GOP Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate GOP coy on when final vote on Kavanaugh will happen Overnight Health Care — Presented By National Partnership for Women & Families — Vulnerable Republican unveils pre-existing conditions resolution | FDA conducts surprise inspection of e-cigarette maker | DHS watchdog examines ‘zero tolerance’ Budowsky: The Klobuchar and Kavanaugh moment MORE (Alaska) mentioned on Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFord’s attorney fires back at Trump: ‘He is a profile in cowardice’ Five takeaways from Nelson and Scott’s first debate O’Rourke hits Trump for mocking Ford testimony MORE‘s feedback on Christine Blasey Ford had been “wholly inappropriate,” turning into the newest swing vote senator to distance herself from his mockery of the primary girl to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
“I’m taking all the pieces under consideration. I believe the president’s feedback yesterday mocking Dr. Ford had been wholly inappropriate and in my opinion unacceptable,” Murkowski informed reporters, requested how Trump’s feedback would affect her vote.
Trump had rapped Ford and defended Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court docket nominee, throughout a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night time.
“‘How did you get residence?'” Trump said, imitating Ford. “‘I do not bear in mind.’ ‘How’d you get there?’ ‘I do not bear in mind.’ ‘The place is the place?’ ‘I do not bear in mind.’ ‘What number of years in the past was it?’ ‘I do not know.'”
Murkowski is the third GOP senator considered as a possible swing vote to interrupt with the president after the rally. The feedback come as Republican management hopes to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination by the tip of the week.
GOP Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate GOP coy on when final vote on Kavanaugh will happen Budowsky: The Klobuchar and Kavanaugh moment Harvard students file complaints to prevent Kavanaugh from teaching at law school MORE (Maine) called Trump’s comments “plain mistaken,” and Republican Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeSenate GOP coy on when final vote on Kavanaugh will happen Budowsky: The Klobuchar and Kavanaugh moment Kellyanne Conway: ‘I don’t plan to speak any further about’ past sexual assault MORE (Ariz.) informed NBC’s “Right now” that the president’s feedback had been “sort of appalling.”
The three GOP senators have the facility to determine if Kavanaugh will get confirmed. Republicans maintain 51 seats within the Senate, and he stays in need of the straightforward majority wanted to be seated on the Supreme Court docket.
Republicans can solely afford to lose one GOP senator earlier than they should lean on Democrats to assist affirm Kavanaugh.
Flake has mentioned that, absent new info the FBI, he’s anticipated to vote sure. Collins and Murkowski haven’t tilted their hand on how they are going to vote however are underneath excessive strain from each side.
No Democrats have mentioned they are going to assist Kavanaugh, although Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinHarvard students file complaints to prevent Kavanaugh from teaching at law school Alicia Keys, Maggie Gyllenhaal among celebs planning Kavanaugh protest in DC The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — FBI widens scope of Kavanaugh investigation | Nightmare vote for red-state Dems | Five weeks to midterms MORE (D-W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampHarvard students file complaints to prevent Kavanaugh from teaching at law school The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by Citi — FBI widens scope of Kavanaugh investigation | Nightmare vote for red-state Dems | Five weeks to midterms Flake on ‘sharp and partisan’ Kavanaugh remarks: ‘We can’t have this on the court’ MORE (D-N.D.) stay undecided.