WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump stated Friday he discovered the testimony by a lady who stated she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court docket nominee Brett Kavanaugh many years in the past to be “very compelling,” however added that he’d given no consideration to the thought of nominating another person.
“Not even somewhat bit,” Trump stated.
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The president instructed reporters that Christine Blasey Ford “was a really credible witness” but in addition that Kavanaugh’s personal testimony on Thursday earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee was “an unbelievable second.”
Reiterating his help for Kavanaugh, Trump stated, “I feel it can work out very properly for the nation.”
The president additionally expressed confidence within the affirmation course of as an 11th-hour demand from a key Republican senator once more threatened to derail the timeline for a Senate vote.
“I’m going to let the Senate deal with that, they’ll make their selections they usually’ve been doing a very good job and really skilled,” he stated.
“I’m positive it can all be superb.”
Trump stated he was “simply listening to” about feedback from Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who referred to as for a delay within the Senate vote for as much as every week for extra investigation.
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Trump missed hardly a second of Thursday’s listening to, counting on DVRs to maintain up on the listening to from his non-public workplace on Air Pressure One as he traveled from New York to Washington, and persevering with to watch it again on the White Home, the place Ford’s voice echoed from TVs across the constructing.
Inside moments of the eight-hour proceedings concluding, Trump tweeted his approval of Kavanaugh’s efficiency and referred to as on the Senate to maneuver swiftly to a vote. “His testimony was highly effective, sincere, and riveting,” Trump stated. “Democrats’ search and destroy technique is disgraceful and this course of has been a complete sham and energy to delay, impede, and resist. The Senate should vote!”
Ford’s tearful recounting of allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her once they have been in highschool led Trump to precise sympathy for Kavanaugh and his household for having to take heed to the testimony, in keeping with two Republicans near the White Home however not approved to talk publicly about non-public conversations. They added that Trump expressed some frustration on the course of — and the workers work — that led Kavanaugh thus far.
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After seeing Ford’s highly effective testimony, White Home aides and allies expressed concern that Kavanaugh, whose nomination already gave the impression to be teetering, would have problem to ship a powerful sufficient displaying to match hers.
White Home officers imagine Kavanaugh’s passionate denials of Ford’s claims, together with the decide’s tearful description of the affect the accusations had on his household, met the problem. A White Home official who was not approved to talk publicly stated the West Wing noticed the decide’s opening assertion as “recreation altering” and stated Trump appeared to react positively.
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Trump instructed associates after the listening to that he favored Kavanaugh’s combating perspective and was vital of Democrats who he sees as politicizing the method, stated an individual aware of his considering who was not approved to reveal non-public conversations. He was pleased with Republicans on the committee, although he was not impressed with the questioning from an out of doors feminine prosecutor. Whereas he acknowledges the vote might be shut, he at the moment thinks they are going to get there.
Lemire reported from New York. Related Press writers Ken Thomas and Jill Colvin contributed from Washington.