Flake calls Trump's comments on Ford 'appalling'

Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford

Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in by Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, before testifying during the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

The FBI is expected to send Congress a report on its revived sexual harassment investigation of Brett Kavanaugh as soon as Wednesday afternoon, Republican senators said of the pivotal document that could make or break his Supreme Court nomination. "Thus, I can only provide my assessment of Dr. Ford's allegations in that legal context".

"They've destroyed Judge Kavanaugh's reputation, undermined Ford's privacy and tried to upend our traditions of innocent until proven guilty in the process", she said. "I just say it's kind of appalling", Flake said of Trump's comments.

"A couple of times I made eye contact with Mark and thought he might try to help me, but he did not", she said.

Ludington claimed that after a UB40 concert, a group that included Kavanaugh went to a bar where they spotted a man who some in the group believe resembled a member of the band.

Almost three weeks after allegations of sexual misconduct were first publicly made against Judge Kavanaugh, the accusations have yet to be corroborated by any witnesses. With a slim majority in the Senate, Republicans can afford few defections, and the remarks outraged some of the swing-vote Republicans on whose vote Kavanaugh's confirmation rests.

Trump is the second president to speak at the Landers Center - former President George W. Bush made an appearance there in 2003.

The President said Tuesday night that Kavanaugh's "life is in tatters".

Not surprisingly, a Twitter fact-check of Ford's testimony by NBC News showed little of what Trump claimed about her remarks was accurate.

Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh becomes emotional as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27, 2018. "That's all I know".

At a news conference on Monday, President Donald Trump decried what he described as "trauma" inflicted upon Kavanaugh, but nevertheless said he wants to see the FBI "do a very comprehensive investigation".

She also blasted Democrats for allegedly hurting both Kavanaugh and Ford by "circumventing the entire system" in their approach to the accusations.

Ford said that Smyth was also at the party where she alleges that Kavanaugh attacked her.

A day after the hearing, Trump had called Ford "a very credible witness" who provided "very compelling" testimony. Along with allegations of sexual assault and lack of truthfulness, they must decide whether Kavanaugh has so discredited his own stature as an impartial arbiter that putting him on the Supreme Court risk permanently damaging the judiciary.

The results of an additional Federal Bureau of Investigation background review are expected to be made available to senators shortly, McConnell said in his opening floor speech. "I don't think there would be any difficulty".

Several people with information related to the Kavanaugh allegations have said they tried in vain to speak with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

With the midterm elections just weeks away, Republicans risk losing the House and possibly the Senate as they face an energised Democratic party - particularly educated, suburban women and minorities.

Democrats have requested copies of all the FBI's witness interviews, and the names of any who decline to co-operate.

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