In apparent change of tactics, Trump openly mocks accuser of Brett Kavanaugh

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.

The fight over Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime job on the top USA court comes against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and other lawmakers, the Senate last Friday agreed the FBI could investigate for up to a week, meaning its deadline is this Friday. This incident was first referenced in a statement made by Kavanaugh's former classmate Chad Ludington, now an associate professor of history at North Carolina State University, who said Kavanaugh was often "belligerent and aggressive" when he drank. She would not say if the remarks would affect her vote. Depending on how Republicans perform on November 6, the eyes of the nation could fall on a November 27 MS runoff in what could become an expensive and high-profile race to determine control of the Senate. Some Republicans fear that pushing ahead with confirmation would alienate women voters, while Democrats seek to capitalize.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

The latest Supreme Court session opened on Monday, with eight justices. "You could be somebody that was ideal your entire life and somebody could accuse you of something".

Trump said the Democrats are too "dangerous" to trust with power and urged his supporters to get out and vote Republican. She did not answer questions as to whether they would affect her vote for Kavanaugh before ducking into a committee hearing.

At a rally later in Southaven, Mississippi, Mr Trump mocked last week's Senate testimony by Prof Christine Blasey Ford, without mentioning her by name.

"What neighbourhood was it in?"

"'What neighbourhood was it in?' I don't know". 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs?

"I mean, right now, I'd say my sons", Trump Jr. said in the interview. "And a man's life is in tatters".

Under pressure from opposition Democrats and a handful of his own Republicans, Trump on Friday ordered a fresh FBI investigation into allegations of Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct during his youth. Aside from Flake and Collins, all eyes also are on Republican Sen.

"I tell myself, 'You give a little leeway because of what he's been through.' But on the other hand, we can't have this on the court. We simply can't", Flake said at an event hosted by The Atlantic. They plan a Senate vote on him later this week. Trump's Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin.

Senate Majority Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will hold a confirmation vote for Kavanaugh this week. Now we know why.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, walks past members of the media as she arrives at her office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Ford identified Judge as a witness to the alleged assault.

As he left the White House on Tuesday, President Donald Trump continued to voice support for Kavanaugh but told reporters it would "not be acceptable" if the Federal Bureau of Investigation demonstrated that he had lied.

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.

But Trump spent much of the rally lamenting the treatment of Kavanaugh by Democrats, whose attacks, he said, had taken their toll on the judge's family. Chuck Grassley repeated his request for notes from Ford's therapy sessions, details of her communications with The Washington Post and any recordings of her taking a lie detector test. Julie Swetnick made that assertion in a sworn statement and is represented by Michael Avenatti, who also represents adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her claim that Trump paid her for silence about an alleged 2006 affair.

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