GOP Sen. Jeff Flake criticizes Trump's 'appalling' mockery of Christine Blasey Ford

Oct 04, 2018, 01:03
GOP Sen. Jeff Flake criticizes Trump's 'appalling' mockery of Christine Blasey Ford

President Donald Trump's mockery of Christine Blasey Ford sparked an immediate backlash Wednesday among two critical Republican swing votes on the nomination of Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh, with Sens.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was involved in an altercation at a bar when he was an undergraduate student at Yale and was accused of throwing ice on another patron, according to a police report obtained by The New York Times. "'I don't remember, '" Trump said at the rally Tuesday in Southaven. It's where Steve Doocy once told Trump he was glad they were friends, and where Brian Kilmeade remarked that Trump looked very "big" on TV.

Imitating her, he said: "But I had one beer - that's the only thing I remember".

"With that being said, I'd like it to go quickly ..."

Sanders defended Trump's criticism of Ford's accusations and blasted the Democrats for not finding a way to confidentially share Ford's initial allegation to Republicans on the Judiciary Committee.

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While much of the media panned his remarks as mockery of Ford, former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer countered, saying Trump simply "pointed out numerous inconsistencies in her account". "And a man's life is in tatters".

Writing to the FBI, attorneys for Professor Christine Blasey Ford said it was "inconceivable" that the agency could conduct a thorough investigation without interviewing her.

Chad Ludington, a former classmate of Kavanaugh's, has said Kavanaugh did not tell the truth about his drinking in his testimony Thursday to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Jeff Flake, who first forced a second round of hearings with Judge Kavanaugh, then forced a delay in the floor vote to give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a chance to investigate.

"I don't know what Brett was doing in the melee, but there was blood, there was glass, there was beer and there was some shouting, and then the police showed up", Ludington added. Flake added, "I wish he hadn't done it".

Flake, whose reservations about Kavanaugh led to Trump requesting a supplemental background check on his nominee last week, also condemned the President's comments.

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Ford, whose identity was unknown until Sunday, had sent a letter to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in July. Kavanaugh says in the statement he "had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself".

Several people with information related to the Kavanaugh allegations have said they tried in vain to speak with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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

President Trump maliciously used that handicap against Ford at the rally.

Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation battle and the national soul-searching over sexual consent it has provoked threaten only to further motivate liberal female voters, leaving Republicans searching for a counterweight.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the confirmation vote will occur once senators of both parties have a chance to review the FBI's conclusions. I don't think that would happen with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seated across the table.

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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.

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