Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford

On Tuesday, Mr Flake said he was "very troubled" by the tenor of Judge Kavanaugh's "partisan" testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

"Guilty until proven innocent, that's very unsafe for our country", Trump said. "This is a very, very - this is a very hard time".

Christine Blasey Ford during a campaign rally in MS, just days after calling her a "very credible witness".

The ex-boyfriend also said in his statement that during their six-year-long romantic relationship, Ford never mentioned the alleged assault against her, Brett Kavanaugh, or a fear of flying. "I don't remember", Trump said, mocking Ford's answers during last week's hearing. But I had one beer. How she got home, how she got there.

McConnell told reporters Tuesday that "I can tell you with certainty" that the Federal Bureau of Investigation report will be finished and the Senate will vote this week, though he didn't specify when. I don't remember. Where was the place?

During her sworn testimony, Ford told the senate that she was afraid of flying, small spaces and buildings with only one exit - trauma that she attributed to her alleged assault some 30 years ago. "I don't know. I don't know".

Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of OR is asking a federal judge to step in and order the release of more than 100,000 documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Lee is co-author of a letter by mental health professionals warning Kavanaugh's behavior is consistent with someone struggling with an alcohol problem.

He raised questions about the drinking habits of Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy in an attempt to turn the tables on Democrats who have gone after Kavanaugh's beer drinking.

"Despite these efforts, we have received no response from anyone involved in this investigation, and no response to our offer for Dr Ford to be interviewed", they said in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and General Counsel Dana Boente.

He told supporters in the town of Southhaven on Tuesday night that his political opponents had been "trying to destroy Judge Kavanaugh since the very first second he was announced".

GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Jeff Flake are the other key senators.

Mr Flake of Arizona is a closely watched swing vote as Republicans can potentially only afford one defection if they are to confirm their nominee.

McConnell in a floor speech Wednesday says the Senate will vote on Kavanaugh's nomination this week. I don't know. I don't know.

Last week, the Senate judiciary committee voted along party lines to advance Kavanaugh's nomination for the consideration of the full chamber. "The other problem is for the people that are real victims of these things, when it is so obviously political in cases like this, I think it diminishes the real claims". People also slammed him for his insensitivity.

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons said after speaking with White House counsel Don McGahn over the weekend he remained "very concerned" the FBI's probe would be too narrow.

"Never", Ford responded, adding that she was fearful of the test itself.

Republican officials and the White House expect Hyde-Smith's race to go to a runoff under the state's election rules that force a showdown between the top two finishers if no candidate wins at least 50 percent of the vote on November 6. Ford and her attorneys have thus far refused to provide all polygraph-related documents and media to the Senate for review.

The allegations against Kavanaugh - including sexual assault and exposing himself to a young woman in college - have sparked the latest reckoning in America about sexual assault and men's treatment of women, bringing the #MeToo movement back to the fore.

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