Flake calls Trump's comments on Ford 'appalling'

03 October, 2018, 17:26 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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He says it's important that senators have a chance to ask directly about what the FBI investigated, what evidence they collected and who they interviewed.

The Senate's Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of NY, accused Kavanaugh of delivering a "partisan screed" during the judiciary committee hearing last week. "I don't know, I don't know, I don't know", President Trump said, imitating Blasey Ford's testimony to the cheers of the crowd at the rally. They launched into occasional chants of "We want Chris". Cory Booker, D-N.J. speak during a Senate Judiciary Committee nominations hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.

On Sunday, a college friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh described a bar fight after a UB40 concert in 1985 in which Kavanaugh threw his drink in the face of a man he thought was the easy reggae band's lead singer, Ali Campbell, and The New York Times found the police report.

"We have great concern that the FBI is not conducting ― or not being permitted to conduct ― a serious investigation", he said in a tweet. "Many decades ago the IRS reviewed and signed off on these transactions", Sanders said in the statement, which did not cite any specifics of the report.

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. Against the backdrop of breathless reporting on the women's vote and what it means in the midterms, Trump is seeking to fire up "inelastic" voters who turned up for him in 2016 and continue to feel threatened by an entirely new set of social circumstances that may have little to do with why they voted Trump two years ago.

"The trauma for a man that's never had any accusation - he's never had a bad statement about him", Trump said, sympathizing with Kavanaugh's experience. Trump said, apparently re-enacting Ford's questioning by a Senate panel as he addressed a campaign rally in Southaven, Mississippi. Because of procedural steps, a final confirmation vote was unlikely until late in the week, perhaps over the weekend.

"And a man's life is in tatters", he said. "That is a very, very hard standard", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House.

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The bureau has not yet interviewed Ford, Kavanaugh, or other witnesses identified by Ford's legal team as crucial to the probe. A fuming Kavanaugh sparred frequently with Democrats, responding to a question by one about whether he'd ever blacked out while drinking by shooting back, "Have you?" "I think that Judge Kavanaugh is doing very well right now".

Here's something you might not expect to enter a conversation about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: The band UB40. Senators have said they want the investigation completed by Friday.

Sen. Flake, whose vote is seen as crucial to confirm Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice told the Today show Wednesday: 'There's no time and no place for remarks like that.

Schumer said Kavanaugh seemed willing to "mislead senators about everything from the momentous to the mundane" to ensure his confirmation. "They destroy people, these are really evil people", Trump said.

"Your vote in this election will decide which party controls the United States Senate", Trump said. She was questioned for more than two hours on Sunday and provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation with a list of over 20 possible witnesses, the person said.

Kavanaugh and Judge have also denied Swetnick's allegations.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, considered a key swing vote on the nomination, believes the scope of the FBI's investigation should include allegations brought by a third accuser, Julie Swetnick, but the senator is deferring to the FBI itself on who should be interviewed, a spokeswoman said. Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, told the AP Monday she had not yet been contacted by agents.



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