President Donald Trump on Thursday declared that the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are “totally uncorroborated” and will possibly benefit Republicans in the upcoming midterms.
“The harsh and unfair treatment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh is having an incredible upward impact on voters. The PEOPLE get it far better than the politicians. Most importantly, this great life cannot be ruined by mean & despicable Democrats and totally uncorroborated allegations!” he tweeted.
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The tweet came as senators were set to begin reviewing the results of an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh levied by Christine Blasey Ford, who claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. After a cascade of leaked confidential information related to Kavanaugh’s confirmation, only senators and a select few staffers can review the investigation under strict time restrictions. The White House received the results of the FBI investigation ahead of the senators’ review.
White House spokesman Raj Shah said on CNN he can’t discuss the contents of the investigation or provide a list of who was interviewed, though Ford’s lawyers have said their client was never interviewed by the FBI. Several friends and colleagues of Ford and Kavanaugh have spoken publicly about their recollections, including classmates who said Kavanaugh largely underplayed his drinking during his testimony last week.
Later in the morning as senators from both parties had an opportunity to review the file, Trump tweeted again: “This is a very important time in our country. Due Process, Fairness and Common Sense are now on trial!”
The White House and Senate Republicans have eagerly pointed out Kavanaugh has undergone several background checks without his alleged alcohol abuse or sexual misconduct ever posing a problem. Trump rejoined the chorus with another tweet Thursday morning pointing out “This is now the 7th. time the FBI has investigated Judge Kavanaugh.”
“If we made it 100, it would still not be good enough for the Obstructionist Democrats,” the president continued.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) rejected Republicans’ claim that past investigations contained “not a whiff” of the current allegations. Speaking in CNN on Thursday morning, the senator said: “I will tell you on its face that statement was inaccurate, that ‘not a whiff statement.” He added, “I know it based on having reviewed personally the background investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh before this controversy.”
Trump’s tweet also comes as midterm elections approach, with Republicans facing a dramatic wave of Democratic challengers. The president also tweeted Wednesday about his confidence in a large Republican victory, saying Democrats’ grilling of Kavanaugh will lead Americans to vote Republican.
“VOTERS ARE REALLY ANGRY AT THE VICIOUS AND DESPICABLE WAY DEMOCRATS ARE TREATING BRETT KAVANAUGH!” he tweeted Wednesday.
Later he added: “Wow, such enthusiasm and energy for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Look at the Energy, look at the Polls. Something very big is happening. He is a fine man and great intellect. The country is with him all the way!”