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Trump Doesn’t Think Accuser Testimony Will Derail Kavanaugh Nomination

Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump dismissed the idea that public testimony Thursday from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford alleging high school era sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh will derail his nomination, in a radio interview with Geraldo Rivera.

“We went through a whole hearing. The hearing was over and then all of a sudden a letter that was being held by Sen. Feinstein emerged. It could have emerged much earlier. I think that was a shame,” Trump said first when speaking of the allegations.

Ford went public last week in an on-the-record interview with The Washington Post. Ford detailed to the Post how she sent an anonymous letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein regarding the alleged encounter months earlier. Feinstein said she forwarded Ford’s letter to the FBI for review but never made the allegations public until stories began to surface around the letter itself after Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings ended.

She will now testify before Congress Thursday followed by a rebuttal from Kavanaugh.

Asked if he believed Ford’s testimony will lead to senators believing her testimony and not voting for Kavanaugh, Trump replied “number one, I don’t think that will happen. And number two, I want her to have her voice. Let her have her voice. Let her say whatever she has to say. Let him say what he has to say. At the end the senators will make a choice.”