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Trump: Hard to imagine ‘anything happened’ with Kavanaugh, Christine Ford

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Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed skepticism over sexual
assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett
Kavanaugh.

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  • President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he finds it “very
    hard” to believe “anything happened” between Supreme Court
    nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. 
  • Ford alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high
    school party when they were teenagers in the Washington, DC,
    area.
  • Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s allegations. 
  • Ford and Kavanaugh have both expressed a willingness to
    testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the alleged assault,
    but Ford and her legal team want the FBI to investigate the
    incident before such a hearing is held.
  • Trump doesn’t think the FBI should get involved and said he
    hopes Ford will testify next week. 

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he finds it “very hard”
to believe “anything happened” between Supreme Court nominee
Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. 

Ford alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school
party when they were teenagers in the Washington, DC, area. She

told a therapist about the alleged assault several years ago

and has called for the FBI to investigate the incident.

But Trump expressed skepticism about Ford’s allegations and said
he doesn’t feel the FBI should get involved, though he said he
supported having her and Kavanaugh testify before the Senate
Judiciary Committee. 

“If [Ford] shows up and makes a credible showing, that will
be very interesting and we’ll have to make a decision,” Trump
told reporters while departing the White House to visit North
Carolina following Hurricane Florence.

The president added: “But I can only say this. [Kavanaugh]
is such an outstanding man. Very hard for me to imagine that
anything happened.”

Trump also expressed sympathy for Kavanaugh and his family.

It is very unfair. … As you know, Brett Kavanaugh has
been treated very, very tough. And his family. I think it is a
very unfair thing what’s going on,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ford’s attorneys on Tuesday said their client is

facing death threats
, that her family has relocated from
their home, and that she’s hired private security since coming
forward. 

Ford and Kavanaugh have both expressed a willingness to testify
to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the alleged assault, but
Ford and her legal team want the FBI to investigate the incident
before such a hearing is held. The committee’s chairman,
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, had hoped to hold the hearing
next Monday. 

As he dismissed the notion of the FBI getting involved, Trump on
Wednesday said of Ford: “I really want to see her. I really
would want to see what she has to say. If she shows up, that
would be wonderful. If she doesn’t show up, that would be
unfortunate.”

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied Ford’s
allegations. 

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