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Facing pressure over his Supreme Court nominee being accused of sexual assault, Trump on Wednesday decided to baselessly accuse Senate Democrats of setting up a âwitch huntâ againstÂ Brett Kavanaugh.
Trumpâs comments suggest he may be preparing to wage an ugly war against Dr.Â Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Kavanaugh ofÂ violently attempting to rape herÂ at a party when she was 15 and he was 17.
While Trump managed to avoid directly smearing Ford herself, he also said Democrats are trying to âmake up a lot of stuffâ about Kavanaugh â strongly suggesting that he thinks Fordâs story isnât true.
âThis is no different than the Russian witch hunt,â TrumpÂ saidÂ of Senate Democrats in an interview released Wednesday. â[T]hey make up a lot of stuff and try and obstruct and resist. Because you know Iâve always, Iâve always said that the Russia hoax was an excuse for them losing the election.â
Trump is attempting to equate Fordâs very credible claims against Kavanaugh with the demented âdeep stateâ conspiracy theories Trump has been pushing for the last year to try to discredit the investigation into his campaignâs ties to Russia.
In the same interview, Trump claimed he did at least want to hear from Ford. âI donât want to comment on her until I see her,â he said.
But Trump also told reporters on Wednesday heÂ strongly doubtsÂ thereâs any truth to her claim of an alleged sexual assault. âVery hard for me to imagine that anything happened,â he said.
Kavanaughâs nomination already enjoyed zero bipartisan public support among U.S. Senators, and heâsÂ deeply unpopularÂ with the public. Just 31 percent of Americans support Kavanaughâs confirmation.
In historical context, thatâs astonishingly low for a Supreme Court nominee. When Harriet Miers had toÂ withdrawÂ her doomed nomination in 2005, she enjoyedÂ 42 percentÂ public support for her confirmation.
Many Republicans areÂ worriedÂ that the allegations against Kavanaugh could hurt them, and rightfully so. But theÂ GOP is still scrambling to figure out a wayÂ to ram throughÂ the confirmation anyway.
On Tuesday, Ford requested to have theÂ FBI investigateÂ her claim before she agrees to testify in front of Congress.
âA full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner,â Fordâs attorneys, Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, wrote in aÂ letterÂ to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Many Republicans and their conservative allies in the press have already begun aÂ full-on smear campaignÂ against Ford.
Radio host Laura Ingraham demanded to know how the allegation of a sexual assault is ârelevant to whether [Kavanaugh] is qualified to sit on the Supreme Court?â She evenÂ suggestedÂ that Fordâs âformer boyfriendsâ be contacted.
Trump might think heâs helping Kavanaugh by comparing this scandal to the Russia investigation and calling it a âwitch hunt.âÂ But that investigation has already producedÂ 32 indictments or convictionsÂ â and only time can tell how an investigation into Kavanaughâs alleged assault would play out.
Published with permission of The American Independent.Â