Donald Trump: Sex assault claims against Brett Kavanaugh 'a hoax'

Marsha Scott
October 9, 2018

Ford said she was "100 per cent" certain that Kavanaugh was her attacker; Kavanaugh steadfastly denied her allegations.

"She said that Dr. Ford thinks that she was assaulted, which is even more insulting than saying that she gave a very credible account".

Heading into pivotal midterm elections, McConnell tried to distinguish between President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh this year and his own decision not to have the Republican-run Senate consider then President Barack Obama's high court nominee, Merrick Garland, in 2016.

Right now, a USA district court judge in Texas is mulling whether to side with state Republicans who say Congress' decision to gut the law's mandate to hold insurance means the rest of the law should be frozen immediately. "I think, frankly, we are just less than a month away from an election. Terrible statements that were totally untrue that he knew nothing about - frankly terms that he probably never heard in his life", Trump said at the International Association of Chiefs of Police meeting.

Ford originally hesitated to put her name to the allegations, telling The Washington Post she feared upending her life while leaving Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation process unaffected.

The Kavanaugh nomination fight has left many Americans feeling emotionally beaten up and also raised the stakes for the coming November 6 election which decides control of US Congress - the nation's legislative branch.

Kavanaugh was technically sworn in on Saturday evening in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court.

USA Today, meanwhile, has a preview of Kavanaugh's first cases; none are particularly controversial.

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The ranking member of the House judiciary committee, Jerry Nadler of NY, has said his party would investigate the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh if the Democrats reclaim the majority in the chamber.

Although White House advisor Kellyanne Conway insisted the president would "keep an open mind" to Christine Blasey Ford's account, Trump has launched a full-offense against Kavanaugh's accuser.

Kavanaugh was confirmed Saturday 50-48.

With Kavanaugh's ascension to the high court, Republicans, long dispirited by Trump's string of scandals and the prospect of losing their congressional majorities, are whooping it up. Lindsey Graham of SC, a Republican on the judiciary committee, told Fox News, "I'm happy because the effort to railroad and humiliate this man failed".

A day after Manchin broke with his party on what may be the most consequential vote of the Trump era, the vulnerable Democrat is facing a political firestorm back home. I do believe she was assaulted, I don't know by whom, and I'm not certain when.

"The way they really tortured him and his family, I thought it was a disgrace", Trump said on Monday, US east coast time.

Trump also pointed to television footage of protesters outside the Capitol, and said their numbers paled in comparison to the thousands of supporters awaiting him in Kansas.

This was a sentiment echoed by Democrats, who had hoped the bureau would interview more people as part of the investigation. Thus, it was probably better for the GOP to have its Supreme Court pick in the news - even in the context of a sexual assault scandal - than to have, say, the news networks devoting wall-to-wall coverage to the revelation that Donald Trump cheated the government out of hundreds of millions in taxes, or to the GOP's efforts to kill insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions by judicial fiat.

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