Trump questions George Washington’s past to defend Kavanaugh

During a rare press conference Wednesday, President Trump sent mixed messages about the fate of his embattled Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh plans to defend himself on Thursday against an accusation from Professor Christine Blasey Ford, who is also set to testify, that he pushed her into a bedroom, pinned her down, held his hand over her mouth as she tried to scream and attempted to remove her clothes when they were both in high school in the early 1980s.

Schumer also said McConnell had brought the process to "a new low" with a speech Monday in which he called the allegations against Kavanaugh a Democratic smear job.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, said that fellow members on the Senate Judiciary Committee are being "shut out" from getting any information from any other witnesses and accusers of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the committee plans to move ahead with the confirmation process to send Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

"It's a con game that they're playing", Trump said.

Still, President Trump is not ruling out withdrawing Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

He said that he was looking forward to the accuser and Kavanaugh testifying during Thursday's Senate hearing. It lasted almost an hour-and-a-half and, to no one's surprise, he wasn't quite able to patch things up with those who have argued he's been insensitive to Brett Kavanaugh's accusers.

Trump was largely incoherent in responding to questions about the sexual assault accusations against Kavanaugh, offering an undecipherable knot of lies and contradictions.

In an interview with Fox News aired on Monday night, Kavanaugh said he "never sexually assaulted anyone", has "always treated women with dignity and respect" and "did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter". "And I'll be very proud of him".

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

While Trump has repeatedly weathered allegations from women, the Kavanaugh controversy presents the biggest challenge yet for Trump in the #MeToo moment.

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. "When you are guilty until proven innocent, it's just not supposed to be that way".

He also misattributed a quote from former Vice President Joe Biden, who Trump claims said "They don't do this", referring to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She felt that everyone at Yale was very rich, very smart and very sophisticated and that as a Puerto Rican woman from a less privileged background she was an outsider.

Trump also applauded his work in North Korea and highlighted his positive relationship with dictator Kim Jong Un.

"People want fame. They want money".

"We've had a good talk". Probably she would have fallen back on arguing that time is of the essence: We simply can't keep delaying indefinitely as people mysteriously recover hazy memories of Kavanaugh being abusive decades ago.

In fact, he said, he'd be calling Xi on Thursday to check in following the question by a New York Times reporter.

  • Rogelio Becker