Republican women in hot seat over Trump mocking Ford, vote looming

A third claim – from Julia Swetnick, who is represented by attorney Michael Avenatti – accuses Mr Kavanaugh of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women at parties in the early 1980s.


“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.

Several people with information related to the allegations against Kavanaugh have said they have tried in vain to speak with the FBI, which is due to wrap up its investigation this week.

Echoing Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sanders accused Democrats of seeking to sink the nomination in an attempt to keep the ninth high court seat vacant in case they win control of the Senate in November’s midterm elections.

Republicans plan a careful choreography for reviewing the results of the FBI’s background inquiry into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that includes restricting its distribution and inviting senators to a secure meeting room in the Capitol to view the report.

Democrats are raising new questions about the truthfulness of U.S. supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s sworn testimony to the U.S. senate.

Assuming the probe is finished this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to hold the vote on Friday.

The Trump era has, at times, been uncomfortable for Republican women, especially the six senators who will be asked to vote for Brett Kavanaugh’s US Supreme Court confirmation by week’s end.

GOP lawmakers expressed concern that Trump’s comments could make it harder to win over wavering colleagues whose votes will likely prove pivotal to Kavanaugh’s chances.

Christine Blasey Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, on September 27, 2018.

He also pointed to a recent poll that found that 60 percent of voters in North Dakota support Kavanaugh’s confirmation, while only 27 percent oppose.

Mukasey spoke with reporters on a call organized by Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative group that backs Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

As a young lawyer, he spent considerable time on the Kenneth Starr team investigating Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

FILE – In this February 15, 2018, photo, Sen.

Mitch McConnell on Wednesday denied a request made by Democratic Sen.

“The president’s comments were just plain wrong”, added Collins.

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.

The White House insisted Trump was merely restating facts, although Ford had conclusively said the assault happened upstairs and remembered many other details vividly. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, a member of the Judiciary Committee, seized on those comments Monday as she laced into Kavanaugh in a speech on the Senate floor. “That’s the only thing I remember”, Mr Trump mocked. ‘Where was the place?’ I don’t remember. “And I think there have been many occasions when you don’t state the facts”. ‘I don’t know.’ Where’s the house? I don’t know. I don’t know! She nevertheless refused to answer how this might impact her view, and ultimately her vote, on Kavanaugh.

Donald Trump is continuing to publicly show his support for his SCOTUS pick Brett Kavanaugh, tweeting late Wednesday night that he thinks the judge is a “fine man”.


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Trump’s insults marked a “new low”. “These are not qualities we look for in a Supreme Court justice, or a judge for that matter”.

Democrats question Kavanaugh's credibility and temperament