Refraining from drinking one of my only good traits: Donald Trump

Refraining from drinking one of my only good traits: Donald Trump

Refraining from drinking one of my only good traits: Donald Trump

Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell interrogated U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his sexual assault accuser Christine Blasey Ford in their September 27 hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday afternoon suggested it would "not be acceptable" if his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh were found to have lied to Congress.

Trump, who himself has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women and who was once caught on tape boasting that he could kiss women and grab them by their genitals because "when you're a star, they let you do it", said the issue went beyond Kavanaugh's case.

"That, to me, would be unacceptable", the president said of his nominee.

"How did you get there?" I don't know remember. "'I don't remember, '" Trump said, mocking Ford's voice. 'How many years ago was it?' I don't know. 'I don't know.' What neighborhood was it?

Kavanaugh and Judge have denied the accusations.

President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing from the White House en route to speak with electrical workers in Philadelphia, Penn. "That is a very, very hard standard", Trump said outside the White House before leaving on a visit to Philadelphia. He concluded by lamenting that Kavanaugh's life was "shattered".

New Haven Police Officer David Hartman speaks to reporters, October 2, 2018, in New Haven, Conn., about a 1985 police report involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "It's a very scary situation where you're guilty until proven innocent". Kavanaugh has steadfastly denied all allegations against him, describing them as attacks by Democrats to derail his nomination.

Trump also said he was surprised Kavanaugh has been so open about his beer drinking, one area Democrats are planning to focus on as they question whether the nominee was fully truthful in his testimony before the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed again on Tuesday to vote on the nomination by the end of the week, insisting that the results of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry be kept private, for senators only to see.

But he said they are not following up at all on Ramirez's account that Kavanaugh thrust his genitals in her face, forcing her to touch them without her consent, during an alcohol-fuelled party when they were students at Yale University in the mid-1980s.

Trump meanwhile said the White House would not restrict the new Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, requested by senators before they take a final vote on Kavanaugh.

The fight over Kavanaugh's nomination has been unusually emotional and has unfolded just weeks ahead of November 6 elections in which Democrats are trying to seize control of Congress from Republicans.

He imitated Ford responding with "I don't know", and "I don't remember", to questions about her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago.

"She's always had my back", Trump said.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Mr Trump said: "My whole life I've heard, "you're innocent until proven guilty", but now you're guilty until proven innocent".

"I don't think the point of this investigation was to gather facts", he said Monday.

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