Key Republicans criticise Trump for 'appalling' mockery of Kavanaugh accuser

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"They destroy people, these are really evil people", he said.

However, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the Democrats are simply looking to "move the goalposts" to prevent Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Mr Flake and senators Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were instrumental last week in holding up Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation vote.

The FBI is now undertaking an investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, at the request of Democrats on the committee and a few Republicans in the Senate, including Sen. Another Yale classmate, Jennifer Klaus, said she often socialized with Kavanaugh at Yale and vigorously disputed his portrayal of himself. 'I don't know.' Where's the house? I don't know. I don't know. "'I don't remember, '" Trump said at the rally Tuesday in Southaven. 'I don't remember.' Where is the place? But 84 per cent of Republicans - including more than 8 in 10 Republican men and women - said Kavanaugh should be confirmed. "I just say it's kind of appalling".

CNN quoted her as saying on Wednesday morning: "The president's comments were just plain wrong".

Trump's commentary has not been received well by Republican lawmakers, including Sen.

"So President Trump went through a factual rendition that I didn't particularly like and I would tell him "knock it off. The President's comments yesterday mocking Dr Ford were wholly inappropriate and, in my view, unacceptable".

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

President Trump continued his defense Tuesday of his Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, mocking one of Kavanaugh's accusers at a MS campaign rally.

On Trump's performance in MS, she said, "I'd prefer that we all have some grace here".

The FBI's report will be delivered to the hill no later than Thursday. "The President is very confident in his nominee, as he's stated time and time again, and we expect the Senate to vote, and we hope they do that soon".

But the undecided senators - Flake, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, all Republicans; and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, both Democrats - are keeping an open mind.

Graham doubled down on his recommendation that Trump renominate Kavanaugh if the Senate fails to confirm him, which the SC senator said would turn November's midterms into a referendum on the vacant Supreme Court seat.

Graham accused Democrats of stalling and doing anything they possibly could to keep the Supreme Court seat vacant in case they retake the White House in 2020.

Opposition among Americans to Kavanaugh has increased since last week's hearing, Reuters/Ipsos polling data showed on Wednesday. "Last night he chose to blow it as the Federal Bureau of Investigation is handing in the report as early as today".

In the letter, Democrats wrote that the tweet wasn't consistent with what senators learned in a briefing on a confidential background investigation into Kavanaugh's history.

At a White House briefing, Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders defended his remarks in MS and said he was not concerned the comments may have jeopardized the votes of key senators.

The FBI interviewed several people, including three who Ford has said attended a 1982 high school gathering in suburban Maryland where she says Kavanaugh's attack occurred, plus another Kavanaugh friend.

Democrats argued that the investigation has been insufficient, lacking interviews with her, with Kavanaugh and others who his accusers have said could know about the alleged incidents.

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