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

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Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor from California, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that Mr Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when they were both high school students in Maryland. This despite the fact that the interview list has grown to include other possible witnesses, CNN has reported based on attorneys for people who have been contacted.

"It should all be investigated", Swalwell said. 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. At least one undecided Republican, Sen. The official revealed the private conversations only on condition of anonymity. The Senate's Republican leaders are planning a vote on Kavanaugh this week.

Acosta wondered if she had "any problem defending" Trump's rally rant. Flake added, "I wish he hadn't done it".

Senators are preparing to vote on Kavanaugh as soon as this weekend - and prepared for it to be a close.

She called on the Senate to "have a vote on the man" and "vote him up or down", which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, says the chamber will do this week as it awaits a Federal Bureau of Investigation report about a probe of allegations against Kavanaugh. "Right now I would say, my sons", he replied.

In a sign of their hardening stance, Republicans began to aim the credibility questions at Ford.

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Trump mocked Ford at a rally in MS on Tuesday night, listing what he described as holes in her account as his audience laughed.

At the Capitol, Schumer said questions surrounding Kavanaugh extend beyond sexual assault and now encompass his truthfulness and judicial temperament.

The man reportedly also had a glass thrown at him by Chris Dudley, a former Yale basketball player and a friend of Kavanaugh's, the report said.

Last week, when she told senators she had never given tips or advice to anyone taking a lie detector test.

A representative of Ford's legal team had no immediate comment.

On Monday, President Trump told reporters the FBI had the authority to interview anyone it desired, pushing back against charges by Senate Democrats that the White House is limiting the scope of the investigation. 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. He added that it was "a scary time for young men" who could become subject of false accusations.

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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. Smyth and Leland Keyser.

The Senate confirmation hearing is not a trial, noted Mitchell, but she said she provided her assessment based on a legal context.
The Senate is expected to vote on Kavanaugh's SCOTUS appointment either late this week or early next week. Well, do you think it was-no, it was one beer. But I want a process that we can be proud of. "You're not helping", Graham said at the Atlantic Festival in Washington.

Collins told reporters, "The president's comments were just plain wrong".

Leaning: The local pressure is likely weighing on her decision, but Murkowski has a history of being tight-lipped until she votes.

Collins, who was riding with Murkowski on a Senate shuttle, told her colleague, "Good answer".

Trump himself has been accused of a range of sexual misconduct, from harassment to assault. I wanted to support him. Cozzolino said he then got hit on the ear with a glass.

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They also have to confront a wave of Republican retirements, as well as the president's sagging approval ratings and the tide of controversy around his White House.