Key senators criticize Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser


Trump at his rally derided Ford over some details concerning her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, and Roberts asked why the president felt compelled to do so.

Sen. Lindsey Graham joined Sean Hannity to weigh in on the political implications of the Brett Kavanaugh controversy, warning red state Senate Democrats up for re-election in November that they're "toast" if they vote "no" on the Supreme Court nominee. 'How did you get there?' I don't remember. I have no desire to speak further publicly, and nothing more to say to the press at this time.

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

President Trump, while making his case that Kavanaugh deserves a spot on the Supreme Court, told the rally crowd in MS, "I don't even know him".

She went on to accuse the Democrats of launching a "full scale assault on" Mr Kavanaugh's integrity, calling it "a co-ordinated smear campaign".

But, he added, numerous other accusations endangering Kavanaugh's nomination amounted to "college kids acting like many college kids".

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.

This is Trump speaking to reporters outside the White House.

"A man's life is shattered", he said of Kavanaugh after making fun of Ford's testimony. When I watched Brett and his wife being interviewed on Fox News on Monday, and when I watched Brett deliver his testimony under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, I cringed. CNN's Manu Raju caught up with the retiring Republican earlier today, who arranged for the one-week delay to get the Federal Bureau of Investigation to do a supplemental background check on Brett Kavanaugh. "Where's the house? I don't know".

But he added: "I never saw him passed out but I saw him quite drunk".

At the rally, President Trump, who famously boasted once that because he was a star he could grab women by their private parts, told his followers "Think of your son".

In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Trump did not back away from his rally comments, instead attacking Kavanaugh's Democratic critics.

"That Debbie Ramirez has provided twenty names to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that those people have not been contacted according to Debbie Ramirez's lawyers".

The agency has also spoken to a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, who has claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a Yale party when both were freshmen.

The FBI is known to have interviewed Mark Judge, a boyhood friend of Judge Kavanaugh's, whom Prof Ford said was in the room when she was assaulted.

Adding to the controversy, lawyers for two of the accusers said Tuesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not interviewing witnesses and following leads that would support their allegations.

"I don't think so".

But the White House said Wednesday it was up to the GOP-controlled Senate.

Keyser's attorney, Howard Walsh, has confirmed that she was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.