Trump open to hearing Kavanaugh accusers, but says allegations against judge ‘all...

Trump open to hearing Kavanaugh accusers, but says allegations against judge ‘all false’

By Luke Vargas   
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President Trump holds a news conference on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. September 26, 2018. Photo: Luke Vargas/TMN
President Trump holds a news conference on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. September 26, 2018. Photo: Luke Vargas/TMN

'They know it’s a big fat con job,' Trump said of congressional Democrats who helped bring to light allegations against judge Brett Kavanaugh.

NEW YORK – President Trump left the door open to withdrawing his support for Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday depending on the outcome of congressional testimony on Thursday featuring one of the Supreme Court nominee’s alleged sexual assault victims.

“I can’t tell you whether or not they’re liars until I hear them,” Trump said of the now three accusers who contend Kavanaugh either sexually assaulted them or stood by as others did so.

“They’re going to have a big shot at speaking and making their case, and you know what, I could be persuaded also,” he added, failing to note that only one woman, Christine Blasey Ford, will appear before lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

A ‘Big Fat Con Job’

Trump’s stated openness to considering the allegations levied at his embattled Supreme Court nominee were undercut by remarks only moments earlier in which he said their claims sounded “all false, to me.”

The president also spared no punches in questioning the motives of Kavanaugh’s accusers, their legal representatives and political backers.

“Frankly, had they reported it, it would have been pretty amazing, wouldn’t it?” Trump said of the decision by Blasey Ford and her parents not to press charges against Kavanaugh more than three decades ago.

“Somebody could come and say, 30 years ago, 25 years ago, 10 years ago, five years ago he did a horrible thing to me – he did this, he did that, he did that – and honestly, it’s a very dangerous period in our country,” Trump said, seeming to imply that those accused of sexual assault, not their accusers, are the ones at risk in contemporary America.

Trump reserved his harshest language for congressional Democrats, whom he called “evil people” and blamed for withholding allegations against Kavanaugh for political purposes.

“They know it’s a big fat con job, and they go into a room and I guarantee you they laugh like at hell at what they pulled off on you and on the public,” he said.

Trump conceded his own experience as the target of sexual misconduct allegations by at least 22 women made him more sympathetic to Kavanaugh, contending his notoriety likely led women to levy claims for selfish reasons.

“People want fame, they want money, they want whatever. So when I see it, I view it differently than someone sitting at home watching television.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin a hearing featuring Blasey Ford at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Committee Democrats are expected to ask questions of Blasey Ford after she offers opening remarks, while Republicans will let Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell ask questions on their behalf.

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