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

The assessments of Collins and Flake, the Judiciary Committee member who pushed to delay the vote on Kavanaugh so the FBI could investigate, came the morning after Trump drew laughs for his remarks at a political rally in Mississippi.

Conway did not respond directly when pressed about Trump mocking and imitating Ford during a Tuesday night campaign rally in front of thousands of supporters.

Ford admitted she hasn't always been sure of when specifically the alleged attack occurred, but said that establishing Judge's time of employment at the Safeway store would narrow the timeframe.

A vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. "He did this, he did that, he did that and, honestly, it's a very risky period in our country", Trump said during a news conference in NY.

Kavanaugh and Judge have vehemently denied all the allegations. "I thought her testimony was very compelling, and she looks like a very fine woman to me, very fine woman", Trump said of Ford while speaking to reporters on Friday.

"Somebody could come and say 30 years ago, 25 years ago, 10 years ago, five years ago, he did a frightful thing to me". Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

During the hearing, Rachel Mitchell, the Arizona sex crimes prosecutor who questioned Ford on behalf of Republican senators, asked Ford: "Have you ever had discussions with anyone, besides your attorneys, on how to take a polygraph?"

Flake had initially said he would vote for Kavanaugh after last week's hearings.

Leahy, one of the most senior Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he worries the fight will have a lasting impact on both the Senate and the courts. Five months into her Senate appointment, Hyde-Smith has proven to be the most reliable Trump ally, voting with the president 100 percent of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight.

"My White House will do whatever the senators want", Trump said.

But Merkley says the Senate can not fulfill its constitutional duty to provide advice and consent on the Supreme Court nominee without seeing Kavanaugh's full record.

Ford insisted that she had "never" done so, but her former boyfriend says that she used her background in psychology to help a friend who was preparing for such a test. He said senators will not be intimidated by the protesters opposed to Kavanaugh who have been confronting them in the hallways of the Capitol, at airports, and at their homes. "They want to destroy people". "The FBI needs to be allowed to pursue all reasonable investigatory steps from the credible allegations in front of the committee", he said.

McConnell is expected to lead the efforts to whip support for Kavanaugh, along with senators who are close to the key swing votes. Trump, however, spent far more time discussing Kavanaugh's confirmation process than Hyde-Smith's candidacy.

Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanuagh of assaulting her.

The letter went on: "This afternoon, we learned of media reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not intend to interview either Dr Ford or Judge Kavanaugh".

A spokesperson for the Senate Ethics Committee declined to comment.

President Trump is done playing nice with Christine Blasey Ford.

Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also blasted Trump for the comments saying he owes Ford an immediate apology. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said on NBC's "Today" show.

The New York lawmaker said the claims of Kavanaugh's accusers deserve a full investigation but stressed that the FBI review should be finished this week. The poll found 55 per cent of women do not believe the Senate should confirm him, versus just 40 per cent of men. It is unclear whether he will be confirmed.

Sen. Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, said, "We're going to put a conspiracy theory believer on the court?"

Ford alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. I wish he hadn't of done it. "It's kind of appalling".

  • Leroy Wright