Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

'Just Plain Wrong.' Susan Collins Criticizes Trump's Mocking of Christine Blasey Ford

'Just Plain Wrong.' Susan Collins Criticizes Trump's Mocking of Christine Blasey Ford

In front of a crowd of supporters Tuesday night in Mississippi, Trump gave an apparent re-enactment of Ford's testimony, mockingly portraying what he described as holes in her testimony.

"I had one beer!" he said, which Blasey Ford testified regarding her alcohol consumption at the Maryland party where she alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her.

The F.B.I.is now looking into the allegations against Kavanaugh and is expected to wrap up its investigation this week.

Michael R. Bromwich, a lawyer for Blasey Ford, called Trump's comments a "vicious, vile and soulless attack" on her. Bromwich said. "She is a remarkable profile in courage. I don't remember", Trump said, mocking Ford's answers during last week's hearing.

Democrats, meanwhile, demanded that the White House divulge its instructions to the FBI in ordering the investigation, that the FBI's report be made public, and that the bureau's lead investigators brief senators about their their findings.

It marked an aggressive change of tactics after the USA president 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.

Trump's attack on Ford comes only days after he praised Ford.

Chants of "we want Kavanaugh" also echoed through the venue in MS as the president backed his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual assault allegations. I don't remember. How many years ago was it?

The assessments of Collins and Flake, the Judiciary Committee member who pushed to delay the vote on Kavanaugh so the FBI could investigate, came the morning after Trump drew laughs for his remarks at a political rally in Mississippi. Jeff Flake and Alaska Sen.

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President Trump at a rally in Southaven, Miss.

But he said they are not following up at all on Ramirez's account that Kavanaugh thrust his genitals in her face, forcing her to touch them without her consent, during an alcohol-fueled party when they were students at Yale University in the mid-1980s.

"I wonder about the wisdom, as much as the crowd loved it, I wonder about the wisdom tactically of him doing that".

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the confirmation vote will occur once senators of both parties have a chance to review the FBI's conclusions.

"I want them to do a very comprehensive investigation". Her lawyers wrote to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on October 2, saying there had been "no response to our offer for Dr. Ford to be interviewed".

As a vote nears, Democrats have also sought to highlight concerns about Kavanaugh's temperament, pointing to moments in last week's hearing in which he grew testy at senators and was emotional at other points.

Protesters have also focused on two other senators who are undecided on Kavanaugh - moderate Republicans Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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