While re-opening an FBI background check of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump on Friday praised the testimony of accuser Christine Blasey Ford and said senators should do “whatever they think is necessary” to get to a vote.
A day after an emotional hearing in which Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, Trump told reporters at the White House he thought her testimony was “very compelling” and said “she looks like a very fine woman to me.”
However, he continued to stand by Kavanaugh, saying his testimony “was really something that I haven’t seen before” and “an incredible moment, I think, in the history of our country.”
Asked if he had thought of replacing Kavanaugh, Trump said: “Not even a little bit.”
Hours later, Trump formally ordered a “supplemental investigation” to update Kavanaugh’s background file.