Sens. Flake, Collins criticize Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser at political rally

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"Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford", Mr. Walsh said. And Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who forced an FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge, said in an interview on the "Today" show that mocking "something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right".

"It's just not right".

Mr Flake added: "I wish he hadn't done it. Whether you like it or not, I really don't care", Graham said.

Collins told CNN's Manu Raju that the comments were "just plain wrong".


The allegations, he said, had a great impact on Judge Kavanaugh.

Last week, the Senate judiciary committee voted along party lines to advance Kavanaugh's nomination for the consideration of the full chamber. He said senators will not be intimidated by the protesters opposed to Kavanaugh who have been confronting them in the hallways of the Capitol, at airports, and at their homes.

As supporters cheered him on, the president ridiculed Ford's emotional testimony before the Senate judiciary committee last week, where she conceded she could not remember certain details but vividly recounted the alleged assault by Kavanaugh.

As the Senate Judiciary Committee vote is now on pause pending an FBI investigation into Kavanaugh, this is probably the worst thing Trump could have done to help his case. Sen.


She could not remember other aspects however - prompting Trump to mock her before an auditorium of supporters. And I think that - I don't know if this is going to continue onward or are we going to get a vote. Asked whether the President's attack would sway her vote, she answered: "I am taking everything into account". I don't remember. Where was the place? "It's disappointing that Dr. Ford's attorneys were willing to share evidence with The Washington Post many weeks ago but to this day refuse to share the same evidence, which Dr. Ford relied on in her testimony, with the Senate". "I don't know", Trump said, flailing his arms around to mock her as he has some of his political foes or journalists during similar events in the past. "I hope the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been allowed to follow all the reasonable leads that were before the committee last week, and I know that puts them under a lot of pressure, but they have the resources to do it".

Neither you nor I will ever be allowed to read the report. Then last night, he got up in front of this crowd, and he was mimicking her and the fact that, you know, she can't remember every single thing that happened that night. She knew what she was up against when she came forward but spoke out because she felt it was her civic duty.

Ford's lawyer Michael Bromwich called Trump's attack "vicious, vile and soulless". "He is a profile in cowardice".

He had previously called Dr Ford a "very credible witness". He said Trump is "degrading" the way people are treating one another and doing "permanent damage" to the country with his comments. And I do. And I respect her position very much.


She also accused Senate Democrats of "exploiting" her, even as key Republican senators admonished Trump over his comments.

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