Hillary Clinton has responded to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s claim during last Thursday’s hearing that the women accusing him of sexual misconduct were part of an elaborate scheme concocted “on behalf of the Clintons” to get revenge for President Donald Trump’s electoral victory in the 2016 presidential race. Asked about Kavanaugh’s comments on Tuesday at the Atlantic Festival in Washington D.C., Clinton’s initial response was to burst into laughter.
“Thirty-six years ago, we started this against him?” she asked, referring to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party they both attended in 1982. “Even before, in high school apparently.”
“It deserves a lot of laughter,” she added. “I wasn’t watching when he said that — I was having to be somewhere else … so I heard about it later. thought it was just part of the whole of his very defensive and unconvincing presentation. And I told someone later, ‘Boy, I’ll tell you, they give us a lot of credit.’”
After the hearings, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11 to 10 along party lines to proceed with the confirmation process, but Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona joined Democrats to call for a FBI probe specifically into Ford’s allegations against him. After the conclusion of a weeklong investigation that Democrats criticized as severely limited and did not include interviews with either Ford or Kavanaugh, both Flake and Senator Susan Collins of Maine — who hold key swing votes — nonetheless hailed it as “very thorough,” indicating that it was likely that they would vote to confirm the judge this weekend.
Clinton, for her part, said that Ford had shown remarkable bravery in coming forward, and characterized her testimony as “very credible.”
“You have to ask yourself, ‘Why would anybody put themselves through this if they did not believe that they had important information to convey to the Senate?'” said Clinton. “She basically said that she thought it was her civic duty. So I found her presentation, I found her willingness to say, ‘I don’t remember that but I remember this’ to be very convincing. And I felt a great swell of pride that she would be willing to put herself out there under these circumstances.”
Speaking at a rally in Mississippi the same day as Clinton, President Donald Trump also addressed Ford’s testimony — in his case, by aggressively mocking it.
“I had one beer.’ Well, do you think it was — ‘Nope, it was one beer,'” said Trump, imitating Ford. “How did you get home? ‘I don’t remember.’ How’d you get there? ‘I don’t remember.’ Where is the place? ‘I don’t remember.’ How many years ago was it? ‘I don’t know.'”
Watch video of Clinton’s remarks below.
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