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Trump calls Kavanaugh accuser Ford “credible witness,” has no plans to replace him

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U.S. President Donald Trump introduces U.S. Circuit Judge Brett
M. Kavanaugh as his nominee to the United States Supreme Court
during an event in the East Room of the White House July 9, 2018
in Washington, DC.

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  • 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 favorably 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
favorably recommend Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate.
GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, however, upended the process by
announcing he would vote favorably, 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’ll 

make and I expect them to make

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:

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