US President Donald Trump has attacked the credibility of the woman accusing the would-be Supreme Court justice of sexual assault when they were teens.
Trump, until now, followed the Republican party line of standing by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, insisting that the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, be given a respectful, fair hearing.
However, with Trump’s aim of tilting the Supreme Court to the right before the Republicans risk losing Congress in November now in doubt, the gloves have come off.
Trump openly rejected the credibility of Ford’s claim to have been sexually assaulted by a drunken Kavanaugh when they were at private schools near Washington, DC, 36 years ago.
In a series of tweets, he blamed the entire row on “radical left-wing politicians” seeking to “destroy and delay” Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Ford, who has yet to give her full account in public, says the FBI should investigate her claim.
“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says,” Trump wrote, “charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents.”
“The radical left lawyers want the FBI to get involved NOW. Why didn’t someone call the FBI 36 years ago?” Trump asked.