Key senators take aim at Trump for attacking Kavanaugh witness

Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford

And I think the country needs to be behind it and we need a more bipartisan process. "I think there are serious questions about both his credibility and his temperament that may to some senators be more important than the activities that occurred in high school". Scrutiny has been building this week on Kavanaugh, not only because of the accusations, but because of his testimony at that hearing.

On Friday, Mr Trump ordered the FBI to carry out an investigation lasting up to a week into the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh, acting on a request from Senate Republican leaders who were pressed by moderate senators in Mr Trump's own party.

Kavanaugh was questioned after the 1985 altercation but wasn't arrested.

The laughter, cheers and applause from the crowd after Trump appeared to mock Ford's testimony suggested those in attendance agreed with the president's assessment that men are living with an increasing threat of being falsely accused of sexual assault.

"This is another part of their moving the goal posts, which is happening at the speed of light at this point", said Carrie Severino, chief counsel for the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative advocacy group.

Separately, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told reporters, "The president's comments were just plain wrong", and Sen.

"I don't understand this tweet, " he told a guest.

Polls show Republicans are more likely to be sceptical of the #MeToo movement, which has spurred women to come forward with their stories of sexual assault and harassment, and to believe it has gone too far.

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Ford said she didn't remember some details but that others were "seared into [her] memory".

He said Kavanaugh - who has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia for 12 years and worked in the George W. Bush White House before that - clearly fits that description. He is young enough, 53, that he could shape American jurisprudence for decades to come.

Trump is the second president to speak at the Landers Center - former President George W. Bush made an appearance there in 2003.

He said the pressure will be on Democrats in predominantly red states that Trump won in 2016, such as Sens. Last week, she testified that Kavanaugh pinned her on a bed, tried to take off her clothes and covered her mouth in the early 1980s, when the two were teenagers. He was partisan. He went on the attack against senators questioning him. "We don't want a Supreme Court whose credibility is in doubt".

Mr Kavanaugh denies any wrongdoing. Underscoring the GOP effort to vote on Kavanaugh quickly - and stuff a cork on the chances for fresh allegations to emerge - he said "it shouldn't take long" for lawmakers to read that report. Jeff Flake of Arizona said.

In a statement released Sunday, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh's said he is "deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization by Brett himself of his drinking at Yale".

Meanwhile, statements from a separate Kavanaugh accuser, Julie Swetnick, have faced similar scrutiny from past lovers.

In a separate statement on Twitter, John Clune, who represents another accuser, Deborah Ramirez, said Federal Bureau of Investigation agents interviewed her on Sunday and accepted a list of more than 20 witnesses who can support her allegations. "If he can lie about this, what else can he lie about?" "When did it happen, where did it happen, who was present, who did you tell, who might have heard, who were your friends, who was the other person's friends?"

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