McConnell takes key step toward vote on Kavanaugh nomination

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Lindsey Graham Wednesday chided President Donald Trump for mocking the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

Washington is holding its breath while the FBI investigates Brett Kavanaugh, US President Donald Trump's nomination to the Supreme Court bench.

In a statement Wednesday night after McConnell set the vote in motion, Ford's counsel wrote: "An FBI supplemental background investigation that did not include an interview of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford - nor the witnesses who corroborate her testimony - can not be called an investigation".

President Trump has consistently backed Mr Kavanaugh, tweeting late on Wednesday that he was a "fine man".

The FBI is conducting a supplemental background investigation into the nominee after he and Ford testified Thursday before the Judiciary Committee about her allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. But it raises questions about how such words will affect five senators - all moderates - whose votes on Kavanaugh will be decisive. "I just say it's kind of appalling", Mr Flake said.

Democrat senator Chris Coons said he would have expected the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use the entire week it was afforded.

It marked an aggressive change of tactics after Trump had opted to show restraint towards Christine Blasey Ford, calling her a "very credible witness" following her Senate testimony against Judge Brett Kavanaugh last week.

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The letter also says Kavanaugh gave "intemperate, inflammatory" responses and was "discourteous" to senators.

President Trump's comments were met with laughter and applause from the crowd. That's the only thing I remember.

The full Senate is preparing to weigh in on Kavanaugh's nomination with an initial vote on Friday. Four of those interviewed attended a 1 July 1982 event which was listed on a calendar that Mr Kavanaugh has produced to show what he did at the time. I don't know. Where's the house?

Beyond that alleged incident in suburban Maryland, Kavanaugh is accused of having exposed himself to Deborah Ramirez, a Yale University classmate, at a party there when both were undergraduates; and he is further accused by Julie Swetnick of having participated in abusive behavior toward women during his high school years, along with Judge and others.

Despite the new FBI investigation, Democrats claim the White House imposed too many restrictions on its scope, which narrowed how thorough it could be.

In choosing who is telling the truth, 45 percent said Ford is, up from 32 percent ahead of her September 27 testimony.

"We all saw something about Judge Kavanaugh's temperament and character that day that should disqualify him from serving on the Supreme Court of the United States", Hirono said.

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She could not remember other aspects however - prompting Trump to mock her before an auditorium of supporters.

Much of the focus Thursday will be on the reactions of three Republicans whose votes are considered key to Kavanaugh's fate: Flake, Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).

As he flew aboard Air Force One to the MS rally, Trump was also enraged by stories in The New York Times about Kavanaugh's high school and college years and alleging tax avoidance efforts by the president and his family, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

"His mockery of Dr. Ford last night in MS was wrong, but it doesn't really surprise anyone", said Sen. I don't know! But I had one beer. Republicans argue Ford had her say when she testified on Capitol Hill last week.

Almost half of Americans say they oppose Kavanaugh's nomination - 48 percent compared to 41 percent who support it.

"It's a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of", he said, adding: "My whole life, I've heard you're innocent until proven guilty".

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It's not even clear from the report that Kavanaugh was drunk, let alone so drunk as to be in a blackout. I then tried to pull Chris back, and a bunch of other guys tried to pull the other guy back.

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