Why the Federal Bureau of Investigation hasn't interviewed Kavanaugh or Ford

Brett Kavanaugh the Supreme Court nominee during his heated testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Brett Kavanaugh the Supreme Court nominee during his heated testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Credit ANDREW HARNIK AFP

You'd think there would be little one could say to defend President Donald Trump's mocking of Christine Blasey Ford at his Tuesday night rally in Mississippi.

This comes shortly after Kavanaugh expressed worry this would be the outcome during his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. How did you get home? "I don't know but I had one beer that's the only thing I remember!"

"All I can tell you is I have not talked to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, I have not talked to the White House", Grassley told reporters Wednesday afternoon. On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett, I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man's face and starting a fight that ended with one of our mutual friends in jail.

Sanders defended Trump's criticism of Ford's accusations and blasted the Democrats for not finding a way to confidentially share Ford's initial allegation to Republicans on the Judiciary Committee. After meeting with Kavanaugh, Collins said she was satisfied with his answers and did not think he would overturn Roe.

"A vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford".

"She is a remarkable profile in courage. He is a profile in cowardice", Michael Bromwich wrote on Twitter.

Mr Flake said on USA television: "There's no time and no place for remarks like that, that discuss something this sensitive at a political rally". "It's kind of appalling".

FBI investigators had not reached out to a third woman who said she witnessed Kavanaugh engage in "inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s", her attorney, Michael Avenatti, wrote on Twitter early Sunday morning. But he said the nomination would be over if it was revealed Kavanaugh had lied to the committee in his testimony. This was always about Democrats trying to force Kavanaugh to bail or to push the vote past the November 6 midterm elections in which the Democrats hope to retake control of the Senate.

Trump has "taken the bait and gone out and directly tweeted at her, " Kilmeade said, worrying that attacking Newman would only help her sell more copies of her book. "It's all just so terrible and depressing".

And it wasn't clear why the FBI hasn't yet talked to other people who have been recommended by lawyers or who have voluntarily come forward - or if the bureau would need explicit approval to talk with them as well.

However, on Tuesday night the president mocked her evidence about the alleged assault in Maryland in 1982 when she was 15 and Mr Kavanaugh was 17. In the statement, a man who says he is Ford's former boyfriend says he saw Ford, a psychology professor, coach a friend on how to be less nervous during a polygraph examination. "These are really evil people", he said. Five months into her Senate appointment, Hyde-Smith has proven to be the most reliable Trump ally, voting with the president 100 percent of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight. Leahy's office didn't immediately return a message seeking comment on Tuesday. Flake has given conflicting reports as to how much that conversation influenced his thinking, but many credit the two women for prompting the Arizona Republican to have second thoughts about proceeding to a full Senate vote. Depending on how Republicans perform on November 6, the eyes of the nation could fall on a November 27 MS runoff in what could become an expensive and high-profile race to determine control of the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said the chamber will vote on Kavanaugh later this week, and the conservative jurist's fate is in the hands of a handful of undecided GOP and Democratic senators. In the letter, the lawyers ask for a call with Wray or the supervisory special agent in charge of the investigation. Retiring Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is among those who say the Senate's handling of the allegations against Kavanaugh has created an impression that the issue of sexual assault is itself political.

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