WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he and his allies will “have to make a decision” if California professor Christine Blasey Ford provides credible testimony against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“That’ll be very interesting,” Trump said from the South Lawn of the White House.
The president added that it is “very hard” to imagine that Ford’s sexual assault allegations against the nominee are true, going on to describe Kavanaugh as “such an outstanding man.”
In a Washington Post report published Sunday, Ford claimed that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her, and tried to remove her clothes when they were both teenagers. She said he also put his hand over her mouth, making her afraid for her life. Another teen eventually jumped on him and she escaped, she said.
Kavanaugh has denied the entirety of the allegations.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing next Monday to allow both Kavanaugh and Ford to provide testimony.
CNN reported Tuesday evening that Ford’s legal team wants the FBI to conduct an independent probe prior to their client’s participation, stating in a letter to the committee that the professor and her family had to leave their home because she has received death threats in the wake of coming forward.
“If they care about doing the right thing here and treating this seriously as they have said, then they will do the right thing and they will properly investigate this, and she will work with them in that investigation and also to share her story with the committee,” attorney Lisa Banks told Anderson Cooper.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Ia.), the committee’s chair, has said that Monday’s hearing will take place regardless of Ford’s participation.