Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump nominee for the Supreme Court, allegedly threw ice on another person "for some unknown reason" at a bar during his junior year at Yale University, according to a New York Times report published Monday. Flake said that Trump's earlier "appalling" remarks about Ford won't impact his vote choice, but ... if the report is a wash, I wonder.
He went on: "They should also be guided, and I'm being guided, by what the senators are looking for".
Tuesday night at a campaign rally, Trump mocked parts Ford's testimony in front of thousands of his laughing supporters and disparaged her for remembering that she had one beer at the high school party where she says Kavanaugh assaulted her but not how she got to the party and home.
He has consistently denied these allegations.
He said Kavanaugh - who has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia for 12 years and worked in the George W. Bush White House before that - clearly fits that description. She would not say if the remarks would affect her vote.
Christine Blasey Ford, center, flanked by attorneys Debra Katz, left, and Michael Bromwich, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on September 27,2018. CNN's Manu Raju caught up with the retiring Republican earlier today, who arranged for the one-week delay to get the Federal Bureau of Investigation to do a supplemental background check on Brett Kavanaugh.
"I don't know what Brett was doing in the melee, but there was blood, there was glass, there was beer and there was some shouting, and then the police showed up", Ludington added.More news: Boeing Picked for $9 Billion Air Force Training Jet Program
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"And when I see what's going on right now, it's scary", adding that at the moment he fears more for his sons.
The president's tone on Ford's testimony stood in sharp contrast to his assessment last week.
In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Trump did not back away from his comments at the rally, instead attacking Kavanaugh's Democratic critics.
The Kavanaugh confirmation battle comes against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men.
The GOP leader also said a briefing by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents would be "unprecedented and irregular" and not in keeping with previous practice.
The FBI will pass its findings to the White House, which will give them to the Senate.
But the White House said Wednesday it was up to the GOP-controlled Senate.