President Donald Trump reacted to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s Senate Judiciary testimony Friday afternoon, telling reporters she was a “very credible witness” and a “very positive lady,” earlier than altering course and suggesting Kavanaugh needs to be confirmed anyway.
“I assumed her testimony was very compelling and she or he seems like a really positive lady to me, very positive lady,” he mentioned. “And I assumed that Brett’s testimony likewise was actually one thing that I hadn’t seen earlier than. It was an unimaginable second I feel within the historical past of our nation. However definitely she was a really credible witness. She was superb in lots of respects.”
After the transient present of compassion, a reporter requested Trump if he had thought-about a substitute for Kavanaugh, who’s at the moment going through quite a few allegations of sexual assault or misconduct.
“Not even just a little bit,” Trump replied.
Trump’s response got here minutes after the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced it could doubtlessly delay a vote to substantiate Kavanaugh by one week, in order that the FBI is ready to sufficiently examine the allegations.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) mentioned Friday afternoon that he and a few of his Republican colleagues agreed with Democrats’ earlier demand for a full investigation, with the intention to extra totally vet the claims.
“I’ve spoken to a couple different members on my aspect of the aisle which may be supportive as effectively,” he mentioned. “However that’s my place. I feel that we must do what we are able to to do all do diligence with a nomination this vital.”
Ford claims Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a small home occasion in 1982, when the 2 had been youngsters. She instructed the Washington Submit Kavanaugh pushed her into an empty bed room, held her down, and proceeded to try to take away her garments, muffling her screams by turning up the music and protecting her mouth along with his hand. She mentioned she was in a position to get away and locker herself within the lavatory after his buddy, Mark Choose, jumped on the mattress, unintentionally jostling the 2 aside.
Two different girls have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. One lady, Deborah Ramirez, claims Kavanaugh thrust his penis into her face throughout a dormitory occasion when the 2 had been college students at Yale, inflicting her to the touch it towards her needs. One other lady, Julie Swetnick, says she was gang-raped at a celebration the place Kavanaugh was current, and that she had seen him and different boys allegedly spike the punch and drug girls at different gatherings with the intention to assault them.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
Minutes earlier than Thursday’s scheduled committee vote, two sexual assault survivors confronted Flake — who had beforehand mentioned he would vote in favor of Kavanaugh’s affirmation — in a Senate elevator, begging him to rethink his vote.
“Don’t look away from me. Take a look at me and inform me that it doesn’t matter what occurs to me,” one lady mentioned.
Minutes later, Flake referred to as for the vote to be suspended whereas an investigation was carried out.
Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-KY) can nonetheless name for a full vote, although the vote will fail if Flake and one different Republican vote no.