NBC’s Meet The Press host Chuck Todd on Tuesday cast doubt on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s claim that he did not attend a high school house party 36 years ago where he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman.
Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, 51, made her name and her accusations public in an interview with The Washington Post Sunday. She claimed Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream. The Post reported that the party occurred “one summer in the early 1980s” — but did not reveal additional details about the house or date.
In a statement to Fox News on Monday, Sen. Orrin Hatch’s (R-Utah) office said that Kavanaugh told the senator “he was not at a party like the one [Ford] describes” and added that Ford “may be mistaking [Kavanaugh] for someone else.”
“This is a completely false allegation,” Kavanaugh said in a subsequent statement Monday morning. “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday. I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.”
“The problem with the denial is Dr. Ford didn’t make a specific allegation of a specific event,” Todd explained to MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson on Tuesday. “She admitted she couldn’t remember which house where this was. So, why does he have a very specific ability to deny?”
“The point is, it seemed to raise more questions, perhaps, the specific denial,” he added. “There’s a lot of people that could come out and have different remembrances here and that’s why I think, every day, you should judge this nomination on a day-to-day basis is the bottom line.”