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The Latest: Collins says Trump 'plain wrong' on Ford mocking

October 03, 2018 - 9:13 am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and sexual misconduct allegations (all times local):

9:50 a.m.

A second Republican senator wavering on Brett Kavanaugh is criticizing President Donald Trump's mocking of a woman who's accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexually attacking her in the 1980s.

Susan Collins of Maine tells reporters that Trump's remarks about Christine Blasey Ford were "just plain wrong."

The president, at a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night, mimicked Ford's responses to questions at a Senate hearing last week when she described her allegations about Kavanaugh.

Another undecided GOP senator also has criticized Trump. Arizona's Jeff Flake tells NBC's "Today" show that Trump's remarks were "kind of appalling."

GOP leaders say an FBI report on Kavanaugh will be completed soon. They plan a Senate vote on him later this week. It is unclear whether he will be confirmed.

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7:20 a.m.

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake says President Donald Trump's mocking of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, was "not right" and "kind of appalling."

But Flake isn't saying whether he'll vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Ford alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. He denies the accusation.

Trump mocked Ford at a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night, listing what he described as holes in her account as his audience laughed.

Flake told NBC's "Today" show Wednesday that mocking "something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right." Flake added, "I wish he hadn't done it. It's kind of appalling."

Flake, who is retiring from the Senate, said last week he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, but then called for an expanded FBI investigation of the accusations, delaying the confirmation timetable. Flake said Wednesday he'd be concerned if the FBI only followed up on a few leads.

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