A “calm” and defiant President Trump is reportedly sticking with his nomination of Brett Kavanaugh despite the latest allegations against the judge published Sunday in The New Yorker, a story the White House was aware of before its publication.
“Per people in contact with him, Trump was briefed earlier today on the allegations in the New Yorker piece,” wrote New York Times White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman via Twitter. “Per one person briefed on the discussions, Trump said this is why they should have been fighting the Ford allegations from the beginning.”
Per people in contact with him, Trump was briefed earlier today on the allegations in the New Yorker piece. Per one person briefed on the discussions, Trump said this is why they should have been fighting the Ford allegations from the beginning.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 24, 2018
NBC’s Peter Alexander reported on “two conversations” Trump had about the latest allegations before they became public and noted that the president “expressed no change in his views about Kavanaugh.”
NEW: Trump had two conversations today about the latest Kavanaugh allegation, before it became public, according to a source familiar with confirmation process.
The president expressed no change in his views about Kavanaugh.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) September 24, 2018
According to Kavanaugh’s latest accuser, Deborah Ramirez, the then-college student exposed himself to her at a drunken college dorm party during the 1983-84 school year. Although The New Yorker reports that Ramirez was “at first hesitant to speak publicly, partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident,” she later “felt confident enough in her recollections” after “six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney.” (RELATED: A Second Woman: Kavanaugh Decries Last Minute Smear As New Accuser Emerges)
“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen,” Kavanaugh said in a statement denying the charge. “The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name.”