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Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony

Outpouring of anger on Twitter after Trump mocks Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser

President Trump is adding fresh animosity to the already tense debate over Brett Kavanaugh with new comments mocking sexual misconduct allegations against his Supreme Court nominee.

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.

Senators Jeff Flake and Susan Collins were among the lawmakers who took issue with comments Trump made regarding Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor from California who detailed her sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh at an extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week.

A campaign rally audience laughed as Mr Trump ran through a list of what he described as holes in Christine Blasey Ford's appearance before the US Senate Judiciary Committee.

"There's no time and no place for remarks like that".

'To discuss something this sensitive in a political really is just not right. It's just not right. I wish he hadn't done it...it's kind of appalling'. Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well?

Trump's mockery reflected a growing frustration among some in the White House, and by the president, that her story has not received the same level of scrutiny as Kavanaugh's, said a person close to the process who was not authorized to speak publicly. He said Trump is "degrading" the way people are treating one another and doing "permanent damage" to the country with his comments.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who sits on the Judiciary Committee and is a frequent Trump critic, slammed Trump for the remark. Nope! It was one beer.

McConnell told reporters Tuesday that "I can tell you with certainty" that the Federal Bureau of Investigation report will be finished and the Senate will vote this week, though he didn't specify when. I don't remember. Where is the place?

During her sworn testimony, Ford told the senate that she was afraid of flying, small spaces and buildings with only one exit - trauma that she attributed to her alleged assault some 30 years ago. Downstairs? Where was it?' 'I don't know. What neighbourhood was it in?

"Look, I know a lot about sexual assault", Corker said Tuesday without elaborating. The ex-boyfriend told the committee that he'd seen Ford coaching someone on how to take a polygraph exam. Grassley says he is concerned that her own polygraph test may not be reliable. That's the only thing I remember.

Ford said Kavanaugh tried to remove her clothes and held his hand over her mouth to prevent her from screaming. "'I don't remember,"' Mr Trump said imitating Ms Ford at the rally in Southaven, Mississippi.

"I think that it's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of", Trump said Tuesday afternoon outside the White House.

What does Prof Ford remember?

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) on Tuesday sent a letter to Ford's lawyers renewing his request for "all audio or video recordings produced during the course of Mr. Hanafin's polygraph examination of Dr. Ford as well as all polygraph charts and other data that Mr. Hanafin relied upon in preparing his report". "But Dr. Ford testified that she never consented to any of these disclosures". Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who questioned Prof Ford during testimony, said she had told a polygrapher it happened in the early 80s, then crossed out the word "early".

Though polygraphs tests are generally not reliable enough to be admissible as legal evidence, Ford and her defenders have cited her polygraph results as further corroboration of her accusation. I'm glad she did it.