McConnell told Trump criticism of Kavanaugh accuser isn't helpful: report

McConnell told Trump criticism of Kavanaugh accuser isn't helpful: report
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPoll shows Collins displaces McConnell as most unpopular senator Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' Trump says impeachment trial should move 'very quickly' MORE (R-Ky.) reportedly called President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE to warn the president that his criticism of the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct was not helpful. 

CNN, citing two people familiar with the phone conversation, reported on Sunday that McConnell made the call regarding Trump's Supreme Court nominee after the president fired off a series of tweets about his accuser. 

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An aide to McConnell told CNN that Trump and McConnell "speak all the time." But the aide added that he had no "read-outs" providing more detail of their discussions. 

On Friday, Trump questioned the credibility of the accusation that Christine Blasey Ford, a 51-year-old California psychologist, has leveled against Kavanaugh.

"I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents," he tweeted.
 
"I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place."

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of drunkenly pinning her to a bed one summer while they were in high school in the 1980s. Ford says Kavanaugh groped "her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it."

Kavanaugh has denied the accusations.

Many lawmakers ripped Trump's comments about Ford as inappropriate. 

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPoll shows Collins displaces McConnell as most unpopular senator Collins says she's 'likely' to support calling witnesses for impeachment trial Democratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment MORE (R-Maine) said on Friday that she was "appalled" by the president's remark. 

“First of all, we know that allegations of sexual assault — I’m not saying that’s what happened in this case — but we know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist," she said.

Despite McConnell's reported misgiving with Trump's tweets, the Kentucky senator has appeared confident that Kavanaugh would be confirmed in the future. 

“You’ve watched the fight. You’ve watched the tactics, But here’s what I want to tell you: In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court … Don’t get rattled by all of this. We’re going to plow right through it and do our job,” McConnell said at the conservative Values Voter Summit on Friday.

A new hearing on the allegation Ford has leveled against Kavanaugh is scheduled to take place after she conditionally accepted GOP senators' offer on Saturday to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee.