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Trump Questions Credibility of Kavanaugh Accusation

If the attack were as bad as Ford says, she would have gone to police, says president
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2018 8:39 AM CDT
President Trump answers a reporter's question during a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the East Room of the White House Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – President Trump has largely held his tongue in defense of Brett Kavanaugh, but he is now challenging the account of accuser Christine Blasey Ford and questioning why she didn't come forward much sooner with her allegation of sexual misconduct. "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents," Trump tweeted Friday morning. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" The tweet follows an interview with Fox News in which Trump made a similar point, reports CNN.

"Why didn't somebody call the FBI 36 years ago?" Trump asked in the Fox interview. "I mean you could also say when did this all happen, what's going on? To take a man like this and besmirch—now with that being said, let her have her say and let's see how it all works out." In another tweet Friday, Trump described Kavanaugh as a "fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don’t want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay." As things stand now, Kavanaugh is expected to testify Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Ford is negotiating to appear later in the week, perhaps Thursday. (Did Kavanaugh favor "a look" for his clerks?)

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