Kavanaugh accusations 'all false to me,' but I could change my mind

Saturday, 29 Sep, 2018

You'll have to look elsewhere for the political import of Trump's session, which dealt in large part with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning to testify about allegations of past sexual assault.

The stakes were high for Kavanaugh after a morning of compelling, measured testimony by Christine Blasey Ford.

Trump stood by his decision not to call on the FBI to reopen its background investigation of Kavanaugh.

"The FBI told us they've investigated Judge Kavanaugh six times, five times, many times over the years".

'Again, the president's been clear, let them speak but let's also let Brett Kavanaugh speak and let's let him tell his side of the story before we allow allegations to determine his entire future, ' she said.

On Tuesday, the White House indicated that President Trump could support hearing testimony from a second accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Sanders, however, said the "absolutely appalling and disgusting" behavior of Democratic lawmakers who have opposed Kavanaugh has turned the confirmation process into a "huge public circus".

"If I thought he was guilty of something like this, sure", Trump said when asked if he would change his tune on Kavanaugh and stop supporting his nomination.

"[Democrats] are actually con artists because they know how quality this man is and they've destroyed his reputation", Trump told reporters at the U.N. General Assembly in NY.

Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's high school classmate and alleged witness to the incident between Ford and Kavanaugh, is hiding out in a DE beach town.

Some of the first cracks in confidence emerged inside the White House on Wednesday as a third woman came forward, alleging sexual misconduct against others by Kavanaugh in high school, and there were growing worries that the nomination might go down.

And in a stark moment, he admitted his view of sexual misconduct claims is colored by the litany of charges - all false, he claimed - that women have lobbed against him for decades.

"I heard smiles... They weren't laughing at me, they were laughing with me".

He has denied all allegations.

"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process", Judge Kavanaugh said. "Just so you understand".

U.S. President Donald Trump denied diplomats laughed at him during his speech before the UN General Assembly, and rebuffed accusations of sexual harassment during a lengthy news conference in NY on Wednesday. He has denied all the charges and threatened to sue those women after the conclusion of the 2016 campaign. "We had a good talk", Trump said, adding that he'd prefer to keep Rosenstein at the Justice Department.

Asked why he continues to praise China's Xi Jinping if the country is trying to undermine American democracy, Trump stressed his strong relationship with his Chinese counterpart and praised the Chinese as "incredible people".

Trump hinted that Canada might be left out from a new trade deal, because if the negotiations with Canada do not work out, the U.S. is "going to make a much better deal" while putting "billions of dollars into our treasury" from import taxes. He said he did not question that perhaps Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted, "but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone". The Kurds? "They're great, great people".