Trump Defends Brett Kavanaugh After Reappearance of Charges of Inappropriate Sexual Behavior

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President Donald Trump jumped into the defense of Supreme Court judge Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday after accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior reappeared that once threatened to torpedo his bank nomination.

“He is an innocent man who has been treated HORRIBLY,” Trump said on Twitter, referring to the accusations as “lies.” The president also accused critics of trying to influence Kavanaugh’s views and suggested that Kavanaugh “begin to sue people for responsibility, or the Department of Justice should come to his rescue.” (Trump apparently meant “defamation,” and then reissued the tweet with the correct spelling of the word).

 

 

Kavanaugh was appointed by Trump after the retirement of Judge Anthony Kennedy, a decisive vote in court. He swore last October after a confirmation process focused on the accusations, the protests, the controversy and the great drama of the Senate hearing that followed.

Trump appeared to be responding to an article by two New York Times reporters, published Saturday night, in the opinion section, whose book on Kavanaugh’s appointment will be published this week. In the book, which was summarized in Saturday’s article, the authors wrote that they found a new corroboration of the charges that Kavanaugh was exposed to Deborah Ramírez, a classmate at Yale.

The book, written by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, also uncovered a new charge. Citing two officials, reporters said a former Yale classmate had told senators and the FBI a different episode of alleged inappropriate sexual behavior.

NBC News did not verify the information published on Sunday.

Kavanaugh firmly denied Ramírez’s accusations, as well as Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations that he sexually assaulted her while they were both in high school.

“During his testimony in the Senate, Mr. Kavanaugh said that if the incident described by Ms. Ramírez had occurred, it would be” the conversation on campus “, wrote the journalists in an article from New York Times. “Our reports suggest that was the case.”