Republicans deplore Trump mocking Brett Kavanaugh accuser


A second Republican senator wavering on Brett Kavanaugh is criticizing President Donald Trump's mocking of a woman who's accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexually attacking her in the 1980s.

At a campaign rally in MS rally on Tuesday, the audience laughed as Trump ran through a list of what he described as holes in Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"President Trump's attacks are even more cruel when you consider that Dr. Ford specifically recalled the pain of Brett Kavanaugh and (alleged co-assailant) Mark Judge laughing at her".

Last week, Mr Trump described Dr Ford's testimony at the Senate hearing as "very credible".

"My whole life, I've heard you're innocent until proven guilty".

"President Trump went through a factual rendition that I didn't particularly like and I would tell him to knock it off", Graham said, "You're not helping". 'Where was the place?' I don't remember. I don't remember. How many years ago was it?

Last week Mr Trump called Christine Blasey Ford a "compelling" witness.

"What neighbourhood was it in? I don't know", Trump said, flailing his arms around to mock her as he has some of his political foes or journalists during similar events in the past. "I don't know". Upstairs, downstairs, where I was.

The allegations, he said, had a great impact on Judge Kavanaugh. "And a man's life is in tatters", he added.

As of Wednesday, Ford's attorneys said she hasn't been contacted for an interview, and Bloomberg reported that the FBI was not given permission to interview either Kavanaugh or Ford for the brief investigation, since the two already testified extensively about the case.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the chamber will vote on Mr Kavanaugh later this week, and the conservative jurist's fate is in the hands of a handful of undecided Republican and Democratic senators. "He is a profile in cowardice".

The controversy over Kavanaugh's nomination - which could be put to a final vote in the Senate as early as Saturday - comes ahead of November congressional elections in which Trump's Republican Party will battle to keep control of Congress. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations.

Lawyers for Deborah Ramirez, who claims that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a dorm party when they were freshmen at Yale University, confirmed that the FBI had reached out to Ramirez and that she was cooperating with the investigation.

Susan Collins of ME tells reporters that Trump's remarks about Christine Blasey (BLAH'-zee) Ford were "just plain wrong".

"There's no time and no place for remarks like that", Flake said on the "Today" show on Wednesday.

"That would concern me", said Coons, who appeared alongside Flake on NBC.

Senator Susan Collins surrounded by reporters asking her questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders dismissed the widespread view that Trump mocked Ford.

Earlier on Tuesday Mr Trump reiterated his support for Mr Kavanaugh, saying he believed the Senate would approve the judge.

The FBI investigation is due to be completed by Friday. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, whose votes are considered key to the nomination, both said they were satisfied with the pace of the process.