Trump defends Kavanaugh, stumps for Hyde-Smith in Southaven

Emmett Rice
October 4, 2018

Donald Trump on Tuesday openly mocked a university professor who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, joking about her inability to remember details surrounding the night of the alleged attack.

The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn, said the FBI's report on sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh could be given to senators as soon as Wednesday, amid concerns among Democrats about the thoroughness of the probe.

Judge's lawyer, Barbara Van Gelder, told CNN that the Federal Bureau of Investigation completed its interview with Judge, whom Ford says was in the room when she was allegedly physically and sexually assaulted in the 1980s by Kavanaugh.

Trump's mockery of Ford at a campaign rally on Tuesday night intensified political pressure on senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME as they consider how they will vote on Kavanaugh. 'I don't remember.' Where is the place?

In an interview with Today on Wednesday morning, Republican Sen. "That's the only thing I remember, '" Trump said of Ford. She called a bunch of other classmates before she came forward because she wasn't even sure it was Kavanaugh who did what she eventually claimed he did. "The president's comments were just plain wrong", added Collins.

They were sitting near a man who they thought looked like the lead singer of UB40, Ali Campbell, and were trying to figure out whether it was him, Ludington told Cuomo.

They said they want the findings released publicly, and want an in-person briefing for senators with the agent who is leading the new background check. She defended her actions as protecting Ford's desire for privacy. At first, he heeded the advice of aides and Republican leaders, praising Ford as a "very credible witness". By Monday, he was highlighting gaps in Ford's memory.

"However, the tactic of the president laying low has been lauded by all sides, " Kilmeade continued, referencing the previous week-and-a-half in which Trump had mostly refrained from attacking the nominee's multiple accusers.

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"Judging from the success of Mr. (Ron) DeSantis in Florida, in winning the Republican (gubernatorial) nomination for Florida after Mr. Trump endorsed him on Twitter, the president's endorsement is expected to work in Mrs. Hyde-Smith's favor", Merivaki wrote in an e-mail.

But in a written declaration leaked to the media on Tuesday, an unidentified ex-lover said that during their six-year relationship, Ford never exhibited any of the post-assault anxiety or fears that she detailed during her senate testimony.

"With that being said, I'd like it to go quickly ..." And a man's life is in tatters. "Vote him up or down". "They exploited Dr. Ford and all the women that have come out to make any accusation".

Besides Republicans Flake, Collins and Murkowski, Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota have yet to declare their positions on Kavanaugh.

Trump also repeatedly encouraged those in attendance to vote Republican in November and called the midterm elections, "One of the most important congressional elections of our lifetime". Because of procedural steps, a final confirmation vote was unlikely until late in the week, perhaps over the weekend.

Mitchell, who did not address Kavanaugh's testimony in her statement, pointed out that the Senate confirmation hearing is not a trial, but she said she provided her assessment based on a legal context.

This comes shortly after Kavanaugh expressed worry this would be the outcome during his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. All 100 senators and nine staffers will be authorized to read the document.

The FBI has finished an interview with Chris Garrett, a high school friend of Kavanaugh. In fact, it seems very curious that Ford's attorneys would insist on another interview where her recollections might change even more than they already have.

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