White House defends Trump after he mocks Kavanaugh sex assault accuser

White House defends Trump after he mocks Kavanaugh sex assault accuser

White House defends Trump after he mocks Kavanaugh sex assault accuser

On Wednesday night, McConnell filed cloture, calling for a vote to end debate on Kavanaugh on Friday, with a final vote possible as soon as Saturday, if Republicans clear the procedural hurdle. A showdown rollcall over confirmation seemed likely over the weekend.

Controversy surrounding the Kavanaugh nomination ahead of November mid-term elections, in which Republicans are facing an uphill battle to keep control of Congress, is threatening to derail Trump's push to get a conservative majority on the Supreme Court before the vote.

"Although we do not know the status of the investigation, we are not aware of the FBI affirmatively reaching out to any of those witnesses", Clune said. In the meantime, senators and a small number of top aides would be allowed to read the papers in a secure room in the Capitol complex.

Sahil Kapur, national political reporter for Bloomberg Politics. Feeding the anxiety was an unusually beefy presence of the U.S. Capitol Police, who were keeping demonstrators and frequently reporters at arm's length by forming wedges around lawmakers walking through corridors.

Speaking on the Senate floor on Wednesday, McConnell again took aim at Kavanaugh opponents.

"They just want to get the basic facts".

Donald Trump has been sharply condemned for mocking Dr Christine Blasey Ford - the woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault - with two key Republicans who could determine if the federal judge is confirmed to the USA supreme court calling the comments "appalling" and "just plain wrong".

"So President Trump went through a factual rendition that I didn't particularly like and I would tell him "knock it off. You're not helping", Trump ally Sen". The man said he was not that person and told them to stop looking at him. Now the New York Department of Taxation is "vigorously pursuing" a review of the Trumps' activities.

And despite the reports imminent delivery to the Hill, Democrats continue to raise objections about its credibility - specifically in the absence of Ford and Kavanaugh interviews.

"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.

Officials were expected to be sending the Federal Bureau of Investigation report to the Senate Judiciary Committee later Wednesday.

"The committee stands by its statement, which is completely truthful, " the committee Republicans said.

Meanwhile, President Trump, who had been somewhat restrained in his comments about all this, shifted course Tuesday at a political rally in MS, where he mocked Ford.

"There's no time and no place for remarks like that", Flake said in an interview with NBC News early Wednesday.

"If there are demonstrable lies ... and if he misled the committee in that way, then that's something that is not right and shouldn't happen", he said.

Following Ford's testimony last Thursday, Trump called her a "very credible witness".

"I had one beer, right?"

White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway also defended the president.

While discussing his adolescent behavior, Obama said, "I was a thug for a big part of my growing up", adding that he was "mischievous".

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was accused of throwing ice at a man during an altercation at a bar while in college, it has emerged. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's accusation as well as allegations by two other women, all dating from the 1980s.

West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito - like Ford, a graduate of the Holton-Arms School - has said she supports Kavanaugh.

Reports say the FBI has completed its latest investigation into allegations Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at a party when they were in high school. "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".

However, Reuters reports that several witnesses who say they have information about the case have tried and failed to speak with FBI investigators. Lawyers for PJ Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser, who Ford says were at the house at the time of her attack, said their clients are cooperating with authorities.

Ramirez has said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they both attended Yale University.

Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski were among lawmakers who objected to Trump's comments about Ford's testimony on the alleged assault.

In an interview, No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of IL said McConnell was "hell-bent on getting this done" this week.

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