Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona called President Donald Trump’s actions “appalling” after he commented on Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony of alleged sexual assault during a Tuesday rally in Mississippi.
Blasey Ford accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of pinning her down and trying to remove her clothing during a party in high school. Trump pointed out discrepancies in her testimony and implied she couldn’t keep her facts straight.
“Well, there’s no time and no place for remarks like that,” Flake said on NBC’s “Today.” “But to discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right. It’s just not right. I wish he hadn’t done it. I’ll just say it’s kind of appalling.”
Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware joined Flake for the interview and said he’s concerned about how quickly the FBI wrapped up their seventh investigation into the Supreme Court nominee, but then admitted Democrats agreed to the one-week timeline.
“That would concern me. I hope the FBI has been allowed to follow all the reasonable leads from the credible allegations that were before the committee last week,” he said. “And I know that puts them under a lot of pressure, but they’ve got the resources to do it.”
Flake said he has faith in the FBI to deliver an accurate report and said Kavanaugh should be given leeway for his temperament during his Senate questioning. (RELATED: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin Praises Jeff Flake Just Days After Calling Him ‘Pathetic’)
“I’m anxious to hear back from the FBI, as Chris said. You know, this was supposed to be a week. I believe they can get it done in a week. And we’re anxious to see the report,” Flake said.
“A lot of people were concerned about the tone that [Kavanaugh] used when he said what he said. My reaction was that’s probably how I would react if I felt that I was unjustly accused,” he concluded.
“Some of the comments were sharp … and more partisan than a lot of us would like to see. Having said that, we’ve seen a record that he’s had on the court of being collegiality and working with other members. So … and I think you have to give some leeway for the charges that were coming against him and how he would feel.”
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