President Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony
Oct 04 2018
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on trade between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and the nomination of Brett Cavanaugh to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, in Washington.
"I want the FBI - this is now their seventh investigation - I want them to do a very comprehensive investigation", Trump said in the Rose Garden. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, said Sunday that testimony would be taken from Ramirez and Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who has been named by two of three women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
Kavanaugh has denied the accusations by Ford, by Deborah Ramirez, who says he exposed himself to her during a college party, and by Julie Swetnick, who has alleged she was victimized at a party attended by Kavanaugh and his friends.
She outlined several points as to why Ford's allegation is weaker than a typical "he said, she said" case. 'I don't know. Upstairs. "I don't know", he added, to cheers from supporters. I don't know. Where's the house? I don't remember. Where is the place? Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake called them "appalling", Maine Sen. "The president's comments were just plain wrong", added Collins.
Flake is one of a handful of moderate Republicans in the Senate whose votes could seal Kavanaugh's fate.
She told reporters Dr Ford has "been treated like a Faberge egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president".
Writing to the FBI, attorneys for Professor Christine Blasey Ford said it was "inconceivable" that the agency could conduct a thorough investigation without interviewing her.
Opinions of Ford's testimony - on social media and television networks - were that she was powerful and believable.
The blowback to Trump's scoffing at Christine Blasey Ford came as lawmakers awaited results of a revived Federal Bureau of Investigation background check, expected imminently, on accusations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in high school and college.
"This woman had no clue what was going on, and yet she made the most frightful charges", Trump said, pointing out that Kavanaugh went to Yale as apparent evidence that the claims were spurious.
Trump ordered the FBI investigation last Friday, limiting its duration to no more than a week. But there is a growing call - from both Democrats and Republicans - to have some version made public.
As Republicans fight headwinds ahead of the November 6 midterm elections, Trump sought to rally his supporters behind Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to fill the seat of Thad Cochran, who retired in April.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had gathered Judiciary Committee Republicans in his office earlier.
If Kavanaugh's accusers fail to provide "any evidence to corroborate the [sexual assault] claims and Kavanaugh says these incidents did not happen", Americans believe Kavanaugh should sit on the Supreme Court, by a margin of 57% to 43%.
In a letter to committee chair Chuck Grassley published Wednesday, Democrats took issue with two messages that committee Republicans postedon Twitter in defense of Kavanaugh. She said, "I'm waiting to see what the results are".
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons said after speaking with White House counsel Don McGahn over the weekend he remained "very concerned" the FBI's probe would be too narrow.