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ON SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS AGAINST KAVANAUGH

September 28, 2018

Trump told reporters he’d be watching closely on Thursday as Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, deliver public testimony. He said it was possible he could withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination if he believes her.

“If I thought he was guilty of something like this,” he told reporters, “yeah, sure.” He added: “I could be convinced of anything.”

But Trump, who has repeatedly defended men accused of sexual misconduct, also said his thinking on such allegations had been colored by the numerous accusations of sexual assault that have been leveled against him — falsely, he insists.

“It’s happened to me many times,” he said, citing “four or five women” who “got paid a lot of money” to make those allegations.

In fact, more than a dozen women came forward during the 2016 presidential campaign, claiming they had been assaulted, groped or kissed without consent by Trump.

Trump also continued to describe the allegations Kavanaugh is facing as “a big fat con job” and defended his nominee as “one of the highest quality people that I’ve ever met.” Kavanaugh has also denied all the allegations against him.

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