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He imitated Ford responding "I don't know" and "I don't remember" to questions about her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago. That means if all the Democrats vote against Kavanaugh, Trump could not afford to have more than one Republican oppose his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote. "That is a very, very hard standard", Trump said outside the White House.

The political messaging battle over Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh opened into full gender warfare as the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of claims of sexual misconduct came closer to wrapping up, GOP leaders promised a vote by week's end, and the midterm elections loom.

President Trump continued his defense Tuesday of his Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, mocking one of Kavanaugh's accusers at a MS campaign rally. But it raises questions about how such words will affect five senators - all moderates - whose votes on Kavanaugh will be decisive. On the other: conservative men aggrieved by a system they see as rigged against them and rife with unfair and reputation-destroying accusations.

"We are finally rebuilding our country, and we are doing it with American aluminum, American steel and with our great electrical contractors", he said. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), another member of the committee, which voted to pass Kavanaugh's nomination on to the full Senate on Friday in a straight party-line vote, with the caveat from Sen.

After Thursday's hearing where both Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford testified, Cornyn asserted: "It's time to vote".

Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation battle and the national soul-searching over sexual consent it has provoked threaten only to further motivate liberal female voters, leaving Republicans searching for a counterweight.

The FBI has finished an interview with Chris Garrett, a high school friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

He declined to comment further.

The agency is under White House orders to complete its probe by week's end but can interview anyone it wants, according to a person who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Ms Ramirez was the second woman to accuse Mr Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, after Christine Blasey Ford. Kavanaugh denied the claims in follow-up testimony of his own.

"I don't like what the president said last night", Graham said, adding that he would tell Mr. Trump to "knock it off", although he called the comments a "factual rendition".

An ex-boyfriend of Christine Blasey Ford has come forward to contradict her testimony that she was claustrophobic and had trouble flying as a result of her alleged assault.

Sen. Angus King, an independent who already has said he will not vote to confirm Kavanaugh, said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday that Trump's remarks made him, "feel sort of sick". It is unclear whether he will be confirmed.

"It is inconceivable that the FBI could conduct a thorough investigation of Dr. Ford's allegations without interviewing her, Judge Kavanaugh, or the witnesses we have identified in our letters to you", the lawyers said in their letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray.

Regardless of what he did as a teenager, senators need to look at what Kavanaugh is saying now, Schumer argued. He denies the accusation.

Trump was visiting MS to rally support for Sen.

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

"I just hope that we find fact", Flake said. "It's kind of appalling".

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

"Although we do not know the status of the investigation, we are not aware of the FBI affirmatively reaching out to any of those witnesses", Clune said in a tweeted statement.

Most recently, President Donald Trump ordered the FBI to launch a one-week investigation into misconduct claims made against Kavanaugh. Of Ford's testimony before the Senate, Graham said that she was "handled respectfully", but Kavanaugh was "treated like crap".


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