President Donald Trump on Friday called Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, a “very credible witness” and said he wants Republican Senate leaders to do “whatever they think is necessary” to get to a decision on whether to confirm him.
“I thought her testimony was very compelling, and she looks like a very fine woman to me,” Trump said following a White House meeting with Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.
“I thought that Brett’s testimony, likewise, was really something that I haven’t seen before, it was incredible,” Trump said. “I think it will work out very well for the country.”
Asked if he had considered a replacement for Kavanaugh, Trump responded, “Not even a little bit.”
'It was an incredible moment in the history of our country.' President Trump praises Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's testimony to a Senate panel regarding sexual assault allegations pic.twitter.com/MQUCGTd22F
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Trump on Friday said it would be up to the Judiciary Committee on whether to reopen the FBI background investigation into Kavanaugh.
Trump remarks came after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) called for a one-week delay in the floor vote pending further investigation into the allegations.
“I will be totally reliant on what [Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck] Grassley and the group decides to do,” Trump said. “They have to do what they think is right. They have to be comfortable with themselves.”
Ultimately, it would be up to the president to order the FBI to reopen its background investigation into Kavanaugh.