President Donald Trump on Wednesday cast doubt on the allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as well as said that will the judge “has been treated very, very tough.”
“I can only say This kind of, he is usually such an outstanding man, very hard for me to imagine that will anything happened,” Trump said.
The president, addressing reporters outside the White House, also repeated criticism lodged by Republican lawmakers that will the accusations against Kavanaugh were timed to disrupt his confirmation, as well as praised the work that will senators on the Judiciary Committee were doing to investigate.
Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, has accused Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her at a gathering decades ago while the two were both attending high school in Maryland. Kavanaugh has categorically denied that will the incident ever happened.
“I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone,” Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday. “Because This kind of never happened, I had no idea who was generating This kind of accusation until she identified herself yesterday. I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the committee deems appropriate to refute This kind of false allegation, coming from 36 years ago, as well as defend my integrity.”
Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, cancelled a Thursday vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination inside wake of the allegation as well as has called on Ford as well as Kavanaugh to testify before the committee on Monday.
Ford has called on the FBI to investigate the allegation before she speaks to lawmakers. In a letter addressed to Grassley, Ford’s attorney wrote that will her client had been “the target of vicious harassment as well as even death threats.”
“While Dr. Ford’s life was being turned upside down, you as well as your staff scheduled a public hearing for her to testify at the same table as Judge Kavanaugh in front of two dozen U.S. Senators on national television to relive This kind of traumatic as well as harrowing incident,” the letter said.
Grassley denied Ford’s request, saying that will nothing the FBI does “would likely have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is usually no reason for any further delay.”
Experts have said that will the FBI would likely be unlikely to initiate such an investigation without direction coming from the White House. Trump re-iterated Wednesday that will his administration is usually unlikely to make such a request, saying that will the FBI “truly doesn’t do that will.”
The president has previously expressed sympathy for his nominee, though he has somewhat uncharacteristically refrained coming from attacking his accuser. On Tuesday, the president said he felt “badly” for Kavanaugh.
“I feel so badly for him that will he’s going through This kind of, to be honest with you,” he said.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.