US President Donald Trump is facing criticism from fellow Republicans after he mocked a woman who says she was assaulted by his Supreme Court nominee.
Senators Jeff Flake and Susan Collins, both key votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, spoke out a day after Mr Trump’s remarks at a Mississippi rally.
Mr Flake called the president’s comments “appalling”, and Ms Collins said they were “just plain wrong”.
Last week Mr Trump called Christine Blasey Ford a “compelling” witness.
Mr Flake – who joined a committee vote in favour of the judge so long as an FBI investigation was held – told NBC’s Today show he wished the president had not spoken out.
“There’s no time and no place for remarks like that,” he said on NBC’s Today show.
“To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right. It’s just not right. I wish he hadn’t had done it.”
Mr Flake of Arizona is a closely watched swing vote as Republicans can potentially only afford one defection if they are to confirm their nominee.
Ms Collins, a moderate Republican from Maine, has not yet said whether she will vote for Judge Kavanaugh either.
CNN quoted her as saying on Wednesday morning: “The president’s comments were just plain wrong.”
Prof Ford’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich, described Mr Trump’s words as “a vicious, vile and soulless attack” on her.
“Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well?” he added.
Source BBC News