'A Scary Time for Young Men.' President Trump Decries Sexual Assault Allegations

Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on Thursday

Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on Thursday

The audience laughed as Trump ran through a list of what he described as holes in Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

When I watched Brett and his wife being interviewed on Fox News on Monday, and when I watched Brett deliver his testimony under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, I cringed. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations.

Speaking at a campaign rally Tuesday night, Trump cast doubt on Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by mocking her for not knowing the answers to questions such as how she had gotten to the high school party where she says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, an allegation he has repeatedly denied.

Ford's lawyers said on Tuesday she had offered her full cooperation with the FBI in its investigation but had received no reply.

US President Donald Trump hit back Sunday at suggestions his administration is trying to "micromanage" the FBI investigation of controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, accusing opposition Democrats of being interested only in obstruction.

Republicans have a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate and Trump and party leaders want to get Kavanaugh confirmed ahead of November 6 elections, in which Democrats are trying to seize control of Congress.

That means if all the Democrats vote against Kavanaugh, Trump could not afford to have more than one Republican oppose his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who are widely expected to be the deciding votes on Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii said that in addition to the allegations the conspiracy-minded accusation Kavanaugh made in last week's session makes him unfit for the top court in the land.

A person familiar with the matter said the Federal Bureau of Investigation questioned Deborah Ramirez for more than two hours on Sunday and that she provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation with a list of more than 20 possible witnesses.

Kavanaugh struck an angry and defiant tone at the hearing.

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The votes of the three Republicans and those of red-state Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota will largely determine whether Kavanaugh is confirmed.

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the top US court. Over a period of several days, McConnell would need to end debate on the nomination; provide a one-day waiting period; and then the Senate would need to vote on a cloture motion.

The latest Supreme Court session opened on Monday, with eight justices.

"I've seen that person in [a] very, very bad situation - somewhat compromising. and you know I think it is very unfair to bring up things like this", he said.

Schumer said Kavanaugh seemed willing to "mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane" to ensure his confirmation.

The Dem leader cited "a growing consensus in the Senate that when the FBI's investigation is complete, the findings should be released publicly with any personal information redacted".

"The initial defense that Judge Kavanaugh gave was something - like I told my wife I hope that I would sound that indignant if I were - if I felt that I was unjustly, you know, maligned".

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. Senate Republicans have privately expressed similar sentiments. He said he did not want the probe to become a "witch hunt" and that it should be completed quickly.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was accused of throwing ice at a man during an altercation at a bar while in college.

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