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Ford's lawyers blast FBI's Kavanaugh probe as 'stain' on justice

05 October 2018

Trump's mockery of Ford at a campaign rally on Tuesday night intensified political pressure on senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME as they consider how they will vote on Kavanaugh. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., admitted in a recent interview.

Swing Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona - like other Republicans - said it contained "no additional corroborating information".

"I want to make it clear to these people who are chasing my members around the hall here, or harassing them at the airports, or going to their homes", McConnell said Wednesday. He said the president owed Ford an immediate apology.

One Democratic senator facing a tough re-election in North Dakota, a state President Donald Trump won handily in 2016, announced she's against Kavanaugh.

"I thought it was obviously insensitive and appalling, frankly".

There's no time and no place for remarks like that.

"I don't like what the president said last night", he said.

Kavanaugh and California professor Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27 after Ford accused the nominee of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school. Trump said before a gathering of supporters, echoing one point Ford did recall. Kavanaugh not been questioned either, Feinstein said.

"It took tremendous courage for Dr. Ford to come forward".

Flake, Collins and Murkowski are facing fierce pressure from their left and right over their reservations about Kavanaugh.

The eyes of the polarized nation are riveted on three Republican and one Democratic senator who aren't saying, so far, whether they are ayes or nays on the politically fateful question of whether Brett Kavanaugh should sit on the Supreme Court.

The battling commenced as the conservative jurist's prospects for winning Senate confirmation remained at the mercy of five undeclared senators, including the three Republicans, with an initial, critical vote looming Friday.

Senators have been told not to reveal what the report says, but it remains to be seen whether that secrecy will hold. As the women yelled at him from the hallway, Hatch waved and told them to "grow up" as he entered an elevator surrounded by aides. "You're not helping", Graham said during an on-stage interview at The Atlantic Ideas Festival, which was broadcast on C-SPAN.

Senators received the 46-page report Thursday after it was delivered to the White House at 2:30 a.m. And a third women, Julie Swetnick, has said she was raped at a party that Kavanaugh attended with his boyhood friend Mark Judge. "He's pointing out factual inconsistencies".

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews were to focus on sexual assault allegations, Democrats have also questioned Kavanaugh's drinking habits during high school and college and dishonest comments they say he has made about his background.

"The Senate set the scope of the investigation", as White House spokesman Raj Shah told reporters on Thursday.

"This is what democracy looks like!" protesters shouted outside the Supreme Court, voicing their opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court but somehow speaking for everyone on every side on a day of passion, chaos and outcome. Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who sits on the Judiciary Committee and is a frequent Trump critic, slammed Trump for the remark.

While not the most artful in delivery, the president went after Ford, whose allegation lacks evidence, corroborating witnesses, and key details.

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".

Ford's lawyers blast FBI's Kavanaugh probe as 'stain' on justice