WASHINGTON – Three influential Republicans Wednesday condemned President Trump for mocking a woman who had accused judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault, leading to more uncertainty in his confirmatory dispute over the Supreme Court than the Senate an FBI Investigation of allegations late Wednesday night.
As they waited, the Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee pointed out that the former F.B.I. Judge Kavanaugh's background checks had in fact revealed evidence of either inappropriate sexual behavior or alcohol abuse. A letter from Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, and other Democrats criticized the Republican Committee for a tweet "nowhere" in the earlier F.B.I. Controls "has ever been a hint of any problem ̵
Information in the post "is not correct," wrote the Democrats.
"It is worrying that the committee majority has identified information from Judge Kavanaugh's confidential background information on Twitter," they wrote, adding, "If the committee majority violates this confidentiality and publicly identifies this background information, you must be at least honest about it."
Republicans called the letter "more unfounded allusions and more false negatives."
The exchange was just part of the fierce scramble between the parties before the delivery of the FBI interview. A few hours before the documents should arrive, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat of the Judiciary Committee, warned that the summaries of the interviews could be worthless because the investigation did not include interviews with Judge Kavanaugh; his first prosecutor, Christine Blesey Ford; or witnesses confirmed by his second prosecutor, a classmate at Yale, as Deborah Ramirez.
"The White House's confirmation that the FBI interviewed Dr. Blasey Ford, Judge Kavanaugh or witnesses identified by Deborah Ramirez raises serious concerns that this is not a credible investigation and raises the question: what other restrictions has the White House imposed on the FBI? "she wrote.
But it was the three Republicans – Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine and Jeff Flake of Arizona – who injected the greatest uncertainty into the affirmation. Together, they were able to determine if Judge Kavanaugh had been confirmed to the Supreme Court, and Mr. Trump's mockery of Dr. Catherine. Blasey at a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday only aggravated tensions as senators prepared to read the eagerly awaited summaries of the interviews.
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" I wish he had not done it, and I'm just saying it's kind of horrible, "Mr. Flake added.
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Instead, senators have said they are waiting for the results of a supplement. Background investigation by the FBI Senate officials had expected to receive the investigative material on Wednesday, but said that No one of them would check on any of the parties by Thursday morning because the White House was only going to produce a single copy of the results Democrats, to look around early on Thursday morning and look at the files in a secure room in the Capitol, officials said. Emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 157 & lang = DE A member of the Republican leadership said that if the case were to be broadcast on Wednesday, the Senate will most likely vote for the election on Friday. Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en and hold a final confirmation vote on Saturday. This situation, he said, would be the "likely way to progress to the end and heal here."
Senators from both parties said they would like to see the results of the FBI published in some form at some point, but a previous agreement governing background investigations, such as Judge Kavanaugh's, could make this legally difficult.
A four-page memorandum between the Judiciary Committee and the White House precludes committee disclosure of the contents of a background file and sets circumstances under which appointed staff or senators may be punished for revealing their content without permission.
White House lawyers have come to the conclusion that a similar memorandum on privacy laws prevents them from making the content publicly available, commenting on it with any specificity.
An FBI background investigation differs significantly from more well-known criminal investigations and is based primarily on gathering information to make decisions by Senators and the White House. In a criminal investigation, agents make crucial discovery decisions about scope and strategy, and they can use search warrants and subpoenas to enforce evidence. Agents conducting a background investigation do not have such tools, and they receive explicit marching orders through the White House office.
Mr. Trump's remarks about Dr. Blasey dominated most of the day.
Liberal opponents of Judge Kavanaugh transformed Mr. Trump's verbal attack on Dr. Blasey into an Internet ad that was designed to pressure Ms. Collins, Mr. Flake and Ms. Murkowski.  Democratic senators ranted against his insensitivity. And Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, turned to Twitter to "ask all," the attacks, and the "destruction" of Drs. Blasey stop.
But as a sign that the Kavanaugh debate is broken The Senate's longstanding rules of decency, the Democratic leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer from New York, almost accused his Republican opponent Mitch McConnell from Kentucky of making lies after Mr. McConnell accused the Democrats of delaying the confirmation vote.
"It is a blatant lie," explained Mr. Schumer. "I'm so tempted to use the word – but he's my friend – to say the Democrats caused the delay."
Mr. McConnell ranted against demonstrators who persecuted him and other Republican senators.
"One of our colleagues and his family have been effectively running out of a restaurant in recent days, while another reported that demonstrators physically blocked his car door," he said.
"I do not claim that we are the victims here," he continued. "But I want to make it clear to the people who are following my members here in the hall or harassing them at the airports or going to their homes, we will not be intimidated by these people."
Mr. Trump's tone to Dr. Blasey has shifted in the days since her first release with a story in which Judge Kavanaugh had sexually abused her more than 30 years ago when they were both teenagers. The President initially avoided criticizing them directly and said he would closely monitor their testimony before the Judiciary Committee.
But on Tuesday, before a cheering crowd in Mississippi, he renounced this reserve and mocked Dr. Blasey's emotional testimony of what happened was night.
"Thirty-six years ago that happened. I had a beer, right? I had a beer," Mr. Trump said, imitating Blasey.
"How did you get home, I do not remember," he said. I do not remember, how many years ago was it, I do not know, I do not know, I do not know, I do not know. "