Trump didn't say reports of Kavanaugh's drinking should be off-limits, but said the nominee had been candid about his youthful drinking.
Sanders cribbed from Kellyanne Conway's script earlier in the day, insisting "the president was stating fact" though, in fairness, she stopped short of using Conway's gag that Ford has "been treated like a Fabergé egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president".
While the remark was met with laughter and applause from supporters, both Republicans and Democrats slammed Trump for the remarks, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, calling it reprehensible, "beneath the office of the presidency, and beneath common decency from one person to another".
Key potential GOP swing votes on Kavanaugh's nomination also expressed concern with the tone the president has taken up.
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Trump has maintained his support for Kavanaugh, saying that "hopefully at the conclusion, everything will be fine". Swetnick alleged the two drugged the "punch" and participated in "gang rapes" and "train rapes".
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.
Republican senator Jeff Flake is among those who have taken issue with comments Mr Trump made.
The president was pressed repeatedly on whether the White House was keeping the FBI on a leash to prevent it from conducting a full investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh.
Ford, a college professor from California who accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her in 1982 when they were high school students, has not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, her attorneys said. We don't want to go on a to use an expression often used by me, we don't want to go on a witch hunt do we?' he said, using his favorite pejorative for the Russian Federation probe. Writing in all capital letters, Trump said when he goes to political rallies, which are organised by Republicans, he sees that voters are angry at the "vicious and despicable" way Democrats are treating his nominee.
Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, sharing the allegation at an extraordinary congressional hearing last week that also included Kavanaugh's angry and emotional denial. I don't remember, "per CNN".
Another woman, Julie Swetnick, has alleged Kavanaugh was at high school parties in which she claims to have been gang raped. Kavanaugh denies that as well.
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He also said that there are existing exemptions for humanitarians purposes in the sanctions regime. A second, more sweeping set of sanctions, is set to be reimposed in early November.
"All of us need to keep in mind there's a few people that are on the fence right now".
And despite the reports imminent delivery to the Hill, Democrats continue to raise objections about its credibility - specifically in the absence of Ford and Kavanaugh interviews.
"I graduated from high school and while I did not drink, I saw a lot of people drinking", he said. He lashed out at senators who asked if he had ever blacked out.
Former classmates have stepped forward to challenge Kavanaugh's testimony about his drinking.
With a Friday deadline looming, sources tell CBN News the FBI will concentrate its investigation on four witnesses in the Kavanaugh investigation. As to how she presented herself: "very well, very articulate, even President Trump commended her as to how she presented herself, and Judge Kavanaugh is going to be Matt Damon on "Saturday Night Live" for the rest of his life", Zaid said.
"I'm waiting just like you", he said. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations. Senators have said they want the investigation completed by Friday.
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Graham said he thought Ford was treated "respectfully", but Kavanaugh was treated "like crap ", to which the crowd booed. She said that she didn't but the ex recalled a time when she did help a friend prepare to take a lie detector test.
Flake was instrumental last Friday in getting Trump to order an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, nominated by Trump for a lifetime job on the top us court.