Federal Bureau of Investigation talks with school friend of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

At a rally later in Southaven, Mississippi, Mr Trump mocked last week's Senate testimony by Prof Christine Blasey Ford, without mentioning her by name.

Flake, the Judiciary Committee member who pushed to delay the vote on Kavanaugh so the FBI could investigate, leveled his criticism the morning after Trump drew laughs for his remarks at a political rally in Mississippi.

Ford claims she told a therapist about the alleged sexual assault during a session in 2012 where she was accompanied by her husband, though she has admitted that Kavanaugh was never named. I don't know. But I had one beer. Instead of that, feel free to check out our new Facebook group, tell us what you think of this newsletter format, get your friends to subscribe and keep up with the latest.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Mr Trump said: "My whole life I've heard, "you're innocent until proven guilty", but now you're guilty until proven innocent". She said that Smyth, like Keyser, was downstairs at the house when the alleged attack took place upstairs.

"It's a very scary time for young men in America", Trump told reporters in Maryland as he scored goals on both sides over the ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. Ford alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.

President Donald Trump's mockery of Christine Blasey Ford sparked an immediate backlash Wednesday among two critical Republican swing votes on the nomination of Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh, with Sens. Flake added, "I wish he hadn't done it". That means if all the Democrats vote against Kavanaugh, Trump could not afford to have more than one Republican oppose his nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence casting a tiebreaking vote.

Under pressure from opposition Democrats and a handful of his own Republicans, Trump on Friday ordered a fresh FBI investigation into allegations of Kavanaugh's misconduct during his youth.

Not so, argued Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, contending the Democrats are simply looking to "move the goalposts" to prevent Kavanaugh's confirmation.

The attack quickly drew scorn from critics, who said such mockery was part of the reason survivors of sexual assault are afraid to go public.

According to a New York Times report, Brett Kavanaugh, coming from a UB40 concert, got into an altercation after mistaking a man for the lead singer of the band.

Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, told reporters: "The resident's comments were just plain wrong".

Trump said he believed Kavanaugh did not lie during his Judiciary Committee testimony about the extent of his drinking in high school and college.

The FBI has already interviewed Mark Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh, as well as at least three other people with information about the allegations made by Ford and a second accuser, Deborah Ramirez.

Both Murkowski and Collins on Tuesday said they are satisfied with the scope and pace of the FBI's background investigation. "That is a very, very hard standard", Trump said outside the White House before leaving on a visit to Philadelphia.

Trump, who was himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, tried to link the allegations against Kavanaugh to what he said was a broader problem. While Flake said Kavanaugh deserves some leeway given what he and his family been through, he said, "We can't have this on the court". A fuming Kavanaugh sparred frequently with Democrats, responding to a question by one about whether he'd ever blacked out while drinking by shooting back, "Have you?" He referred to Avenatti's client, Julie Swetnick, who says Kavanaugh was present during a gang rape in the '80s, as having "no clue" what was going on during a Tuesday NBC interview.

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