Feinstein Casts Doubt On FBI Investigation If Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh Not Interviewed

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At an evening rally in Mississippi, Trump ridiculed Ford's emotional Senate testimony against his Supreme Court pick Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who Ford says sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the 1980s.

The FBI team examining sexual misconduct claims against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have not yet interviewed his main accuser, her lawyers have said. With a slim majority in the Senate, Republicans can afford few defections, and the remarks outraged some of the swing-vote Republicans on whose vote Kavanaugh's confirmation rests.

Meanwhile, President Trump, who had been somewhat restrained in his comments about all this, shifted course Tuesday at a political rally in MS, where he mocked Ford.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said she didn't share Ford's allegations in order to respect Ford's desire to remain anonymous.

"What neighbourhood was it in?" 'Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?' I don't know.

"I had one beer".

He went on to say: "A man's life is in tatters".

Mr Flake said on United States television: "There's no time and no place for remarks like that, that discuss something this sensitive at a political rally".

"I thought it was obviously insensitive and appalling, frankly".

Collins told reporters, "The president's comments were just plain wrong". Dudley also did not respond to the Times, and Cozzolino declined to comment to the newspaper. However, I have direct and repeated knowledge about his drinking and his disposition while drunk.

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An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from September 23, just a week after the allegations were known, showed interest in the election among white men at 64 percent, higher than in 2010 when Republicans retook the House and 2014 when the GOP took control of the Senate. While some senators from both parties have said they'd like at least a summary of the findings to be released, Senate procedures call for such checks to be kept confidential. He said he expects senators to hurry over to the Judiciary Committee to read it once it's done.

Up until this point, Trump had been surprisingly restrained about Dr. Ford's testimony.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in by Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, before testifying during the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Under Senate rules, McConnell would have to act by Wednesday evening to set up a procedural vote on Kavanaugh for Friday, which would then allow for a final vote on the confirmation Saturday.

Almost three weeks after allegations of sexual misconduct were first publicly made against Judge Kavanaugh, the accusations have yet to be corroborated by any witnesses. Trump trashed Ford even though the FBI is looking into the matter, virtually prejudging the outcome of the limited investigation. But the memo is clearly aimed at assuaging the concerns of a handful of GOP senators who are on the fence about whether to vote to confirm Kavanaugh and are considering whose story - Ford's or Kavanaugh's - to believe. Scrutiny has been building this week on Kavanaugh, not only because of the accusations, but because of his testimony at that hearing.

A 21-year-old man accused Kavanaugh of throwing ice on him "for some unknown reason", according to the report obtained by the Times.

"36 years ago, this happened", Trump said referring to the 1982 party where Ford alleges the assault took place.

That didn't stop White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders from trying on Wednesday.

Professor Charles Ludington, who teaches at North Carolina State University, said he had seen Judge Kavanaugh slurring his words and staggering after excessive alcohol consumption while at Yale.