Kavanaugh investigation: FBI 'hasn't spoken to Christine Blasey Ford'

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Prof Ford has testified that Mr Kavanaugh assaulted her as a teenager. The audience in Southaven laughed as Trump mimicked Ford answering questions on her alleged sexual assault.

"I think that Judge Kavanaugh is doing pretty well, it seems to me, over the last 24 hours", Trump said.

In Bob Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House", the author quotes Trump telling a friend about his strategy in cases involving sexual accusations: "You've got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women". I don't remember. How'd you get there? I don't remember. Where is the place? 'I don't remember.' How many years ago was it? I don't know. Where's the house? 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs?

Mr Trump's remarks came as he reiterated his support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is now facing sexual misconduct allegations by several women.

Speaking under oath before the Senate committee, Kavanaugh denied any drinking problem and denied bragging about sexual conquests in a high school yearbook entry.

Democrats are raising questions both about the truthfulness of Kavanaugh's sworn testimony to the Senate and whether he has the temperament for the lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. Flake is a key GOP vote in the confirmation battle, and while he said last week he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, he also called for an expanded FBI investigation that resulted in a one-week delay.

"The trauma for a man that's never had any accusation - he's never had a bad statement about him", Trump said, sympathizing with Kavanaugh's experience. "I wish he hadn't had done it", Sen.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, with Vice President Mike Pence a potential tie-breaking vote, meaning they can only lose one vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

The activists behind the protests said they planned to keep up the effort as the FBI investigates accusations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh when he was in high school and college.

Leaning: Collins' signal that she was comfortable Kavanaugh wouldn't overturn Roe vs. Wade appeared to be a sign that she was going to vote for him.

Kavanaugh accuser 'ready to tell her truth' to senators, longtime friend says
Hanafin said that when he first met Ford, she was nervous, like most people who take polygraphs are. I denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who sits on the Judiciary Committee and is a frequent Trump critic, slammed Trump for the remark.

The attack quickly drew scorn from critics, who said such taunts were part of the reason survivors of sexual assault are afraid to go public.

During the hearing, Kavanaugh acknowledged sometimes drinking too many beers in high school but said he did not have a problem with alcohol and never forgot his behavior - characterizations that have been questioned in news reports by some former classmates.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump praised Kavanaugh as "an outstanding person" who has been "very brutally treated", and lamented what he described as an unfair playing field for men in the #MeToo era.

Asked at that news conference about the message being sent to young women, Trump focused on women's complaints about how Kavanaugh has been treated through his confirmation process.

Trump told reporters on Tuesday he thought the conservative federal appeals court judge would win Senate confirmation once the FBI finishes its investigation.

The White House defended Trump's remarks.

'Guilty until proven innocent, that's very unsafe for our country, ' Trump said of Ford's testimony last week that Kavanaugh attempted to hold her down and remove her clothes in 1982, when they were both in high school.

Ford's legal team told Fox News that Ford stands by her testimony. McConnell has said the Senate will be voting on Kavanaugh this week.

On Sunday, CNN reported that two Republican sources familiar with the matter have said that the hope is that when investigators sit down with Judge, they will ask him not only about Ford's allegations, but also about those made by Julie Swetnick.