McConnell sets Friday test vote on Kavanaugh nomination

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Speaking at a press briefing at the White House, Sanders argued that Trump was not making fun of the California psychology professor, who alleged that as a teenager Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh held her down, put his hand over her mouth and tried to remove her clothing.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed again on Tuesday to vote on the nomination by the end of the week, insisting that the results of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry be kept private, for senators only to see.

Separately, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME told reporters, "The president's comments were just plain wrong", and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said they were "wholly inappropriate and in my view unacceptable".

The report was the result of a dramatic and emotional hearing before the Judiciary Committee last week in which Ford and Kavanaugh recalled the summer of 1982, when she said the attack occurred. Sen.

The FBI had not contacted Ford as of Wednesday morning, her lawyers said.

Imitating Ford's testimony, Trump, who was himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, said: "What neighbourhood was it in?"

"Where's the house? I don't know!" I don't remember. Where is the place? Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said that ridiculing "something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right". "I just say it's kind of appalling", Flake said of Trump's comments. Kavanaugh parried a question from Sen.

Kavanaugh has also not been helped by the emergence of former Yale classmates who have accused him of lying to the committee about his college drinking habits when he told the panel that he "did not drink beer to the point of blacking out". "Wholly inappropriate and entirely unacceptable" chimed in Murkowski. He had previously called Ford a "very credible witness", while continuing to back Kavanaugh.

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Lohan's representatives have yet to respond to the live stream, which was swiftly taken down in the early hours of the morning. I don't think I can ever change what I want..." A tearful Lindsay then turns the camera on herself and says: "I'm in shock ".

"Every single word Mr Kavanaugh has said has been picked apart ... yet if anybody says anything about the accusations that have been thrown against him, that's totally off limits and outrageous".

And speaking at an event hosted by The Atlantic magazine, Trump ally Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said he "didn't particularly like" the president's remarks, adding, "I would tell him, knock it off".

The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn, said the report could be given to senators as soon as Wednesday.

However, Reuters reports that several witnesses who say they have information about the case have tried and failed to speak with FBI investigators.

Republicans now hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate.

Besides Flake and Collins, Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota have yet to declare their positions on Kavanaugh. No Republicans have said they will vote against Kavanaugh. "But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget". It's the "disgrace" of Democrats who have shown "no regard of the process, decency, or standards" of Supreme Court nominee confirmation hearings.

The president seemed to suggest she did not know on what floor of the property the alleged attack had occurred, but Prof Ford told senators she remembered being pushed into a bedroom on the upstairs level. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations.

That claim was further called into question Tuesday after the New York Times published a copy of a letter written by Kavanaugh in 1983 where he warned his friends of the danger of eviction from a beachfront condo they had rented for the weekend.

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