President Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony

04 October, 2018, 08:30 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest and march against the U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in New York City. Reuters

Flake, an Arizona Republican, has played a key role in Kavanaugh's confirmation process.

Collins, a Republican from ME, similarly condemned Trump's comments, telling CNN's Manu Raju they "were just plain wrong".

Appearing before the committee last week, Ford, a research psychologist in northern California, drew on her own expertise to explain how the brain processed traumatic memories.

Collins told reporters: "The president's comments were just plain wrong". I wish he hadn't. done it.

Neither senator is up for re-election this year.

Hyde-Smith didn't answer. The Mississippi Republican, appointed only two months ago to a seat the Republican needs to keep, hopped on a Senate subway that sped her toward the Capitol. "In 2013, Kavanaugh found a detainee's false exculpatory statements to be strong evidence of guilt", she tweeted Wednesday. In her first speech on the Senate floor, she announced that it was her "duty" to support Kavanaugh.

Also on the ballot is Sen.

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Also on the ballot is Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska, who is campaigning for a second term.

She told the Senate hearing that she had "never" had "any discussions with anyone ... on how to take a polygraph".

Speaking at an event hosted by The Atlantic, Trump ally senator Lindsey Graham said that while he "didn't particularly like" the President's remarks about Dr Ford, he slammed Democrats for their treatment of Mr Kavanaugh.

Flake and Collins are among five senators who have not publicly said how they will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Ms Collins, a moderate Republican from ME, has not yet said whether she will vote for Judge Kavanaugh either.

The attack quickly drew scorn from critics, who said such taunts were part of the reason survivors of sexual assault are afraid to go public.

Blasey Ford's lawyers, Bromwich and Debra Katz, wrote a letter to the agency questioning an apparent decision not to interview Kavanaugh, and expressed concern that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was not following up on witnesses and evidence they had identified. But it raises questions about how such words will affect five senators - all moderates - whose votes on Kavanaugh will be decisive. "The court is in session".

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The letter to the Senate cites two laws governing bias and recusal, noting, "Judges must step aside if they are at risk of being perceived as or of being unfair".

He said the pressure will be on Democrats in predominantly red states that Trump won in 2016, such as Sens.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from September 23, just a week after the allegations were known, showed interest in the election among white men at 64 percent, higher than in 2010 when Republicans retook the House and 2014 when the GOP took control of the Senate. The good news: Republicans, women and men, are overwhelmingly sticking by the nominee.

According to a recent Harvard CAPS-Harris poll, only 37 percent of registered voters want their senator to confirm him. A September Quinnipiac poll found a almost even split in opinions on the confirmation. After attending the performance of UB40 in New Haven, Connecticut, Kavanaugh and his friends saw a man they believed to resemble the lead singer Ali Campbell.

The response came a day after Republican Sen.

In the meantime, some senators - including Republican Jeff Flake - criticized Trump for mocking Ford for laughs at a Tuesday night rally. "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".

Republicans now hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate.

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