Senators Spar Over FBI Probe of Kavanaugh, Trump Mocks His Accuser

Lead Jessica Schneider on FBI Kavanaugh investigation live Jake Tapper_00032403

Lead Jessica Schneider on FBI Kavanaugh investigation live Jake Tapper_00032403

At a campaign rally in MS rally on Tuesday, the audience laughed as Trump ran through a list of what he described as holes in Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The war over Kavanaugh's nomination has now descended into a lurid and toxic welter of charges and counter charges, with both sides selectively releasing documents and testimony aimed at exposing the two key principals as dishonest perjurers.

A number of Kavanaugh's classmates have publicly said he misrepresented or lied about his drinking habits when he was in school, while he testified under oath in front of the Senate.

But Ford's ex-boyfriend, whom she dated for six years, said in his statement that he witnessed Ford coach a friend, who was applying for a job with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on how to best prepare for a polygraph examination.

At the same time, a backlash to that backlash has begun brewing in conservative circles.

This follows a dramatic Senate hearing last week in which university professor Christine Blasey Ford detailed a sexual assault she says was carried out by Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, at a high school party in 1982.

President Trump, as well as his family, have raised fears about the possibility of politically motivated false accusations.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump faced allegations of sexual misconduct from 18 women ranging from walking through women's dressing rooms to unwanted kissing to touching their genitals without their consent.

Kavanaugh has denied the accusations by Ford and Ramirez and those by a third woman, Julie Swetnick, who has alleged she was victimized at a party attended by Kavanaugh friends.

Speaking from the White House lawn on Tuesday, Trump told reporters that he supported Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct.

"It's a very scary situation where you're guilty until proven innocent".

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

"How did you get there?"

"Despite these efforts, we have received no response from anyone involved in this investigation, and no response to our offer for Dr Ford to be interviewed", they said in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and General Counsel Dana Boente.

"What neighborhood was it in?" Ford said Keyser, a former professional golfer and coach, was downstairs when the alleged attack happened and was not aware of what was happening in the upstairs bedroom. I don't know! But I had one beer.

Ford said Kavanaugh tried to remove her clothes and held his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming. "A man's life is shattered", Trump continued.

The president, who days ago said Ford's testimony was "very credible", ridiculed her memory to cheers in the audience, suggesting certain details she didn't recall were evidence that she wasn't telling the truth.

"We want Kavanaugh, we want Kavanaugh", the crowd chanted. "We don't want a Supreme Court whose credibility is in doubt". "Think of your husband".

Donald Trump has done it again.

Trump said the strong economy "means more jobs for our great electrical contractors".

"That'll not be used as another reason for delay, I can tell you that", he added. That's the only thing I remember.

Moments after he addressed his concerns for young men in America, the President was asked if he had a message for young women.

Sen. Angus King, an independent who already has said he will not vote to confirm Kavanaugh, said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday that Trump's remarks made him, "feel sort of sick".

Republicans argue the Kavanaugh debate will drive enthusiasm among men and women.

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