Sarah Sanders Defends Trump's Christine Blasey Ford Comments, Twitter Users Flip

Donald Trump the US president speaking at the White House on Monday

Donald Trump the US president speaking at the White House on Monday Credit AP

Republican senators told reporters Wednesday they believe the FBI's report on its findings from its background investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be completed sometime Wednesday.

Officials have said the White House is relying on a request from the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee setting out the terms for the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats of trying to derail the nomination on Monday, declaring: "The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close".

On Tuesday, Mr Flake said he was "very troubled" by the tenor of Judge Kavanaugh's "partisan" testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. Noting that Ford did not remember in what house the incident allegedly occurred, or how she left the gatheringand got back home, Mitchell said "her inability to remember this detail raises significant questions".

"What neighbourhood was it in?" 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs, where was it? "I don't know", he continued. But I had one beer.

Kilmeade meant a political rally Trump spoke at the previous evening, amid the latest public crisis to engulf his administration: a string of sexual accusations against the president's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. As to how she presented herself: "very well, very articulate, even President Trump commended her as to how she presented herself, and Judge Kavanaugh is going to be Matt Damon on "Saturday Night Live" for the rest of his life", Zaid said.

"I wish he hadn't done it". He added of Thomas, "He's been on the Supreme Court for 26 years, and I've never heard anybody raise any questions about his temperament, and it's seemed to me to be just as dogmatic and as explosive as what he said".

Collins, a Republican from ME, similarly condemned Trump's comments, telling CNN's Manu Raju they "were just plain wrong". She did not respond when asked if his comments would affect her vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"I don't think what he said is any different than what Justice Thomas said", Grassley said.

"A vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford", tweeted Michael Bromwich, a former high-ranking Department of Justice official who is now representing the professor. "Right now I would say, my sons", he replied.

Trump's comments echoed a message his son, Donald Trump Jr., relayed in an interview that aired this week on DailyMailTV.

A day after the hearing, Trump had called Ford "a very credible witness" who provided "very compelling" testimony.

Leahy, one of the most senior Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he worries the fight will have a lasting impact on both the Senate and the courts.

Flake has clashed repeatedly with Trump over his behaviour and is retiring at year's end.

And in a new twist, Conway did not hide that polling data showing support for Kavanaugh in competitive states is circulating throughout the West Wing.

But last week he took the gloves off, ripping into Democrats for what he called "a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fuelled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election" and "revenge on behalf of the Clintons." Sen.

The senators have been in consultation with the White House about the scope of the investigation and were instrumental in the decision on the original list of four individuals the FBI would interview - a list that didn't include Ford or Kavanaugh.

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