White House defends Trump after he mocks Kavanaugh sex assault accuser

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"I think there are serious questions about both his credibility and his temperament that may to some senators be more important than the activities that occurred in high school".

Washington has been awaiting completion of the investigation since last week, when Flake, Collins and Murkowski pressured a reluctant Trump and Republican leaders to order the FBI to renew its background check of the 53-year-old Kavanaugh.

Five days of public hearings.

It remains to be seen whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation report will be enough to win over the three Republicans and two Democrats who have yet to announce a position on confirmation. Kavanaugh parried a question from Sen.

The poll was based on telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,462 adults, conducted from September 24 to September 30 -after Kavanaugh and Ford testified before the Senate about the sexual assault allegations - and featured a 3 percent margin of error at 95 percent confidence level.

"This is another part of their moving the goal posts, which is happening at the speed of light at this point", said Carrie Severino, chief counsel for the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative advocacy group. Democrats want a briefing from the FBI about the investigation, but Republicans declined that request. Julie Swetnick, who implicated Kavanaugh in a pattern of sexual assaults, was also not interviewed.

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He reiterated his earlier claims Tuesday that nowadays you are "guilty until proven innocent", and stepped up his line of argument that men are under attack in America, without mentioning survivors of sexual assault.

As Senate Republican leaders marched toward a final vote on the nomination, perhaps over the weekend, the three Republicans who could be key to whether Mr Kavanaugh is confirmed - Senators Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski - criticised Mr Trump for his remarks about Ms Blasey Ford at a political rally in Mississippi on Tuesday. The judge has taught "The Supreme Court Since 2005" course at Harvard Law School since 2009. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, a member of the Judiciary Committee, seized on those comments Monday as she laced into Kavanaugh in a speech on the Senate floor. He was partisan. He went on the attack against senators questioning him.

Agents were also apparently willing to let the statements made under the penalty of perjury by Ford and Kavanaugh to the committee to stand without further questioning. Grassley said he was reminded of the 1991 testimony of then-Judge Clarence Thomas, who told the committee that the hearing into sexual harassment allegations from Anita Hill amounted to a "high-tech lynching". "I don't know", he said. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of Trump's Tuesday night tirade.

Disquiet about the President's intervention was not limited to those Republican senators who are undecided about Kavanaugh. "Even if you were going to bring up some of the subjects that were brought up, they didn't have to treat him so viciously and so violently as they've treated him", he said. The agency has also spoken to a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, who has claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a Yale party when both were freshmen. "If he can lie about this, what else can he lie about?"

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, blamed the FBI's narrow list of interviewees on the White House. "I never saw Brett black out or not be able to remember the prior evening's events, nor did I ever see Brett act aggressive, hostile or in a sexually aggressive manner to women", wrote one of them, Dan Murphy, a former suitemate of Kavanaugh.

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