President Donald Trump called the controversy involving newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh a “hoax” drummed up by “evil” people. He also said he has no plans to fire Rod Rosenstein, a top Justice Department official.
Kavanaugh victim of ‘hoax’
THE PRESIDENT LASHED OUT at Democrats on Monday for their behavior in the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, calling the controversy over the newly minted Supreme Court justice a “hoax” brought about by “evil” people.
Trump got it started in a scrum with reporters before his flight to Florida to address a convention of police chiefs. He claimed Kavanaugh “was caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats using the Democrats’ lawyers.”
— TIME (@TIME) October 8, 2018
In Florida Trump amped up his attack.
“It was very, very unfair what happened to him: False charges, false accusations, horrible statements that were totally untrue that he knew nothing about,” Trump said. “It was a disgraceful situation that was brought about by people that were evil.”
Pres. Trump on Brett Kavanaugh: “It was very, very unfair, what happened to him…It was a disgraceful situation brought about by people that are evil. And he toughed it out.” https://t.co/NkJuIoh4fP pic.twitter.com/gfh4uUT2KX
— ABC News (@ABC) October 8, 2018
Kavanaugh was confirmed by the Senate on Saturday in a 50-48 vote after weeks of swirling controversy over an allegation by Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually assaulted her when they were teens.
Trump had remained mostly quiet during the fight, but he’s been speaking up lately. He said Monday the controversy has energized Republicans and will cost Democrats in the upcoming election.
In Rod he trusts?
DESPITE SWIRLING RUMORS, Trump said he’s not going to fire Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general at the Justice Department.
Rosenstein has been under attack by congressional Republicans and Trump has frequently expressed his own unhappiness about Rosenstein’s role in the department’s long-running Russia investigation.
Yet Trump now claims he has “a good relationship” with Rosenstein, who flew down to Florida with him. Talk that Rosenstein could get fired reached a boiling point three weeks ago after a New York Times article suggested the deputy attorney general had questioned Trump’s mental stability.
Rosenstein called the article “inaccurate and factually incorrect.” If he does step down or is fired, it almost certainly won’t be until after the November congressional elections.
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