Trump mocks woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault

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They include Mark Judge, who Ford has said was in the bedroom where, she says, a drunken Kavanaugh sexually attacked her at a 1982 high school gathering.

Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democrats' leader from NY, accused Kavanaugh of delivering a "partisan screed" during the Judiciary Committee hearing last week.

Ford's attorneys say they heard nothing from anyone at the bureau; they say it is "inconceivable" that the agency could conduct a deeper inquiry into the allegations against Kavanaugh without interviewing Ford.

Trump's comments on Tuesday were just the latest instance of the President expressing concern about the public outcry resulting from the allegations against Kavanaugh and the impact on other men.

US President Donald Trump hit back Sunday at suggestions his administration is trying to "micromanage" the FBI investigation of controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, accusing opposition Democrats of being interested only in obstruction. On Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona broke with his fellow Republicans and said that although he supported moving Kavanaugh's nomination out of the committee, he called for the FBI to investigate credible allegations against Kavanaugh.

"If a woman ever behaved that way - to me it was behavior that was not suitable for a person who would be a judge on any court, much less the Supreme Court of the United States", she said.

Other Democrats - and one key Republican, Sen.

Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii said that in addition to the allegations the conspiracy-minded accusation Kavanaugh made in last week's session makes him unfit for the top court in the land.

Her legal team provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation with a list of at least 20 people they believe may have relevant information and should be interviewed, the people said. Scrutiny has been building this week on Kavanaugh, not only because of the accusations, but because of his testimony at that hearing.

His remarks appear to contradict Mr Kavanaugh's own claims that he wasn't a heavy drinker.

"It's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of", Trump said at the White House.

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"He committed to vote for this nomination", he said.

Democrats are raising questions both about the truthfulness of Kavanaugh's sworn testimony to the Senate and whether he has the temperament for the lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

I certainly had imagined a broader, more open, more fulsome investigation this week. "There's plenty to disbelieve in what he said but, again, it's very hard to sort through this until you have the investigation, which is why we pushed so hard to make sure that took place".

Schumer said Kavanaugh seemed willing to "mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane" to ensure his confirmation.

"'Nope. It was one beer.' Oh good".

President Trump reiterated his support for Mr Kavanaugh on Tuesday, saying he believed the Senate would approve the judge.

The stakes are high because Kavanaugh's confirmation would consolidate conservative control of the Supreme Court.

Asked about that idea, Mr. Trump said he is focused on getting Judge Kavanaugh approved right now. He said he did not want the probe to become a "witch hunt" and that it should be completed quickly.

Ludington describes one instance in particular when Kavanaugh allegedly initiated a violent altercation by throwing a drink, leading to the arrest of a mutual friend.

When Trump ordered the FBI investigation last week under pressure from a handful of Senate Republicans, he set a deadline of this Friday for the probe's completion. A third woman who has accused the judge of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, Julie Swetnick, was not on the initial list of witnesses to be interviewed.