Trump mocks woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault

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"This is a very, very, very hard time", he said.

Stressing that United States lawmakers are demonstrating double standards in the scandal-ridden confirmation process of his protégé, Trump on Tuesday noted a drastic departure from the core American and basic legal principle of "innocent until proven guilty".

The nomination has become a politically explosive issue ahead of November 6 elections, when control of Congress is at stake.

The FBI is conducting a Senate-requested probe into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, whom Trump described as "a great judge" who "has been very brutally treated".

I have heard from so many female friends of mine over the past two weeks telling me their stories - things they might not ever have shared if we were not facing the current situation. Trump told the crowd they should do an online search for "Patrick Leahy slash drink".

Some Republicans and White House allies have suggested the allegations against Kavanaugh can be potent political fodder in the run-up to November 6, animating GOP voters who have so far lacked the same motivation to head to the polls as their Democratic counterparts. "I had one beer", Trump said as he began mocking Dr. Ford's gaps in memory to the rally audience. I don't remember. Where is the place?

Officials said Trump is seeking to boost Hyde-Smith as close as possible to the 50 percent threshold and lend momentum for a possible runoff.

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"That's why I am supporting Josh Hawley and calling on Senator McCaskill to remove my name and quote from her ad".

"I tell myself, 'You give a little leeway because of what he's been through.' But on the other hand, we can't have this on the court".

But earlier, the Senate Democratic leader claimed there was "mounting evidence that Judge Kavanaugh is just not credible".

"She testified for hours, and she remembered a whole lot more than the fact that she had one beer". Flake, Murkowski, and Collins from voting in Kavanaugh's favor.

In last week's hearing, Blasey Ford said Judge witnessed Kavanaugh's alleged assault and jumped on top of them as it happened, sending all 3 tumbling and allowing her to escape.

In addition to Ford's allegations, Deborah Ramirez, a former classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale, has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself at a drunken party during the 1983-84 academic year. She was questioned for more than two hours on Sunday and provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation with a list of over 20 possible witnesses, the person said.

At least 22 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct between the late 1970s and 2013.

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