Key U.S. senators criticise Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser

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It was a striking change of tactic after the USA president had opted to show restraint towards Christine Blasey Ford, and called her a "very credible witness" during her Senate testimony against Judge Brett Kavanaugh last week.

She told CBS This Morning on Tuesday that California college professor Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh lacks corroboration.

At the Capitol, Schumer said questions surrounding Kavanaugh extend beyond sexual assault and now encompass his truthfulness and judicial temperament.

"What neighbourhood was it in?"

"I don't know what Brett was doing in the melee, but there was blood, there was glass, there was beer and there was some shouting, and then the police showed up", Ludington added. 'I don't know.' Where's the house? Asked whether he was more anxious about his sons or daughters, Trump Jr. said, "Right now, I'd say my sons".

Besides Ford, two other women have publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct while he was in high school or college.

"And a man's life is in tatters, a man's life is shattered, his wife is shattered, his daughters - who are attractive, incredible young kids", he said.

Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the No. 3 Senate Republican, also said he expected that "in these circumstances", the report would be made public.

The idea that people in the USA are wrongfully "guilty until proven innocent" is an idea that wasn't manifesting itself politically on the right until last week, GOP pollster Frank Luntz told The Washington Post. I wish he hadn't of done it.

"Thirty-six years ago this happened: I had one beer", he said.

"He has grossly mischaracterized his relationship with alcohol", Schumer said, characterizing Kavanaugh as someone who "tiptoes around the truth". But it raises questions about how such words will affect five senators - all moderates - whose votes on Kavanaugh will be decisive.

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Trump's fellow Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin.

Chad Ludington, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh, said in a media statement the judge was not truthful during his Senate testimony last week about his drinking and that Kavanaugh was "a frequent drinker and a heavy drinker" at Yale who often got belligerent and aggressive when drunk.

Trump, however, spent far more time discussing Kavanaugh's confirmation process than Hyde-Smith's candidacy. "Think of your husband", Trump told the rally, noting he has had "many false allegations" against him.

Trump ordered the FBI investigation last Friday, limiting its duration to no more than a week.

Trump's comments echoed a message his son, Donald Trump Jr., relayed in an interview that aired this week on DailyMailTV. "If they can corroborate and there's lying I think everyone's said that". The White House declined to comment Tuesday on whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation report - which will not come to a conclusion on whether the accusations are credible - or a version of it will be made public. She was appointed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Senator Thad Cochran, who retired in April this year.

"To turn her testimony into a political rally punchline ..."

The fight over Kavanaugh's nomination comes against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men. Cindy Hyde Smith (R-Miss.) at a Make America Great Again rally in Southaven, Miss., on October 2, 2018. They plan a Senate vote on him later this week. "We deal with this fear at work everyday, it's good that people in power, like Trump, become the voice of resistance". "This is all part of the organised effort to delay, obstruct and intimidate, including those of us who will be voting this week". His daughters who are lovely, incredible young kids - they destroy people, they want to destroy people.

Others interviewed include Mark Judge, who Ford has said was in the bedroom where, she says, a drunken Kavanaugh sexually attacked her at a 1982 high school gathering. Judge, Smyth and Keyser say they don't recall the incident described by Ford.

According to the police report, Kavanaugh was reluctant to say whether "he threw the ice or not".

If true, the claim could contradict testimony Ford gave last week, when she told senators she had never given tips or advice to anyone taking a lie detector test.