- President Donald Trump called Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, a “very credible witness” and said her testimony was “compelling.”
- His remarks came after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to favourably recommend Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but with Sen. Jeff Flake calling for a week-long FBI investigation into the allegations before a floor vote.
- Trump said he has no plans to replace Kavanaugh with a different nominee, and will let the Senate work out the details of future confirmation proceedings.
- Catch up on everything that happened in this morning’s committee vote here.
President Donald Trump called Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, a “very credible witness,” but said he isn’t considering replacing Kavanaugh and will allow the Senate to exercise discretion on further proceedings.
“I thought her testimony was very compelling. She looks like a very fine woman to me,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday alongside Chilean President Sebastián Piñera.
“And I thought that Brett’s testimony likewise was really something that I haven’t seen, it was incredible. It was an incredible moment I think in the history of our country. But certainly she was a very credible witness. She was very good in many respects,” he added.
His comments came after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to favourably recommend Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate. GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, however, upended the process by announcing he would vote favourably, but only with the understanding that the FBI would conduct a week-long investigation into the allegations first.
Trump told reporters that he hadn’t thought about replacing Kavanaugh “even a little bit.” When asked if the White House counsel would formally request a continued FBI investigation into the allegations, he answered he would rely on the guidance of Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley.
“That’s a decision that they will make and I expect them to make a decision soon,” he said. “To take a vote or whatever else they want to do. I’ll be reliant on what Senator Grassley and the group decides to do.”
The Judiciary Committee vote came one day after both Ford and Kavanaugh delivered a combined eight hours of historic, emotional testimony before the senators on the committee. Ford accused Kavanaugh of groping and attempting to rape her at a suburban Maryland house party in 1982 when he was 17 and she 15.
Read Business Insider’s full coverage of the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing:
- Full recap of the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing here
- ‘I am terrified’: Ford details her sexual-assault allegation in gut-wrenching opening statement
- ‘I will not be intimidated into withdrawing’: Kavanaugh defiant in prepared remarks for Senate hearing
- Ford says the strongest memory she has of Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault was ‘the uproarious laughter’
- Ford says she decided to come forward after reporters were sitting outside of her house and showing up in her classroom where she taught
- Here is the polygraph test Ford took following her sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh
- Meet Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s high-school friend and the other man who’s becoming central to the allegations
- Here are all the allegations against Kavanaugh
- How the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing compares to the 1991 Anita Hill hearing
- Meet Rachel Mitchell, the woman questioning Ford about her Kavanaugh allegations
- Meet Brett Kavanaugh, ‘the Forrest Gump of Republican politics’
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