Republican women in hot seat over Trump mocking Ford, vote looming

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That's put a pair of female Republican senators, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, under excruciating pressure.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told reporters that Trump's Tuesday night lampooning of Ford at a MS campaign rally was "just plain wrong." Sen.

But Ford has not heard from the FBI as of Tuesday morning as questions mount about the extent of the agency's investigation, her team said told CNN. 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?

The audience laughed as the president said: "Thirty-six years ago this happened: I had one beer!" 'Where was the place?' I don't remember. "I just say it's kind of appalling".

Reporters were quick to say that it was wrong to say that the president was speaking "facts", citing Ford's on-the-record testimony about who, when and where.

Sen. Chris Coons of DE, the Democrat who paired with Republican Sen.

Asked whether Trump's comments would affect her vote, Murkowski told reporters: "I am taking everything into account. The President's comments yesterday mocking Dr Ford were wholly inappropriate and, in my view, unacceptable".

The Supreme Court began a new term this week without a full bench as it waits on the FBI to investigate sexual abuse allegations against nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump limited the investigation to no more than a week. "I believe she purposely designed her demeanor, her voice, her posture to make it look like she was a child to get sympathy".

There's one stipulation though: only one copy of report is being made available to the senators and each party will take turns viewing the document in one-long increments, Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (IL) told The Hill. "The President is very confident in his nominee, as he's stated time and time again, and we expect the Senate to vote, and we hope they do that soon".

However, Reuters reports that several witnesses who say they have information about the case have tried and failed to speak with FBI investigators.

The party has only a 51-49 Senate majority. That means that if all Democrats vote against confirming Mr Kavanaugh, Republicans can only afford one defection - since in a tie, Vice-President Mike Pence would get the casting vote.

Kavanaugh's truthfulness to Congress - including how he represented his alcohol consumption - is also under the scanner, with a former Yale classmate on Monday accusing the judge of misleading lawmakers when he said he never experienced blackouts.

On NBC's "Today" show Wednesday, Sen.

"I don't like what the president said last night", he said. This background check, requested by a trio of senators who are undecided on Kavanaugh's confirmation, will be different.

Amid McConnell's remarks Wednesday night, Trump tweeted that there was "such enthusiasm and energy for Judge Brett Kavanaugh".

"To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right".

Sanders cribbed from Kellyanne Conway's script earlier in the day, insisting "the president was stating fact" though, in fairness, she stopped short of using Conway's gag that Ford has "been treated like a Fabergé egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president".

West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito - like Ford, a graduate of the Holton-Arms School - has said she supports Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's accusation as well as allegations by two other women, all dating from the 1980s.

Ford's attorney complained Wednesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not contacted her for this week's interviews.

That claim was further called into question Tuesday after the New York Times published a copy of a letter written by Kavanaugh in 1983 where he warned his friends of the danger of eviction from a beachfront condo they had rented for the weekend.

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