As he flew aboard Air Force One to the MS rally, Trump was enraged by New York Times articles 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. "This is a very hard time".
The U.S. Senate braced for a crucial initial vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh's tottering Supreme Court nomination after majority leader Mitch McConnell set his polarized chamber on a schedule to decide which party wins an election-season battle royale that has consumed the nation.
The FBI has completed its interview of Mark Judge, a key witness to the alleged incident between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and professor Christine Blasey Ford, but the agency hasn't contacted Ford, their representatives said Tuesday. Kavanaugh has denied the claims. Underscoring the GOP effort to vote on Kavanaugh quickly - and end the chances for fresh allegations to emerge - he said "it shouldn't take long" for lawmakers to read the report.
But White House counselor Kellyanne Conway brushed off criticism of the President and bolstered the toughened White House line towards Ford.
"Arizona's Jeff Flake - who insisted on a weeklong delay in a confirmation vote so the FBI can have another investigation - called Trump's remarks" appalling". With Republicans clinging to a razor-thin 51-49 majority and five senators - including three Republicans - still vacillating, the conservative jurist's prospects of Senate confirmation remained murky and highly dependent on the file's contents, which are supposed to be kept secret.
President Trump has insisted publicly he was not curtailing the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.
During the 2016 campaign, at least 15 women accused President Trump of misbehavior ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behavior around women.
"You could be somebody that was flawless their entire life and someone could accuse you of something", Trump told reporters Tuesday afternoon. "You are truly guilty until proven innocent". "God, I hope you never get it". Trump said, reiterating a question Ford was asked by the committee.
Blumenthal told Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "The Situation Room" that "The clarification of that tweet would require me to go into the FBI report, but what that tweet highlights very dramatically and directly is the need for a full investigation, and for the public to know what's in that investigation, which is why it should be made public and why the facts here are really so important". "I know this because I heard Brett and his friends using these terms on multiple occasions".
"And a man's life is in tatters", Trump added.
As the crowd cheered and laughed, Trump continued: 'What neighborhood was it in?
President Trump had previously been conciliatory toward Ford, calling her a "good witness" earlier on Tuesday and on Monday saying he respected her position very much. "We want Kavanaugh!" had quieted.
"Think of your son", Trump said.
A vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
Trump's comments echoed a message his son, Donald Trump Jr., relayed in an interview that aired this week on DailyMailTV. It's not like I want to protect my friend, ' he said.
"Well, do you think it was- nope, it was one beer".
"To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right".
In a Twitter post, Mr Trump did not back away from his rally comments, instead attacking Mr Kavanaugh's Democrat critics.