Sen. Angus King: 'Made Me Feel Sick' to Hear Trump Mock Ford

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"And this information comes on top of what has already been one of the most thorough, most exhaustive Senate reviews of any Supreme Court nominee in our nation's history".

Jeff Flake, one of three Republicans crucial to Kavanaugh's being approved for the court but seen as undecided, called Trump's ridicule of Christine Blasey Ford in a MS campaign speech "appalling".

In a statement, lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say the additional FBI background investigation didn't include interviewing Ford or the witnesses they say corroborate her testimony. For both the judge, and the nation, the stakes are high: If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the swing vote on a deeply divided court. "I think "appalling" is an appropriate adjective". "And right now, that's sort of where our focus needs to be", said Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, who has traded barbs with Trump and will retire at year's end.

She told reporters Dr Ford has "been treated like a Faberge egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president".

In testimony during which he grimaced, sobbed, and repeatedly pushed his tongue into his cheek, Kavanaugh said he was the victim of a political conspiracy.

But Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, calling Trump's remarks "reprehensible,"said the president owes Blasey Ford an immediate apology". 'I don't remember.' Where is the place?

The full Senate is preparing to weigh in on Kavanaugh's nomination with an initial vote on Friday. Senators were to be granted access to review it during the day on Thursday.

However the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not looking at allegations made by a third woman, Julie Swetnick, that Mr Kavanaugh was involved in the drugging and sexual assault of girls at house parties in the 1980s. "I know this because I heard Brett and his friends using these terms on multiple occasions".

Washington has been awaiting completion of the investigation since last week, when Flake, Collins and Murkowski pressured a reluctant Trump and Republican leaders to order the FBI to renew its background check of the 53-year-old Kavanaugh.

Democrats argued that the investigation has been insufficient, lacking interviews with her, with Kavanaugh and others who his accusers have said could know about the alleged incidents. But, he said in a press release, "If his nomination were to fall short, I would encourage President Trump to re-nominate Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court".

Later on Wednesday, moderate Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski joined in the criticism, saying Mr Trump's speech was "wholly inappropriate" and "unacceptable".

"With all of that you can not say that we've done anything but be respectful, and I do". 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?

Sen. Lindsey Graham defended President Donald Trump's mocking of Christine Blasey Ford, arguing that it was less degrading than how some Democrats responded to accusations against Bill Clinton.

Almost half of Americans say they oppose Kavanaugh's nomination - 48 percent compared to 41 percent who support it. "I never saw Brett black out or not be able to remember the prior evening's events, nor did I ever see Brett act aggressive, hostile or in a sexually aggressive manner to women", wrote one of them, Dan Murphy, a former suitemate of Kavanaugh.

"And a man's life is in tatters". Roche wrote an opinion piece published by Slate on Wednesday evening, United States time, where he says he was a roommate of Kavanaugh at Yale.

With just over a month to go until the consequential midterm elections across the country that will determine who controls Congress, Republicans are gambling that several of the key groups leaning toward Democrats - young people, Latinos and independents - won't show up in big numbers at the polls.