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Sarah Sanders accuses Dems of exploiting Ford, Kavanaugh

Sarah Sanders accuses Dems of exploiting Ford, Kavanaugh
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Sunday blasted Democrats for their "disgraceful" and "disgusting" handling of the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Sanders asserted on "Fox News Sunday" that Senate Republicans will dictate the terms of the FBI investigation into Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her at a high school party in the 1980s. Sanders claimed Democrats have "exploited" both Ford and Kavanaugh in recent weeks.

"I think that we cannot allow the people that have acted in bad faith to determine and allow this to become a total fishing expedition by the FBI," Sanders said.

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"Senate Republicans are going to lay out and dictate those terms, and we look forward to this wrapping up so we can see what we’ve seen in the last six background investigations that Judge Kavanaugh’s been a part of," she continued.

Ford and Kavanaugh testified last Thursday about her allegations. She said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was the individual who sexually assaulted her, while the judge said he was "100 percent" confident in his denial.

A vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation was delayed after President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE approved requests from senators, led by Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeIMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Election Countdown: Dems outraise GOP in final stretch | 2018 midterms already most expensive in history | What to watch in second Cruz-O'Rourke debate | Trump raises 0M for reelection | Why Dems fear Avenatti's approach MORE (R-Ariz.), for an FBI investigation into the accusations. The investigation is expected to last no more than one week.

Sanders said Sunday that Ford's testimony was "compelling" and "heartbreaking," but suggested that Kavanaugh's comments were "equally compelling" and "equally heartbreaking."

"The biggest thing that I think is so disgraceful and so disgusting is the way that the Democrats have allowed this to play out, and allowed both of these individuals to be so beaten down," Sanders said.

She went on to blame the media for its role in covering the allegations against Kavanaugh, which she suggested put "so much information and so much pressure on these two individuals."