After days of restraint, Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser

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The F.B.I.is now looking into the allegations against Kavanaugh and is expected to wrap up its investigation this week.

Trump and Senate Republicans have instructed the FBI to investigate it and any other "credible allegations" against him, but the president also said "speed" was important in the process. "'I don't know.' 'But I had one beer, that's the only thing I remember, '" the president said in a mocking tone. Trump said. "And a man's life is in tatters!"

Still, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants all senators to be briefed by the FBI on its investigation at least 24 hours before senators take a procedural vote to advance Kavanaugh's nomination.

"I think that if you did anything different than it's been done in all the years I've been in the Senate, you might actually hurt the Federal Bureau of Investigation getting the information they want", Grassley said.

Before departing the White House, Trump tweeted, "THE ONLY REASON TO VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT IS IF YOU'RE TIRED OF WINNING!"

Flake, who pushed for a delay for the FBI to investigate the assault allegations, said he was keeping an open mind on the nomination.

"If Kavanaugh lied, it's awful...unacceptable", Donald Trump said - and that's a long way from his unequivocal support for the nominee a few weeks ago. A final vote on Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court has since been delayed.

His appointment would be a major victory for Mr Trump's administration as it would tilt the country's top court in favour of conservatives for years to come.

Some Republicans fear pushing ahead with Kavanaugh's confirmation could alienate women voters, while Democrats are seeking to capitalize on the controversy.

For those of us bingewatching the Trump method, this is straight out of the classic Trump playbook that goes back to the 2016 campaign.

He previously called her a "credible" witness. "Throwing ice 33 years ago, or her opinion of Judge Kavanaugh in July?"

White House: FBI Investigation Into Kavanaugh Isn't Being Limited
The FBI is investigating the accusation at the behest of senators who sent Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate on Friday. Walsh and Democratic congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley addressed the crowd.

He and Kavanaugh were classmates at Georgetown Preparatory School, an elite private school outside Washington.

Ford has said the incident happened in an upstairs room at a gathering of teenagers and that she is "100 percent" certain it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her, although she has acknowledged that her memories of other details of the evening remain unclear.

Garrett's lawyer, William Sullivan, says Garrett has voluntarily cooperated with the FBI's reopened background check of Kavanaugh and has finished his interview.

But Tuesday evening, in a written declaration, Ford's ex-boyfriend, whose name was redacted, claimed he saw Ford helping a woman he believed was her "life-long best friend" prepare for a potential polygraph test. Reuters was unable to verify the report or reach the people named.

McConnell referred to Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing Swetnick, as a "tabloid lawyer" and said he is pushing allegations about "one wild party after another filled with sexual violence for which there happened to be zero witnesses". "These are really evil people", he added in an attack directed towards the Democrats.

Republicans hold a 51-49 Senate majority heading into next month's midterm elections that will determine which political party controls both houses of Congress.

Flake is one of a handful of moderate Republicans in the Senate whose votes could seal Kavanaugh's fate.

This is "a scary time", Trump said Tuesday. Trump Jr. said he fears more for his sons than for his daughters in the age of #MeToo.

"I don't have all the answers, and I don't remember as much as I would like to", she said. Trump did not elaborate.

So far, no Republicans have said they would vote against Kavanaugh.

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