Donald Trump said Tuesday that charges of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, who he chose to serve on the Supreme Court, were “a bad turn of the Democrats”.
His remarks in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly mark an escalation in his rhetoric to defend the Conservative judge, whose appointment could be questioned by accusations of sexual misconduct made by two women and in both cases dating back to the 1980s.
Brett Kavanaugh, who spoke in an interview with Fox News, rejected the charges, whether those of academic Christine Blasey Ford or those of Deborah Ramirez. He assured that he would not withdraw his candidacy despite the charges against him.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hear Ford on Thursday morning, said it has scheduled Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote on Friday.
Several Republican senators have said that the vote in the Senate could take place next Tuesday.
In New York, Donald Trump pointed out that Ford’s charges went back 36 years and that “no one had heard of them until then”. On those of Deborah Ramirez, he had these words: “And now, a new accusation is born. And she says, “Maybe it’s not him” […]. And she says she was totally drunk, in confusion, and does not know if it was him, but it could have been him. ”
“And we should not elect him to the Supreme Court for that? It’s a bad turn of the Democrats, “continued the US president.
“We will move forward”
An inquiry was opened by several Democratic senators on the story of the new accuser, Deborah Ramirez.
The facts go back to the 1983-1984 academic year, when Kavanaugh and Ramirez were both students at Yale.
Kavanaugh would have, during a party watered between students on campus, exhibited his cock in front of her and would have tried to put it on his face.
For her part, Christine Blasey Ford has agreed to appear before the Judiciary Committee of the Senate on Thursday.
Kavanaugh said he was not present at the party where Ford was assaulted, and that people at the party said Ford had no memory of going there.
This case prompted the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone Kavanaugh’s nomination vote. It takes a particular turn at six weeks of the intermediate elections of November 6th.
Republicans have a slim majority in the Senate, with 51 seats against 49 Democrats, and confirmation of Kavanaugh may depend on a few moderate Republicans who have not yet announced their voting intentions. Among them are Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and Jeff Flake.
Mitch McConnell, however, said he believed Brett Kavanaugh would get enough Republican votes for his candidacy to be confirmed.
“We will move forward. I am confident that we will win, hopefully [his candidacy] will be confirmed shortly, “he told reporters on Capitol Hill.