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President Donald Trump's mockery of Christine Blasey Ford sparked an immediate backlash Wednesday among two critical Republican swing votes on the nomination of Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh, with Sens.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), the most outspoken of the undecided Republican senators on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, told an audience in Boston, Mass., this week, "It does no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover, for example". It's where Steve Doocy once told Trump he was glad they were friends, and where Brian Kilmeade remarked that Trump looked very "big" on TV. "I just say it's kind of appalling", Mr Flake said.

"A couple of times I made eye contact with Mark and thought he might try to help me, but he did not", she said.

Steve King, a Republican member of the US House of Representatives from Iowa, said: "If Kavanaugh is not confirmed, every man is subject to seeing their life's work and their reputation destroyed by an unsubstantiated allegation".

The rising frustration came as Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation process played out before the country, with him and Ms Ford appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week to discuss her accusation.

Dudley denied the accusation to the police, and Kavanaugh did not want "to say if he threw the ice or not", the Times reports that the police report said.

This is Trump speaking to reporters outside the White House.

At the Capitol, Schumer said questions surrounding Kavanaugh extend beyond sexual assault and now encompass his truthfulness and judicial temperament. Ford alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school.

The investigation is set to last one week as part of a bipartisan agreement reached by the Senate Judiciary Committee. 'I don't know.' Where's the house? "I don't know", he added, to cheers from supporters.

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"The president was stating the facts" about the gaps in Ford's recollection of the alleged incident, Sanders said.

The FBI has reopened a background check on the Supreme Court nominee, but the probe is narrowly focused, top officials said in interviews on Sunday.

Several people with information related to the Kavanaugh allegations have said they tried in vain to speak with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

But he said they are not following up at all on Ramirez's account that Kavanaugh thrust his genitals in her face, forcing her to touch them without her consent, during an alcohol-fueled party when they were students at Yale University in the mid-1980s.

When the camera cut back to Kilmeade, he maintained that "sexual assault is deadly serious".

"I don't think so".

Republicans hold a 51-49 Senate majority heading into next month's midterm elections that will determine which political party controls both houses of Congress.

Ludington said he "cringed" when he watched the Fox News interview with Kavanaugh and his wife Monday and when Kavanaugh testified under oath on Thursday to the judiciary committee.

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