Senate Republicans Are Setting Up The Final Vote On Brett Kavanaugh Nomination

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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 political rally in MS on Tuesday night, Trump mocked Ford's testimony about the alleged assault in Maryland in 1982 when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17. Both testified last week at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where the Republicans had an independent prosecutor ask their questions for them.

Ford's lawyers have demanded the FBI interview her, and in a letter yesterday to the FBI said, "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".

"Imitating Ford, he added, "'But I had one beer - that's the only thing I remember.' And a man's life is in tatters. I don't expect that P.J. and Leland would remember this evening.

The remark was prompted by Graham's tepid condemnation of last night's MAGA rally, where the president mocked Dr. Ford's testimony to uproarious laughter and applause.

"What neighbourhood was it in?" 'I don't know. I don't know. And I think that - I don't know if this is going to continue onward or are we going to get a vote.

The FBI's supplemental background check into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will be wrapped up soon enough to allow a Senate vote this week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. "His wife is shattered", he said and alleged that the Democrats are behind this. Flake is a key GOP vote in the confirmation battle, and while he said last week he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, he also called for an expanded FBI investigation that resulted in a one-week delay.

The Democratic leader said Wednesday in a floor speech that Trump should apologize for mocking Ford at a rally Tuesday night in Mississippi. "He is a profile in cowardice".

With Republicans holding a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, the loss of any two of their senators would doom Kavanaugh.

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Later, Beckman wrote: "Trump's cruel tirade came after Kavanaugh's former classmates revealed stories of excessive drinking in his youth".

"There is no time and no place for remarks like that, but to discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right". He had previously called Ford a "very credible witness".

The announcement comes as senior congressional sources tell Fox News that the Senate Judiciary Committee has not received the FBI's report on Kavanaugh.

At 8 AM Thursday morning, Chairman Grassley will review the report for one hour.

Trump was more prudent however when asked about the outcome of the upcoming Senate vote on whether to approve Kavanaugh for the highest U.S. court. Flake said. "It's kind of appalling". Prof Ford alleges that Mr Judge also took part in the assault at a high school party in 1982.

No Democrat in the Senate nor anyone in the general public will ever be told what orders President Trump and White House counsel Don McGahn gave to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegation and further sexual misconduct claims against him from two other women.

The FBI will pass its findings to the White House, which will give them to the Senate.