Democrats suggest past Federal Bureau of Investigation checks on Kavanaugh include evidence of inappropriate behavior

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest and march against the U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in New York City. Reuters

Three moderate Republicans who could be pivotal in determining whether the Senate confirms US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh criticised President Donald Trump on Wednesday for mocking a woman who has accused the judge of sexual assault.

Late last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard from both Kavanaugh, and Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her down on a bed and groped her against her will at a high school gathering in 1982.

Flake, the Judiciary Committee member who pushed to delay the vote on Kavanaugh so the FBI could investigate, later told The Washington Post that Trump's comments would not factor into his thinking on the nomination.

"How did you get home?"

"What neighbourhood was it in?" I don't know. Where's the house? 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs, where was it? "I had one beer - that's the only thing I remember", he stated inaccurately.

Feminist author Jessica Valenti tweeted: "I don't have it in me to say something outraged about Trump mocking Dr Blasey Ford".

A man identifying himself as Ford's former boyfriend said in the letter he saw Ford coach a friend on how to be less nervous during a polygraph examination. Trump said when he goes to political rallies, which are organized by Republicans, he sees that voters are angry at the "vicious and despicable" way Democrats are treating his nominee. I wish he hadn't. done it.

Collins on Wednesday called Trump's scoffing at Ford "just plain wrong".

Trump's fellow Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin.

Senate GOP leadership doesn't intend to make the Federal Bureau of Investigation report on Kavanaugh public, and Republicans who want to release it don't seem willing to force McConnell's hand. Sen.

Senator Joni Ernst from Iowa, said Ford's story hasn't been corroborated and people should be presumed innocent until proved guilty.

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They forced the White House to open a supplemental background investigation of sexual misconduct allegations against the judge . Though the FBI takes its orders from Trump, he said he's being "guided" by senators on the investigation's scope.

Both Kavanaugh and Judge have denied the allegations made against them.

Trump limited the investigation to no more than a week.

Amid McConnell's remarks Wednesday night, Trump tweeted that there was "such enthusiasm and energy for Judge Brett Kavanaugh".

NBC White House correspondent Hallie Jackson and NBC political editor Mark Murray pushed back on this White House fact claim.

But Sanders argued that Trump was simply pointing out gaps in Ford's testimony that had also been noted by sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who was hired by Republican senators to question her during the hearing. There are facts that she can not remember: "how she got home, how she got there, where the house was, what the date was".

The FBI is expected to send Congress a report on its revived sexual harassment investigation of Brett Kavanaugh as soon as Wednesday afternoon, Republican senators said of the pivotal document that could make or break his Supreme Court nomination.

Afterward, law professors across the country began discussing "with great distress, the unprecedented and unfathomable demeanor of Judge Kavanaugh", said Bernard Harcourt, a professor at Columbia Law School.

GOP lawmakers emerging from a closed-door lunch said that if the report arrived later in the day, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would trigger a process that could lead to a crucial initial vote Friday and a climactic confirmation roll call over the weekend.

"Although we do not know the status of the investigation, we are not aware of the FBI affirmatively reaching out to any of those witnesses", Clune said. "This is all part of the organised effort to delay, obstruct and intimidate, including those of us who will be voting this week".

Michael Mukasey, a former US attorney general under President George W. Bush, said the supplemental FBI background investigation would cover credible allegations of misconduct. And Democrats argued that the investigation has been insufficient, lacking interviews with her, with Kavanaugh and others who Kavanaugh's accusers have said could have knowledge about the alleged incidents.

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