Trump comments on Ford ‘appalling…cruel,’ Dianne Feinstein says

Trump comments on Ford ‘appalling…cruel,’ Dianne Feinstein says

Trump at his rally derided Ford over some details concerning her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, and Roberts asked why the president felt compelled to do so.

Trump said Democrats have been trying to "demolish, destroy and delay" Kavanaugh, whose Supreme Court confirmation vote was delayed by the Senate last week while the Federal Bureau of Investigation looks into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Sen. Lindsey Graham joined Sean Hannity to weigh in on the political implications of the Brett Kavanaugh controversy, warning red state Senate Democrats up for re-election in November that they're "toast" if they vote "no" on the Supreme Court nominee.

Controversy surrounding the Kavanaugh nomination ahead of November mid-term elections - in which Republicans are facing an uphill battle to keep control of Congress - is threatening to derail Trump's push to get a conservative majority on the Supreme Court before the vote.

The temperature around the vote has gone up dramatically in the past 24 hours, with President Trump on Tuesday evening mocking Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford at a campaign rally. She would not say if the remarks would affect her vote.

"What neighbourhood was it in?" 'Where's the house?' I don't know. I don't know. I don't know. 'I don't know. Upstairs.

Mr Trump said he had requested that the Federal Bureau of Investigation be given free rein, but added: "I'd like it to go quickly".

Republicans argue the Kavanaugh debate will drive enthusiasm among men and women. "I wish he hadn't had done it", Flake told NBC's Savannah Guthrie on "Today", adding, "It's kind of appalling". "The president's comments yesterday mocking Dr. Ford were wholly inappropriate and, in my view, unacceptable".

But the White House said Wednesday it was up to the GOP-controlled Senate.

"Despite these efforts, we have received no response from anyone involved in this investigation, and no response to our offer for Dr Ford to be interviewed", they said in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and General Counsel Dana Boente. He said he expects senators to hurry over to the Judiciary Committee to read it once it's done.

A day after the hearing, Trump had called Ford "a very credible witness" who provided "very compelling" testimony.

Under Senate rules, McConnell would have to act by Wednesday evening to set up a procedural vote on Kavanaugh for Friday, which would then allow for a final vote on the confirmation Saturday.

Mr Kavanaugh has denied Ms Ford's allegations.

Whether that report will make its way into the public's hands is unclear.

I do not believe that the heavy drinking or even loutish behavior of an 18 or even 21 year old should condemn a person for the rest of his life.

And she criticized the media and Democratic lawmakers for picking apart every word Kavanaugh has said without giving ample scrutiny to what the White House increasingly characterizes as Ford's inconsistent comments about the night in question.

"With that being said, I'd like it to go quickly ..."

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "the president was stating the facts" at a MS rally where he imitated Professor Christine Blasey Ford.

She told reporters Dr Ford has "been treated like a Faberge egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president". Kavanaugh testified he has never assaulted anyone.