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Donald Trump hadn’t mentioned Christine Blasey Ford’s by name
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  • President Donald Trump escalated his defense of Judge
    Brett Kavanaugh on Friday morning, asserting that his Supreme
    Court nominee is “under assault by radical left wing
    politicians.”
  • He also questioned allegations made by Christine Blasey
    Ford, a California professor who says Kavanaugh sexually
    assaulted her when the two were in high school.
  • The president blamed Ford for not notifying local law
    enforcement or the FBI immediately following her alleged
    assault at age 15.
  • Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, and the Senate
    Judiciary Committee is currently negotiating the terms of his
    and Ford’s testimonies.

President Donald Trump escalated his defense of Judge Brett
Kavanaugh on Friday morning, asserting that his Supreme Court
nominee is “under assault by radical left wing politicians”.

He blamed Christine Blasey Ford for not
notifying local law enforcement or the FBI immediately after she
says Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her when the two
were teenagers in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied the
allegations.

Trump argued that Democrats simply want to “destroy and delay”
Kavanaugh’s confirmation process and aren’t interested in getting
to the bottom of the assault allegations, despite the fact that
Trump has refused to ask the FBI to open an investigation into
the alleged assault, which Ford and Democrats are calling for.

“Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable
reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians
who don’t want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and
delay,” the president tweeted.
“Facts don’t matter. I go through this with them every single day
in D.C.”


Brett Kavanaugh
Supreme
Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh listens during his U.S.
Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill
in Washington, US, September 4, 2018.

Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Trump went on to suggest that if Ford, who was 15 at the time of
the alleged attack, did not notify police immediately after a
17-year-old Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her during a high
school party, then she may be lying about her story.

“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as
she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local
Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents,”
he said.
“I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn
date, time, and place!”

In a third tweet, Trump blamed Ford for not alerting the FBI
following the alleged assault in the early 1980s.

“The radical left lawyers want the FBI to get involved NOW,” he
wrote.
“Why didn’t someone call the FBI 36 years ago?”

Ford, now a research psychologist and professor, says an
intoxicated Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her while
his friend watched in a home in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Kavanaugh, she alleges, covered her mouth with his hand and
turned up the music to muffle her screams.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Blasey Ford told the
Washington Post. “He was trying to attack me and remove my
clothing.”

Ford said Thursday she is
willing to testify
before the Senate Judiciary Committee next
week, and is negotiating the terms of her appearance.

Republicans are under pressure to get Trump’s pick confirmed
before the Supreme Court starts its next term on October 1, and
before the midterm elections on November 6.

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