Key senators criticize Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser

"The president's remarks were just plain wrong", Sen. 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.

But Trump has since changed his tone, believing a vigorous defense of Kavanaugh could energize Republican voters in advance of the midterm elections. "As much as the crowd loved it, I wonder about the wisdom, tactically, of him doing that". That means if all the Democrats vote against Kavanaugh, Trump could not afford to have more than one Republican oppose his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote.

"I'm not on the ballot, but in a certain way I am", he said.

Mr Flake said on USA television: "There's no time and no place for remarks like that, that discuss something this sensitive at a political rally".

Kavanaugh also denied the sexual assault allegation from Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist who alleged that a "stumbling drunk" Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her at a house party when the two were in high school in the 1980s.

Sanders, like other White House aides, noted Ford admits she does not recall everything about the alleged sexual assault in the summer of 1982. If that's a bit surprising, remember that those allegations has significant issues from the start - especially Ramirez' admission that she didn't settle on Kavanaugh as the perp until six days of consultation with a Democrat attorney a few weeks ago.

"No one is looking at whether the accusations made are corroborated".

Flake, Collins and Murkowski are facing fierce pressure from their left and right over their reservations about Kavanaugh.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of trying to derail the nomination on Monday, declaring: "The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close".

The memo is likely to prompt significant pushback from Democratic senators, who have argued that Ford is not on trial and that Kavanaugh is merely interviewing for a job.

The Kentucky Republican's decision is complicated. Sen.

Trump has "taken the bait and gone out and directly tweeted at her, " Kilmeade said, worrying that attacking Newman would only help her sell more copies of her book.

But White House counselor Kellyanne Conway brushed off criticism of the President and bolstered the toughened White House line towards Ford. Mitchell also noted that Ford did not identify Kavanaugh by name as her attacker in key pieces of evidence, including notes from sessions with her therapist - records that Ford's lawyers declined to provide to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ali Campbell, the guy Kavanaugh thought he assaulted. "He's pointing out factual inconsistencies". I would be a hypocrite to think so.

FBI investigators had not reached out to a third woman who said she witnessed Kavanaugh engage in "inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s", her attorney, Michael Avenatti, wrote on Twitter early Sunday morning. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who sits on the Judiciary Committee.

"I don't have any problem stating facts, no", Sanders said, snarking, "I know that is something that you probably do have a problem with".

  • Jacqueline Ellis