of IL said McConnell was "hell-bent on getting this done" this week. He cited the example of how the FBI's findings were handled when it investigated accusations of sexual harassment by Anita Hill against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.

A defiant Kavanaugh came out with guns blazing, insisting the assault never happened, accusing Democrats of destroying his reputation and condemning his confirmation battle as a "national disgrace".