In a move that surely wouldn’t surprise anyone, President Trump defended Brett Kavanaugh, his nominee for the Supreme Court, the day after the woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a high school party revealed her identity and provided additional details about the attack in an article in The Washington Post.
Having a name and face to associate with the previously anonymous allegations has proven to be the first real obstacle to the Republican Party’s attempt to railroad Trump’s nominee through the confirmation process and move the precarious balance between conservative and progressive-leaning justices on the court decisively to the right.
Trump described the embattled Kavanaugh as “one of the finest people that I’ve ever known,” and said that he “never had even a little blemish on his record,” conveniently ignoring the other credible allegations against his nominee, including the accusations that he committed perjury multiple times during his most recent, as well as previous, confirmation hearings.
While Trump spent the majority of his time commenting on the controversy surrounding Kavanaugh by vigorously defending the character of his nominee—a defense that most people will be able to easily dismiss by considering the character of the defender—he was forced to submit to the overwhelming public sentiment, echoed by even Senators from his own party, that Kavanaugh’s accuser, Professor Christine Ford of Palo Alto University, should be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee before any further action on the confirmation hearings moves forward.
“With all of it being said, we want to go through a full process,” Trump declared. “If it takes a little delay it’ll take a little delay.”
With the Republicans who control the Senate Judiciary Committee denying Democrats the opportunity to review before the confirmation vote the vast majority of documents related to Kavanaugh’s time as a White House lawyer during the administration of G. W. Bush, the proof of the allegations of perjury may not be available until after his seat on the court is a fait accompli.
Thus, Democrats and other progressives were enheartened by this last minute development that—at least temporarily—halted what had seemed last week as the inevitable confirmation of an accused liar and sexual predator to a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court.
You can watch Trump’s defense of his controversial Supreme Court nominee in the video below.
Trump: "Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people that I've ever known," says Kavanaugh has "never had even a little blemish on his record." Then adds: "with all of it being said, we want to go through a full process." (via Bloomberg) pic.twitter.com/DsUTNm9DaW
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 17, 2018
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