Key Republicans condemn Trump's mockery of Christine Blasey Ford

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US President Donald Trump is facing criticism from fellow Republicans after he mocked a woman who says she was assaulted by his Supreme Court nominee.

Trump, who commented after Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that she seemed "credible", raised some eyebrows Tuesday when he went the opposite direction, openly questioning Ford during a rally Tuesday in Mississippi. I don't know - but I had one beer. He mocked Ford's testimony, noting she said she could remember how many beers she consumed but couldn't remember details about where the house was where she says the assault happened or how she got home that night.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that "I can tell you with certainty" that the Federal Bureau of Investigation report will be finished and the Senate will vote this week, though he didn't specify when.

"There's clearly a reason for that and I assume the administration doesn't want members of Congress and the public to see it", Durbin said. I don't remember. How many years ago was it?

"I don't know", Trump repeated multiple times.

Senators Jeff Flake and Susan Collins, both key votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, spoke out a day after Mr Trump's remarks at a MS rally.

Sahil Kapur, national political reporter for Bloomberg Politics.

GOP lawmakers expressed concern that Trump's comments could make it harder to win over wavering colleagues whose votes will likely prove pivotal to Kavanaugh's chances. Nope! It was one beer. I don't know. I don't know. What do I do Mom?' he said, imagining the panicked son pleading with his mother for advice.

The White House - through press secretary Sarah Sanders and others - has dismissed all the allegations against him as old news that had been litigated during the campaign.

Imitating Ford's testimony, Trump, who was himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, said: "What neighbourhood was it in?"

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Hours later, Mr. Flake voted to advance the judge's nomination, but also demanded final action be put off until an FBI investigation could be concluded - a major victory for Democrats.

"Every single word Mr Kavanaugh has said has been picked apart ... yet if anybody says anything about the accusations that have been thrown against him, that's totally off limits and outrageous". Also a Kavanaugh friend she says was in the room.

West Virginia Sen. Shelley Moore Capito - like Ford, a graduate of the Holton-Arms School - has said she supports Kavanaugh. "I don't know", he said.

"I don't know. I don't know", the President continued.

The FBI report was expected to be finished at any moment, but even beforehand Democrats were saying they doubted it would be the full probe they want to see.

Thessalia Merivaki, assistant professor of American politics at Mississippi State University, said Trump's appearance in Southaven is a sign of the race's competitiveness.

On the Senate floor, McConnell, R-Ky., claimed the protesters were "part of the organized effort" to derail Kavanaugh's nomination and said, "There is no chance in the world that they're going to scare us out of doing our duty".

"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", Democratic lawmakers said in a statement to the chairman of the committee, Sen.

In a separate remarks, the president's son Donald Trump Jr said he was more anxious for his sons than his daughters in the current climate which they see being tilted against men.

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