Trump: Sen. Feinstein Should Have Brought Up Misconduct Allegations During Meeting with Kavanaugh

Melanie Arter | September 17, 2018 | 10:27pm EDT
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( – President Donald Trump reacted Monday to the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying, he is “respected by everybody” and he “never even a had a little blemish on his record.”

“He’s an outstanding intellect. An outstanding judge. Respected by everybody. Never even had a little blemish on his record. The FBI has I think gone through a process six times with him over the years where he went to higher and higher positions. He is somebody very special. At the same time, we want to go through a process. We want to make sure everything is perfect, everything is just right,” Trump told reporters.

The president said he wished “the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner, because they had this information for many months, and they shouldn’t have waited till literally the last days.”

“They should have done it a lot sooner, but with all of that being said we want to go through the process. One thing I will say is that as I understand it, Judge Kavanaugh spent quite a bit of time with Senator Feinstein, and it wasn’t even brought up at that meeting and she had this information,” Trump said.

“So you would have thought certainly that she would have brought it up at the meeting – not wait til everything’s finished and then have to start a process all over again, but with all of it being said, we want to go through a full process,” he said.

Trump said he has “great confidence” in the Senate and its procedures.

“And I think that’s probably what they’re going to do. They’ll go through a process and hear everybody out. I think it’s important. I believe they think it’s important, but again, he is one of the great intellects and one of the finest people that anybody has known. You look at his references. I've never seen anything quite like it,” the president said.

When asked whether the vote on Kavanaugh should be delayed, Trump said he doesn’t know and that “it depends on the process.”

“I’d like to see a complete process. I'd like everybody to be very happy .Most importantly, I want the American people to be happy because they’re getting somebody that is great. I want him to go in at the absolute highest level, and I think to do that you have to go through this. If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay. It shouldn't certainly be very much,” Trump said.

“But again, this is something that should have been brought up long before this. They had the information in July as I understand it. That’s a long time ago and nobody mentioned it until the other day. You know, it’s very unfortunate they didn’t mention it sooner, but with all of that being said, it will, I'm sure, work out very well. You’re talking about an individual who is as high a quality individual as you will ever see,” he said.

Trump said he hasn’t spoken to Kavanaugh. When asked whether Kavanaugh has offered to resign, Trump said, “Next question. What a ridiculous question."

When asked whether Kavanaugh’s nomination is still on track for confirmation, Trump said, “Oh, I think he's on track, yeah. I mean, I think he's very much on track. If they delay it a little bit just to make sure everybody is happy -- they want to be happy. I can tell you, the Republican senators want to be 100 percent happy themselves. They're doing it very, very professionally. Again, this should have been brought up a long time ago,” the president said.

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