Republicans deplore Trump mocking Brett Kavanaugh accuser

United States President Donald J. Trump speaks with members of the media prior to boarding Marine One for his departure from the White House

After days of restraint, Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser

WASHINGTON-The White House has found no corroboration of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after examining interview reports from the FBI's latest probe into the judge's background, according to people familiar with the matter.

McConnell filed a petition for a cloture vote, which if successful would limit debate on the nomination and start the clock ticking on a final 30-hour waiting period before a Senate confirmation vote.

The Senate's Republican leaders are planning a vote on Mr Kavanaugh this week.

Republican Senator Susan Collins, who is also considered a swing vote on the Kavanaugh nomination, called Trump's remarks "plain wrong".

In a statement, lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say the additional FBI background investigation didn't include interviewing Ford or the witnesses they say corroborate her testimony.

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

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set up a procedural vote for Kavanaugh's nomination on Wednesday night, hours before the senate is expected to review the FBI's supplemental background review on the judge.

Republicans agreed to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an additional background check on Kavanaugh after his first accuser, Christine Blasey (BLAH'-zee) Ford, testified last week that he sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations against him.

"There will be plenty of time for members to review and be briefed on the supplemental material" before Friday's vote, McConnell said to the almost empty chamber.

And Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine who caucuses with Democrats, said on CNN's "New Day" that Trump's comments "made me feel sort of sick".

"I don't have all the answers, and I don't remember as much as I would like to", she said.

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Ford told the committee that she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker. I don't know. I don't know.

Mr Trump said when he goes to political rallies, which are organised by Republicans, he sees that voters are angry at the "vicious and despicable" way Democrats are treating his nominee.

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In an opinion piece for Slate, one of Kavanaugh's roommates at Yale, James Roche, said the judge "stood up under oath and lied about his drinking and about the meaning of words in his yearbook".

The report, while already coming under scrutiny from lawyers for accuser Christine Blasey Ford, will be a key factor for wavering senators ahead of the confirmation vote.

"I'm of the view that whatever could be made public should be, but that would be well outside the normal way these things are treated", said Republican senator Roy Bunt. Kavanaugh has denied the claims. I don't know! Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?

A handful of Republicans and Democrats have not decided whether to support Kavanaugh.

They said Kavanaugh 'displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for election to the highest court of the land'.

It's expected that many senators will want to read or be briefed on the supplemental background check, which the Senate is expected to receive no later than Thursday.

Also interviewed was Tim Gaudette, a high school classmate of Kavanaugh.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat, called Mr Trump's comments "cruel", adding, "he sent a clear message to victims of sexual assault that they should not be believed".

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