Trump calls Kavanaugh allegations 'scary time' for men falsely accused

Senate Judiciary Committee member Senator Jeff Flake center speaks with colleagues after a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, said a Friday vote on Kavanaugh would not give senators enough time to evaluate the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

Trump said Kavanaugh - who denies the allegations and is adamant he did not drink to the point of blacking out, despite enjoying beer in his younger years - has been treated unfairly.

Mr Trump said it was a "very scary situation" to be "guilty until proven innocent". "But now you're guilty until proven innocent", Trump said. Flake mostly attempts to avoid eye contact and stay silent, but the women and reporters filming prevent the elevator doors from closing. Trump himself has been accused of a range of sexual misconduct, from harassment to assault. All of them", Mr. Schumer told reporters, adding, "We have nothing to do with delay.

Judge Kavanaugh and Prof Ford gave public testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday. He has denied every accusation.

A third claim - from Julie Swetnick, who is represented by Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti - accuses Mr Kavanaugh of excessive drinking and inappropriate treatment of women at parties in the early 1980s.

His comments come as Democrats are pressing for a more expansive FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh.

In the days since, one of the nominee's former classmates at Yale University issued a statement alleging that, as a student, Kavanaugh was "a frequent drinker and a heavy drinker" who often became "belligerent and aggressive" during his binges.

"I think that Judge Kavanaugh is doing pretty well, it seems to me, over the last 24 hours", Trump said. As of Tuesday afternoon, the accuser who testified against Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, had not been interviewed in the investigation.

Ms Brookes said she remembered the night he was pledging to a fraternity.

"In this realm, you are truly guilty until proven innocent, that's one of the very very bad things that is taking place right now", he said. "I find it not plausible at all that he remembers everything he did that night".

Mr. McConnell said the updated report will only be available to senators, as has been the practice for previous nominees.

On Tuesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) renewed his pledge to vote this week.

While the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh are deeply troubling, there's unlikely to be the kind of clear evidence for these acts as there might be for accusations of perjury.

Later, Flake surprised everyone watching when he voted "yea" on sending Kavanaugh's nomination to the floor for confirmation, but only pending an investigation by the FBI, effectively delaying the vote by a week.

GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Jeff Flake are the other key senators.

The video begins with Archila and Gallagher holding the door to the elevator containing Senator Flake. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were instrumental last week in holding up Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation vote.

A spokesman for McConnell noted that the agreement with Flake and other swing senators was to have a procedural vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation by Friday, so the majority leader would have to take steps to tee up that vote on Wednesday.