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 McConnellTurkey sanctions face possible wall in GOP Senate Fox's Wallace says 'well-connected' Republican told him there's a 20 percent chance GOP will vote for impeachment White House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours MORE (R-Ky.) reportedly called President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' 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. 


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 CollinsOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes 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.