Trump on Wednesday stood by his decision not to call on the FBI to reopen its background investigation of Kavanaugh.
“The FBI told us they’ve investigated Judge Kavanaugh six times, five times, many times over the years. They know him very well,” Trump said.
“It’s not for the FBI,” Trump said, echoing his past comments.
The President added that an FBI investigation — even if it came back giving Kavanaugh a clean check — would not change any Democrats’ minds.
“They’re obstructionists. They’re actually con artists,” Trump said.
The President said he believes the ordeal will hurt Democrats in the midterm elections, saying voters “know it’s a big fat con job.”
“I think people are going to see that in the midterms. What they’ve done to his family, what they’ve done to his children,” Trump said. “They know it’s a big fat con job.”
“They laugh like hell at what they pulled off on you and the public. It wouldn’t matter if the FBI came back with the cleanest score,” Trump said.
The President said he could change his mind if he hears the women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault and other inappropriate behavior.
“They’re giving the women a major chance to speak. Now it’s possible I’ll hear that and say, ‘Hey I’m changing my mind. Hey, that’s possible,’ ” Trump said.
He did not respond to a follow up from CNN’s Jim Acosta about whether he would support the other women beyond Christine Blasey Ford getting a chance to testify on Capitol Hill.
“Whoever is given a chance … We’ve delayed it a long time,” Trump said. “They’re going to have a big shot at speaking, at making their case.”
In his hometown for the annual United Nations General Assembly, Trump has engaged in a week of intensive diplomacy pocked by the persistent political chaos in Washington. Six one-on-one meetings and two major addresses have not proved ample distraction for the President, who has railed against Democrats for orchestrating what he’s deemed a “con.”
Behind the scenes, Trump has sought to take the reins of the narrative, disappointed that neither Kavanaugh nor congressional Republicans have been able to put the allegations to rest.