While he heaped praise on his nominee, Trump said he supports going “through a full process” to “hear everybody out” on the matter and accepted the possibility that Kavanaugh’s nomination could be delayed as a result.
“Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people that I’ve ever known. He’s an outstanding intellect, an outstanding judge, respected by everybody. Never even had a little blemish on his record,” the President said. “If it takes a little delay, it’ll take a little delay. It shouldn’t, certainly, be very much.”
“It will, I’m sure, work out very well,” Trump added.
The President also knocked Democrats for not releasing information about the sexual assault allegation sooner, noting that Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, first received information about it in June.
Trump said he had not spoken with Kavanaugh, and when asked called a reporter’s question about whether Kavanaugh has offered to withdraw “ridiculous.”
Kavanaugh’s confirmation process has been rocked by the decision of his accuser, California professor Christine Blasey Ford, to go public with her allegation, which was first revealed anonymously last week.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.
“They’ll go through a process and hear everybody out. I think it’s important. I believe they think it’s important,” Trump said. “I would like to see a complete process. I would like everybody to be very happy.”