Trump on Kavanaugh: “I feel so badly for him that’s he’s going through this”.
“This is not a man that deserves this”.
President Trump on Tuesday doubled down on his support for Brett Kavanaugh amid sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court nominee, saying he’d like the accusations to be examined swiftly by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“We are looking to get this done as quickly as possible,” Trump told reporters before a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House. “He is truly an outstanding person, as you know. He’s got an unblemished record.”
“He is an incredible man,” Trump continued. “He is an incredible intellect. He will make an incredible Supreme Court justice.”
The president added: “I’m totally supportive. I’m very supportive.”
“I feel so badly for him that’s he’s going through this,” Trump said later during a joint press conference in the East Room. “This is not a man that deserves this.”
On Monday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced a Sept. 24 public hearing had been set for Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. Ford, however, has yet to commit to participate, though her lawyer says she is willing to testify in public.
Trump said that Kavanaugh is “anxious” to testify.
“I don’t know about the other party,” the president said. “But Judge Kavanaugh is very anxious to do it.”
Last week, reports surfaced that a letter had been sent to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., detailing Kavanaugh’s role in an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the early 1980s at a house party in suburban Maryland.
Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist who teaches at Palo Alto University in California, reluctantly went public as Kavanaugh’s accuser in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday.
According to Ford’s account, Kavanaugh and his friend forced her into a room at the party, and he “pinned her to a bed on her back and 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. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.”
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford said.
In a statement, Kavanaugh “categorically and unequivocally” denied the claims.
“This is a completely false allegation,” he said. “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone.”
At the White House Tuesday, Trump said “this is a terrible thing that took place” — though it’s unclear whether he meant the alleged assault itself or the way the allegation was made public, which he decried.
“It’s frankly a terrible thing that information wasn’t given to us a long time ago — months ago,” Trump said, accusing Democrats of springing the sexual assault allegation on Republicans.
“That’s what you have hearings for,” he said. “You don’t wait until the hearing is over, then all of the sudden bring it up.”
“That’s what they do,” Trump said. “It’s obstruction; it’s resist. It’s whatever you have to do.”