GOP senators expect to see Federal Bureau of Investigation report on Kavanaugh today

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He had previously called Ford a "very credible witness", while continuing to back Kavanaugh. Trump said, apparently re-enacting Blasey Ford's questioning by a Senate panel as he addressed a campaign rally in Southaven, Mississippi. "I don't remember", Trump told supporters. I don't know. I don't know. In the statement, a man who says he is Ford's former boyfriend says he saw Ford, a psychology professor, coach a friend on how to be less nervous during a polygraph examination.

That's put a pair of female Republican senators, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, under excruciating pressure.

Flake told NBC "there's no time and no place for remarks like that, that discuss something this sensitive at a political rally". I wish he hadn't. done it. Not smack, though - Micky, my potential initiator, had been just a little too eager for me to go through with that.

Trump ordered the FBI to reopen the investigation into Kavanaugh last week after a dramatic last-minute demand by Senator Flake during the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote on the nominee.

Later Wednesday morning, Collins similarly told reporters that "the president's comments were just plain wrong".

"A vote against Kavanaugh is a "yes" vote for more of these despicable tactics being used time and time again in the future", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on the Senate floor Tuesday.

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A briefing regarding the FBI's investigation, which is looking into allegations of sexual misconduct made against Kavanaugh, "would be unprecedented and irregular", McConnell said in a letter to the Democratic lawmaker. The ultimate objective of Democrats - both on the Senate Judiciary Committee and in the Senate as a whole - he says "is to defeat Kavanaugh's nomination, drum up additional support for midterm elections, hopefully flip the Senate, and onward to 2020 where they hope to regain the presidency". Although she has voted against some of Mr. Trump's critical legislation, such as repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, she has voted in line with Republican judicial nominees almost 99 percent of the time.

Disquiet about the President's intervention was not limited to those Republican senators who are undecided about Kavanaugh.

"I got boys and I got girls, and when I see what's going on right now - it's scary", Trump Jr. said. McConnell characterized those requests as part of an ongoing effort "to move the goal posts" on Kavanaugh's nomination by senators bent on delay. If all the Democrats in the Senate stick together, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can afford to lose only one senator from his ranks and still confirm Trump's pick.

Trump spent much of the rally, however, lamenting the treatment of Kavanaugh by Democrats, whose attacks, he said, had taken their toll on the judge's family. Garrett's lawyer, William Sullivan, said Garrett has voluntarily cooperated with the FBI's reopened background check, but he declined to comment further.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford's accusation as well as allegations by two other women, all dating from the 1980s, while accusing Democrats of a political "hit". As the Congressional Research Service explains, to be a judge requires that an individual has a personality that is evenhanded, unbiased, impartial, courteous yet firm, and dedicated to a process, not a result, the letter says. It remains to be seen what kind of light the Federal Bureau of Investigation can shed the claims against Kavanaugh, but one thing is already clear: Many Senate Democrats won't be satisfied with the narrow scope of the probe.