US Senate Could Hold Final Kavanaugh Vote Saturday

Michael Bromwich, Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer, rips Trump for 'vicious, vile and soulless attack'

Michael Bromwich, Christine Blasey Ford's lawyer, rips Trump for 'vicious, vile and soulless attack'

As the Senate awaited a new Federal Bureau of Investigation report on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump fended off backlash over a jaw-dropping New York Times report and his mocking of the woman who sparked Kavanaugh's turmoil in the first place.

Mr McConnell, a Republican, filed a petition for a cloture vote, which if successful would limit debate on the nomination and start the clock ticking on a final 30-hour waiting period before a Senate confirmation vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has taken a key procedural step to begin voting on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

In the letter, the professors said: 'We regret that we feel compelled to write to you, our Senators, to provide our views that at the Senate hearings on September 27, Judge Brett Kavanaugh displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for elevation to the highest court of this land.

Separately, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME told reporters, "The president's comments were just plain wrong", and Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said they were "wholly inappropriate and in my view unacceptable".

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

President Donald Trump ordered this new investigation last week in relation to claims from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. While an interview was conducted with Deborah Ramirez, who said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at Yale, investigators did not, as far as Ramirez's legal team knew, speak to any of the 20 people she said may be able to corroborate her story.

The investigation was launched in the wake of a string of allegations levelled against Kavanaugh as the Senate Judiciary Committee deliberated on his confirmation. Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who questioned Prof Ford during testimony, said she had told a polygrapher it happened in the early 80s, then crossed out the word "early".

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Collins and Murkowski are two moderate members of the Republican caucus, both of whom support abortion rights and have been under pressure to oppose Kavanaugh since he was nominated.

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Trump began by talking of the massive threat that North Korea posed before he took office in January 2017. During the West Virginia rally, Mr Trump told supporters that Mr Kim is interested in a second meeting.

Trump's statements on Ford have swung dramatically since her testimony. "Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?"

"And a man's life is in tatters", Mr Trump added.

Trump spent much of the rally, however, lamenting the treatment of Kavanaugh by Democrats, whose attacks, he said, had taken their toll on the judge's family. Two Senate staff members say the plan is to have separate times for Democrats and Republicans.

The senator said he was requesting the recordings because the committee has obtained a letter that "raises specific concerns" about the reliability of Ford's polygraph test.

Christine Blasey Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, on September 27, 2018.

"Everything he said is factual", Graham said. "I know this because I heard Brett and his friends using these terms on multiple occasions".

She went on to accuse the Democrats of launching a "full scale assault on" Mr Kavanaugh's integrity, calling it "a co-ordinated smear campaign".

Also interviewed was Tim Gaudette, a high school classmate of Kavanaugh. Judge, Smyth and Keyser say they don't recall the incident described by Ford.

Despite the new FBI investigation, Democrats claim the White House imposed too many restrictions on its scope, which narrowed how thorough it could be.

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