Donald Trump under fire for mocking Christine Blasey Ford's memory

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The White House has defended President Donald Trump for mocking a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

At a news conference on Monday, President Donald Trump decried what he described as "trauma" inflicted upon Kavanaugh, but nevertheless said he wants to see the FBI "do a very comprehensive investigation". "'I don't remember, '" Mr. Trump said at the rally, apparently alternating between questioner and an impression of Ford.

Christine Blasey Ford during a campaign rally in MS, just days after calling her a "very credible witness".

"'How did you get home?' I don't remember".

"A couple of times I made eye contact with Mark and thought he might try to help me, but he did not", she said. I don't remember. Where was the place? I don't remember. How many years ago was it? I don't know. I don't know. "I wish he hadn't had done it", Sen.

In the latest seven-day average in a survey of 4,057 US adults, 41 percent of respondents opposed Kavanaugh, 33 percent supported him and 26 percent said they did not know. 'Where's the house?' I don't know. I don't know. I don't know. In Ludington's statement released Sunday he also mentions an altercation involving Kavanaugh: "On one of the last occasions I purposely socialized with Brett, I witnessed him respond to a semi-hostile remark, not by defusing the situation, but by throwing his beer in the man's face".

"A man's life is shattered", he said of Kavanaugh after making fun of Ford's testimony.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the committee's top Democrat, called Trump's comments "cruel", adding, "He sent a clear message to victims of sexual assault that they should not be believed".

"A vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford", tweeted Michael Bromwich, a former high-ranking Department of Justice official who is now representing the professor.

Though he said he does not foresee long-term damage to the cause, it's "not the way we should be treating people who come forward with their own stories of sexual assault". Sanders told reporters at Wednesday's press briefing that he was reiterating facts from GOP-hired prosecutor Rachel Mitchell's assessment of Ford's testimony, who pointed out the gaps in her allegation. "He is a profile in cowardice", Michael Bromwich wrote on Twitter.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley appeared to be in relative damage control, tweeting that personal attacks on both Ford and Kavanaugh were inappropriate.

In the five-page memo, obtained by The Washington Post, Rachel Mitchell outlines more than half a dozen reasons why she thinks the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford - who has accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a house in suburban Maryland when they were teenagers in the early 1980s - has some key inconsistencies.

"So President Trump went through a factual rendition, that I didn't particularly like, and I would tell him to knock it off". Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday, adding, "It's kind of appalling". "But now you're guilty until proven innocent". Thad Cochran, is in a three-way special election against former Republican State Sen.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the confirmation vote will occur once senators of both parties have a chance to review the FBI's conclusions.

On Monday, Ms Van Gelder said her client had been questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation but the interview was "not completed".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Trump's insults of Ford marked a "new low".