WASHINGTON D.C. (News4Utah)-President Trump is defending Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh amid allegations Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman in the 1980s.
“They had the information in July as I understand it. That’s a long time ago and nobody mentioned it until the other day, ” Trump said.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination on Thursday.
Now several lawmakers, including a handful of Republicans, want that vote postponed.
They say Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Ford, should testify about what happened 36 years ago when they were both in high school.
On Monday Kavanaugh again denied any wrongdoing.
Writing in a statement quote:
“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone.”
President Trump says he’s confident the Senate will find the truth.
“They’ll go through a process and hear everybody out. I think it’s important. I believe they think it’s important,” he said.
Even the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he’s ready to investigate the allegations.
Senator Chuck Grassley says he has long protected whistleblowers but says the Committee should have investigated these claims weeks ago.
Senator Orrin Hatch stated that he believes any accuser deserves to be heard and that he stands by Grassley’s efforts to investigate the claims:
“As I said last week, any accuser deserves to be heard. I stand by Chairman Grassley’s efforts to begin our due diligence in the regular order of the Judiciary Committee. I stand by Chairman Grassley’s efforts to begin our due diligence in the regular order of the Judiciary Committee. I remain deeply disappointed by the way Senate Democrats have so grossly mishandled these accusations thus far. It seems in bad faith to hold this information from Republicans and from the FBI for over a month and then to suggest at the final hour that the only path forward is delaying the confirmation to allow the FBI to investigate.
By working with us to get the facts expeditiously—and by maintaining Chairman Grassley’s initial timeline—Democrats can prove that their first priority is the truth, not politics.”
Last week, Senator Hatch stated the accusation was in the “11th hour” and that the Kavanaugh confirmation should not be stalled because of it.
Political analyst Gary Nordlinger says despite the controversy, he believes Kavanaugh will ultimately be confirmed.
“I think ultimately the Republicans will have the votes to get him through and with some Democrats supporting him”
Kavanaugh spent most of Monday at the White House, but aides say he did not meet with President Trump.