Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who was hired by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans to question Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford during the committee's hearing into allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, questioned the credibility of her accusations and called the case "weak" in her assessment of Ford's allegations.
"What I can tell you with certainty is we'll have an Federal Bureau of Investigation report this week and we'll have a vote this week", McConnell told reporters at the Capitol. Ford said she hadn't.
On Wednesday, CNN's Chris Cuomo interviewed Dr. Ford's sister-in-law, Sandra Mendler, who said processing the trauma in public has been hard on the family. "To the best of my recollection Dr. Ford never expressed a fear of closed quarters, tight spaces, or places with only one exit", the former boyfriend wrote, adding that the pair had hopped between Hawaiian islands on a propeller plane without incident. "Last night he chose to blow it as the Federal Bureau of Investigation is handing in the report as early as today". If true, it would mean Ford provided false testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week when she claimed she had never had any discussions with anyone about how to take a polygraph.
The FBI's report on sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh neared completion late on Wednesday as the battle over his selection by President Donald Trump approached a new turning point.
Then Mitchell asked one more time: "Have you ever given tips or advice to somebody who was looking to take a polygraph test?"
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Mr Trump's fellow Republicans control the Senate by a 51-49 margin. A man who had a brief extramarital affair with Swetnick said that she enjoyed group sex and suffered from psychological issues.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also defended Mr Trump, telling a press briefing that the President was not concerned the comments may have endangered the votes of key senators.
Unsurprisingly, Trump's attacks were met with wide condemnation. Grassley said they he made these requests before and after last Thursday's hearing, but he has yet to receive them.
Mr Kavanaugh has denied all claims of assault.
"The President was stating the facts", Ms Sanders said.