The Man Behind the Brett Kavanaugh Strategy: Don McGahn

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Kavanaugh's allies say Democrats are raising issues of character because they know the Federal Bureau of Investigation will not be able to prove allegations of sexual assault.

They include Mark Judge, who Ford has said was in the bedroom where, she says, a drunken Kavanaugh sexually attacked her at a 1982 high school gathering. Perhaps the most famous example is that of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old who was lynched in a small MS town in 1955 after a woman falsely accused him of making sexual advances toward her. Dudley reportedly denied the allegations. Republicans say there's no evidence to corroborate her story, and the witnesses she says were at the party during the assault have refuted her. All of them", Mr. Schumer told reporters, adding, "We have nothing to do with delay.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, right, walks with journalists as she departs the Republican policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 in Washington.

This comes shortly after Kavanaugh expressed worry this would be the outcome during his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

"I know a number of people who have contradicted Judge Kavanaugh's accounts that have minimized his drinking have not been able to get ahold of the FBI", Swalwell said. On Fox & Friends Wednesday morning, Brian Kilmeade said Trump had been "laying low" prior to now but that he "blew it" with these new comments, adding, "I wonder about the wisdom tactically of him doing that", per Mediaite. "This is a very hard time". "But now you're guilty until proven innocent".

Trump's mockery of Ford at a campaign rally on Tuesday night intensified political pressure on senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME as they consider how they will vote on Kavanaugh.

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And Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine who caucuses with Democrats, said on CNN's "New Day" that Trump's comments "made me feel sort of sick". Well, you think it was...? "Well, do you think it was - nope, it was one beer", Trump said.

"How did you get there?" he said, reverting to interrogator. 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. I don't remember. Where was the place?

Trump also repeatedly encouraged those in attendance to vote Republican in November and called the midterm elections, "One of the most important congressional elections of our lifetime". I know, because, especially in our first two years of college, I often drank with him. What neighbourhood was it in? I knew Brett at Yale because I was a classmate and a varsity basketball player and Brett enjoyed socializing with athletes. Upstairs, downstairs, where was it? I don't know. But I had one beer.

"I'm telling all of my colleagues that this is the most despicable thing I've seen since I've been up here", Graham said. And a man's life is in tatters.

Mitchell, who was hired by the Senate Judiciary Committee to assist Republicans, addressed the letter to "All Republican Senators", and said no senator approved the memo. The contents are not expected to be made public.

But Democrats said the bigger issue now is that the judge has lied to Congress and shown too much anger at Democrats who are obstructing his nomination.