Federal Bureau of Investigation report looms as senators slam Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser

Federal Bureau of Investigation report looms as senators slam Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser

If all the Democrats in the Senate stick together, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can afford to lose only one senator from his ranks and still confirm Trump's pick.

According to a preliminary schedule, drafted with the expectation that the Senate will receive the report Wednesday evening, Republicans will read the first hour, starting at 8 a.m. Thursday, and Democrats will read the hour after that, according to a person who was briefed on the plan.

If they don't have the votes, the nomination fails.

Michael Mukasey, a former US attorney general under President George W. Bush, said the supplemental FBI background investigation would cover credible allegations of misconduct.

"I thought [Ford] was handled respectfully", Graham said regarding Christine Blasey Ford's testimony regarding an alleged sexual assault she said happened between Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge in high school in the early '80s.

Controversy surrounding the Kavanaugh nomination ahead of November mid-term elections, in which Republicans are facing an uphill battle to keep control of Congress, is threatening to derail Trump's push to get a conservative majority on the Supreme Court before the vote. Also a Kavanaugh friend she says was in the room.

Mr Trump was accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women. 'Where's the house?' I don't know. I don't know. Upstairs, downstairs - where was it? "But I had one beer that's the only thing I remember"'. 'I don't remember.' Where is the place? "And a man's life is in tatters", he added. "It's kind of appalling".

Collins on Wednesday called Trump's scoffing at Ford "just plain wrong".

Sen. Bob Corker speaks to members of the media after a weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon at the Capitol on May 8, 2018, in Washington.

"So President Trump went through a factual rendition, that I didn't particularly like, and I would tell him to knock it off. The president's comments yesterday mocking Dr. Ford were wholly inappropriate and, in my view, unacceptable".


"Dr. Ford has struggled to recall important events relating to her allegations, and her testimony regarding recent events raises further questions about her memory", Mitchell concluded.

Kavanaugh's allies say Democrats are raising issues of character because they know the Federal Bureau of Investigation will not be able to prove allegations of sexual assault.

President Trump continued his defense Tuesday of his Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, mocking one of Kavanaugh's accusers at a MS campaign rally.

Perhaps that is a not-so-veiled shot at President Donald Trump, who ultimately gave the directive to reopen the FBI's background check on Kavanaugh.

However, the White House seems to have limited the scope of the investigation, and a report on the FBI's findings is expected to be released before Friday.

Tensions running high on Capitol Hill as senators await FBI's background investigation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh; chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel reports.

Opposition among Americans to Kavanaugh has increased since last week's hearing, Reuters/Ipsos polling data showed on Wednesday.

In the letter, Democrats wrote that the tweet wasn't consistent with what senators learned in a briefing on a confidential background investigation into Kavanaugh's history.

Amid McConnell's remarks Wednesday night, Trump tweeted that there was "such enthusiasm and energy for Judge Brett Kavanaugh".

At a White House briefing, Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders defended his remarks in MS and said he was not concerned the comments may have jeopardized the votes of key senators. The President, however, chose to attack the gaps in her memory - to loud cheers from the crowd.

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