Trump says it’s ‘a very scary time for young men in America’

If an FBI investigation fails to corroborate Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a majority of Americans believe he should be confirmed immediately.

"I believe Judge Kavanaugh was truthful under oath during today's hearing, and I trust the statements of the witnesses named by Dr. Ford who said under penalty of felony that they have no recollection of the alleged incident", Young said.

During the 2016 campaign, at least 15 women accused Trump of misbehavior ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behavior around women.

During a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday, McConnell berated Democrats for continued their deployment of delay tactics against Judge Kavanaugh's nomination.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The classmate, Kerry Berchem, prepared a memo about the text messages and attempted to submit them to the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27 following Kavanaugh's testimony and that of Christine Blasey Ford, according to NBC News, which obtained a copy of the memo.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday she was stunned that Kavanaugh had joined in the Republicans' political attack.

Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh to the top US court, said on Monday the Federal Bureau of Investigation would have free rein to interview any witnesses it deemed necessary. Kavanaugh repeatedly has denied all such allegations against him.

A third woman, Julie Swetnick, accused Mr Kavanaugh and Mr Judge of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women in the early 1980s, among other accusations.

Kavanaugh and Judge have also denied Swetnick's allegations.

What he's said: "I agreed to support him before all of this came out".

Ford shared her allegation at an extraordinary congressional hearing last week that also included Kavanaugh's angry and emotional denial.

The president's comments were in response to questions about an interview the Daily Mail released with his son Donald Trump Jr.

Schumer said Kavanaugh seemed willing to "mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane" to ensure his confirmation.

A police report obtained by the New York Times shows Kavanaugh was questioned by police following an altercation at a bar when he was a student at Yale University in 1985. In a statement, Ludington said a group of friends had been staring at the man they said looked like Ali Campbell, the lead singer of UB40, the band they had just seen.

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".

When Ford's allegations became public, Collins was one of the first senators to say that she wanted to hear directly from Ford.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has said that the investigation would be "limited to current credible allegations" - raising questions over exactly what would be investigated given that Kavanaugh faces multiple allegations. Concerns have been raised that the investigation is not serious enough, as The New Yorker reported that several individuals hoping to give information to the FBI had trouble even reaching agents.

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.

Two other women have also come forward: Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale at the same time as Mr Kavanaugh, says he exposed his genitals to her during a college drinking game.

  • Jon Douglas