Republicans deplore Trump mocking Brett Kavanaugh accuser

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest and march against the U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in New York City. Reuters

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest and march against the U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in New York City. Reuters

Speaking at a press briefing at the White House, Sanders argued that Trump was not making fun of the California psychology professor, who alleged that as a teenager Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh held her down, put his hand over her mouth and tried to remove her clothing.

Two other women also accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

The judge has vehemently denied all allegations against him.

Flake was instrumental last Friday in getting Trump to order an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge nominated by Trump for a lifetime job on the top us court.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already scheduled a vote to confirm Kavanaugh Friday.

McConnell said the FBI would deliver to the Senate the results of its investigation into claims that Kavanaugh sexually abused women.

Trump ordered the FBI to reopen the investigation into Kavanaugh last week after a dramatic last-minute demand by Senator Flake during the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote on the nominee.

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"We regret that we feel compelled to write to you to provide our views that at the Senate hearings on Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land", the letter reads.

But last week he took the gloves off, ripping into Democrats for what he called "a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fuelled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election" and "revenge on behalf of the Clintons." Sen. The Senate is likely to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation by the end of the week. Two Republican votes against Kavanaugh's confirmation sinks it if every Democrat votes no.

President Donald Trump is pictured gesturing as he speaks during a rally in Southaven, Mississippi.

Senator Susan Collins of ME, another closely-watched Republican vote, also rebuked Trump for going after Ford, telling reporters on Capitol Hill: "The president's comments were just plain wrong".

FILE - In this February 15, 2018, photo, Sen. Jeff Flake and Susan Collins pointedly rebuking the President. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left, are shown during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington.

Senator Collins - who is yet to reveal public how she will vote on Mr Kavanaugh's appointment -told reporters that "the President's comments were just plain wrong".

Graham doubled down on his recommendation that Trump renominate Kavanaugh if the Senate fails to confirm him, which the SC senator said would turn November's midterms into a referendum on the vacant Supreme Court seat.

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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.

" 'I had one beer!' Right?" he said to supporters at the rally as they cheered and laughed.

"How did you get home?"

And Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine who caucuses with Democrats, said on CNN's "New Day" that Trump's comments "made me feel sort of sick". I don't remember. Where is the place? 'How many years ago was it?' I don't know. 'Where's the house?' I don't know. 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs, where was it? She said Ford has "been treated like a Faberge egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president", and said Trump was merely "pointing out factual inconsistencies".

He went on to say: "A man's life is in tatters".

Democrats were in near unanimity against Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge. The judge has taught "The Supreme Court Since 2005" course at Harvard Law School since 2009. "These are not qualities we look for in a Supreme Court justice, or a judge for that matter".

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