Trump Defends Handling of Kavanaugh Allegations: ‘Republicans Could Not be Nicer’

Senate Republicans play hardball with lawyers for two women who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault years ago

Trump, himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, twice offered words of support for Kavanaugh while in NY to attend the U.N. General Assembly. She can talk as long as she wants and say anything she wants - what, will commitee chairman Sen.

The allegations, from a woman identified as Julie Swetnick, were made public by attorney Michael Avenatti on Wednesday morning. Ford and Kavanaugh are due to testify before the Judiciary Committee at a high-stakes hearing on Thursday ahead of a vote scheduled in the panel on Friday on his nomination.

"Well, I think the Senate, the Republicans could not be nicer in the way they are handling this", Trump replied. The controversy has unfolded ahead of the November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats seek to take control from the Republicans.

Ramirez told the magazine she was inebriated as well and admitted to holes in her memory, which Trump seized on in his remarks.

Ford say Kavanaugh attacked her at a party when they were in high school. She said she had been nearly raped by someone who was now a federal judge. Kavanaugh painted himself in the Fox News appearance as an innocent in high school, chaste and un-involved in the debauchery and alcohol-infused culture his classmates recall.

Ford came forward publicly earlier this month to claim that Donald Trump's nominee for Supreme Court justice had sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the early 1980s.

Kavanaugh's legal team has submitted copies of his personal calendar pages from the summer of 1982, when Ford said the alleged incident occurred. But three people she has named as witnesses have declared that they were not at any such party, including a lifelong friend, Leyland Kaiser.

"I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends", he wrote.

Kavanaugh has also been accused by a second woman of exposing himself during a college party at Yale, something he has denied.

Trump continued, "Oh gee, let's not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that".

But it also appeared to risk inflaming the toxic politics around the nomination and falling foul of the changed environment around allegations of sexual misconduct involving powerful men as the #MeToo movement changes politics, the media, business and Hollywood.

In a show of confidence, Republicans said they were discussing keeping the Senate in session this weekend so that they can begin the process of confirming Kavanaugh right away.

US President Donald Trump is seen during a bilateral meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron (off frame) in NY on September 24, 2018, a day before the start of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. and another member on the Judiciary Committee, shamed Republicans and said the move "demonstrated the disrespect & disregard that all too frequently shames & silences survivors from ever coming forward".

Senate Republicans are beginning to schedule votes aimed at putting Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. Top Judiciary Committee staffers held a call with Kavanaugh earlier Tuesday to interview him about the allegation outlined in the New Yorker. A major slip-up could endanger Kavanaugh's confirmation and create political pain for the GOP in the midterm elections.

"Christine told me that she had been having a hard day because she was thinking about an assault she experience when she was much younger", Gildo-Mazzon states.

He said Democratic support for her allegations, as well as those of Christine Blasey Ford, amounted to a "con game" to defeat a person he said was perfectly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court bench.

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