Trump Mocks Kavanaugh Accuser He Had Called Credible Witness

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"Trump continued. "'I don't know.' Where's the house? Downstairs? Where was it?' 'I don't know. "I don't know. But I had one beer", Trump said, to laughter from the crowd.

Ford has said the incident happened in an upstairs room and that she is "100 percent" certain it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her, although she has acknowledged that her memories of other details of the evening remain unclear.

The idea that people in the USA are wrongfully "guilty until proven innocent" is an idea that wasn't manifesting itself politically on the right until last week, GOP pollster Frank Luntz told The Washington Post. Flake added, "I wish he hadn't done it".

"I don't remember", he said in his Ford voice, which was deeper.

Mr Flake called the president's comments "appalling", and Ms Collins said they were "just plain wrong". Collins refused to respond to questions Wednesday morning about which way she would vote.

Ford's allegations have thrown the outcome of Kavanaugh's nomination - once believed by many to be a sure bet - in some doubt in the 51-49 Republican-controlled Senate. But many Republicans, Trump included, have steadfastly stood by Kavanaugh and continue to question and discredit his accusers.

Senator Jeff Flake, a moderate Republican who could be pivotal in the confirmation vote, raised concerns about the judge's "partisan" tone at the Judiciary Committee hearing.

Trump made the remarks at a freewheeling rally that comes as the FBI investigates allegations that the embattled Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted female students while in high school and college. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's accusation as well as allegations by two other women, all dating from the 1980s.

Earlier Tuesday, Senate Republicans and Democrats sparred over the ongoing FBI investigation, which is expected to be completed by Friday.

Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also blasted Trump for the comments saying he owes Ford an immediate apology.

"She's always had my back", Trump said.

"We had another just reported by a sleazebag lawyer named Avenatti", Trump said, completely butchering the pronunciation of the attorney's name. White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News that "the president is pointing out factual inconsistencies".

Opinions of Ford's testimony - on social media and television networks - were that she was powerful and believable. Oh good. How did you get home?

Flake acknowledged on Monday that the incident, aired widely, helped lead to his request at the subsequent committee hearing that an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe be conducted before a full Senate vote on Kavanaugh.

The latest move by Trump came just hours after he had highlighted the possibility of false accusations against young men in the midst of a cultural moment brought on in the past year by the #MeToo movement. Cindy Hyde Smith (R-Miss.) at a Make America Great Again rally in Southaven, Miss., on October 2, 2018.

Speaking on the Senate floor on Wednesday, McConnell again took aim at Kavanaugh opponents.

"We are still here, still outraged", said Rachel Carmon, chief operation officer of Women's March. "This is all part of the organised effort to delay, obstruct and intimidate, including those of us who will be voting this week".

"They destroy people", he said, referring to Democrats. Ford identified Judge as a witness to the alleged assault.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said each senator would get a copy of the FBI's report on its investigation. Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she had offered her full cooperation with the FBI in its investigation but had received no reply.

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