A friend of Christine Blasey Ford denied Wednesday that the Kavanaugh accuser ever helped her prepare for a lie detector test, firing back at claims purportedly from a Ford ex-boyfriend that raised new questions about her Senate testimony. That tone went out the window at a rally in MS on Tuesday night, where the president mocked Ford's testimony in front of a cheering crowd, NBC reports.

Ford claims she told a therapist about the alleged sexual assault during a session in 2012 where she was accompanied by her husband, though she has admitted that Kavanaugh was never named. Instead of that, feel free to check out our new Facebook group, tell us what you think of this newsletter format, get your friends to subscribe and keep up with the latest. 'I don't remember.' Where is the place? "There have been a lot of people over the past year that have lied to Congress, and to me that would not be acceptable". 'I don't know.' Where's the house? 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs?

That's the alarm U.S. President Donald Trump and his GOP allies are increasingly sounding as they try to defend their Supreme Court nominee from sexual assault allegations.

Ford testified last Thursday that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when they were high school students in Maryland. "What's happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court justice".

"Although we do not know the status of the investigation, we are not aware of the FBI affirmatively reaching out to any of those witnesses", Clune said. Kavanaugh's confirmation continues to hang in the balance as the FBI investigates the allegation, which Kavanaugh has forcefully denied.

"Pretend I'm on the ballot", he added.

Broadening the scope of the investigation, however, has potential to undermine the timeline set by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has said repeatedly that there would be a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation this week.

Appearing at a forum sponsored by The Atlantic, Flake said he was concerned about some of Kavanaugh's sharp interactions with Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee last week.

■In the past few days, as the FBI has begun its investigation, new allegations have surfaced in the media, including one from Chad Ludington, one of Kavanaugh's classmates and a member of the Yale basketball team.

Barry Bennett, a former senior Trump campaign adviser, accused Democrats of "hijacking the #MeToo movement", and argued the way Kavanaugh has been treated is driving Republican enthusiasm with men and women.

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"It's not fair to Judge Kavanaugh to string this matter along further", Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas said.

Ford, a California professor, has become the central figure in the circus-like confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

"After the Federal Bureau of Investigation shares what they've found, senators will have the opportunity to vote", McConnell said.

Susan Collins of ME tells reporters that Trump's remarks about Christine Blasey (BLAH'-zee) Ford were "just plain wrong".

Trump's biggest supporter inside his family Donald Trump Jr played the same tune in an interview aired Monday: "I've got boys and I've got girls, and when I see what's going on right now, it's scary".

Ford told the senate she was "100%" certain that he was her attacker.

"The goal posts keep shifting", he said on the Senate floor as he accused Democrats of devising endless delays.

Swetnick, who is represented by Michael Avenatti, has alleged that Judge and Kavanaugh were present at a party in the early 1980s where, she says, she was gang-raped.

Ford's attorneys say they heard nothing from anyone at the bureau since that Friday night phone call, and they say it is "inconceivable" that the agency could conduct a deeper inquiry into the allegations against Kavanaugh without interviewing Ford.