US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has given up a teaching position at Harvard Law School, a spokesman said Tuesday, as he contends with sexual assault and harassment allegations.
Speaking at a press briefing at the White House, Sanders argued that Trump was not making fun of the California psychology professor, who alleged that as a teenager Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh held her down, put his hand over her mouth and tried to remove her clothing. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations.
Trump's Ford mocking is not the problem, the White House representative told reporters.
The FBI has interviewed Mr Kavanaugh's former Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez, who says he exposed himself to her at a college party. The Senate is likely to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation by the end of the week.
The FBI's supplemental investigation began last Friday night, USA time, after an official request from the Senate judiciary committee and an order from the White House. "But I eventually was able to get up the gumption with the help of some friends and get on the plane", Dr Ford testified.
"This is unfair. What they're doing to this good, decent man can not stand", Graham said.
Republicans noted that a bipartisan memorandum of understanding in 2009 dictates the handling of such reports.
Democrats questioned the secrecy - and the decision to rely on the standard procedure - given the significance. Republican Senators John Kennedy and Roy Blunt said the Federal Bureau of Investigation report should be made public. "And right now, that's sort of where our focus needs to be", said Sen.More news: Amazon Raises Minimum Wage To $15/Hour
"This is another part of their moving the goal posts, which is happening at the speed of light at this point", said Carrie Severino, chief counsel for the Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative advocacy group. Among all voters, however, 48 percent said that the Senate should reject him, while 42 percent want him confirmed. And once that report lands, few may see it: Republicans plan to lock it in a safe, restricting its distribution and making senators view the report in a secure meeting - dive into the nitty-gritty on the report, if you'd like. John Kennedy, R. -La., on the Judiciary Committee. While some senators from both parties have said they'd like at least a summary of the findings to be released, Senate procedures call for such checks to be kept confidential.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday echoed the president's newly aggressive approach. I thought she was handled respectfully.
"It is troubling that the committee majority has characterized information from Judge Kavanaugh's confidential background investigation on Twitter, as that information is confidential and not subject to public release, " Democrats, led by Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat of IL, wrote to the committee's chairman, Chuck Grassley.
The FBI had not contacted Ford as of Wednesday morning, her lawyers said.
Bob Corker told reporters after a closed-door GOP lunch on Capitol Hill, because the FBI does not make conclusions in a background investigation. Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who sits on the Judiciary Committee and is a frequent Trump critic, slammed Trump for the remark.
It is not clear whether the document will draw conclusions about the allegations.
"The president was stating the facts", Sanders said.
"There is no chance in the world that they're going to scare us out of doing our duty", he said. The FBI probably won't try to resolve disputes between conflicting witnesses, and witnesses wouldn't be tested by polygraph, he said. She did not respond when asked if his comments would affect her vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation.