Murkowski: Trump's remarks on Kavanaugh accuser 'wrong,' 'unfortunate'

Published: Oct. 3, 2018 at 5:40 PM AKDT
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Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski told reporters Wednesday afternoon that President Trump’s comments Tuesday night were “wrong.”

At a campaign rally in Mississippi Tuesday, Trump reportedly

before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her when the two were teenagers.

“I don’t approve of the comments from last night,” Murkowski told reporters outside the Capitol building. “I thought that they were wrong and extraordinarily unfortunate.”

When a reporter asked if that would influence how she would vote, Murkowski said that she had asked the FBI to reopen its investigation into Kavanaugh’s background, and that she would “evaluate that when I have a chance to see it.”

Murkowski is one of three Republican senators still publicly on the fence about the confirmation.

The Associated Press reports that Murkowski additionally called the remarks "wholly inappropriate" and "unacceptable," while Maine Sen. Susan Collins says Trump's comments were "just plain wrong." Arizona's Jeff Flake tells NBC's "Today" show Trump's remarks were "kind of appalling."

The AP reports that all 100 senators, and a handful of Senate staff, will be able to read the FBI’s new report once it’s sent to Congress. That report is expected to be delivered Thursday morning, in a secure room normally reserved only for classified matters, the AP says.

Information from the Associated Press and MSNBC contributed to this story.