Trump: Kavanaugh "Not A Man That Deserves This"
President Donald Trump has vehemently criticized Democrats for blocking the Senate Judiciary Committee’s clearance of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying federal appeals court judge is “not a man that deserves this.”
During a joint news conference with his visiting Polish counterpart at the White House on Tuesday, Trump was asked if he would support the FBI reopening their background investigation into Kavanaugh.
Trump replied that now that the FBI has conducted six background checks over the years, and as “Judge Kavanaugh has gone beautifully up a ladder,” “they really don’t do that; that’s not what they do.”
Trump expressed his dissent to the sexual assault allegations surfacing after Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing was completed.
“I feel so badly for him that he’s going through this, to be honest with you. I feel so badly for him. This is not a man that deserves this,” Trump said.
He added, “This should have been brought to the fore. It should have been brought up long ago. And that’s what you have hearings for. You don’t wait until the hearing is over and then, all of a sudden, bring it up.”
Trump asked why Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., didn’t bring up the letter Ford sent to her when she sat with Kavanaugh for a long period of time.
“Why didn’t she bring it up? Why didn’t she bring it up then? Why didn’t the Democrats bring it up then? Because they obstruct and because they resist,” Trump said.
“That’s the name of their campaign against me. They just resist and they just obstruct,” he added. “And, frankly, I think they’re lousy on policy, and in many ways, they’re lousy politicians. But they’re very good on obstruction. And it’s shame, because this is a great gentleman.”
The process of Kavanaugh’s confirmation has been hit by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford ‘s allegation that he attempted to rape her on the sidelines of a party in Maryland more than three decades ago, when they were teenagers.
Kavanaugh, 53, has “categorically and unequivocally” denied Ford’s claims and the White House and Trump have stood by him.
After finishing four days of hearings, the Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to recommend that the Senate confirm Kavanaugh for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.
But after Ford’s sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh surfaced, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, invited both of them to testify before the panel.
Ford’s lawyers at that time said their client was willing to testify publicly before the Senate panel but have subsequently called for an FBI investigation of the allegations before the hearing is held.
by RTTNews Staff Writer
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