Trump: Kavanaugh ‘doesn’t deserve’ to face sexual assault allegations

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he feels “terribly” for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he faces a decades-old accusation of sexual assault. Trump says the judge “is not a man that deserves this.”

Trump spoke Tuesday at a joint press conference with the president of Poland. He praised Kavanaugh, saying he was “at a level that we rarely see,” but said he supported a review process in the Senate.

Kavanaugh’s nomination has been threatened by a woman’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her when they were high schoolers. He has denied the charge.

Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasely Ford, have both been asked to testify Monday, but it is not clear if Ford will appear.

Trump says he feels “terribly” for Kavanaugh, his wife “and for his beautiful young daughters.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is suggesting that the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has one shot to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, has not confirmed to Republicans that she will appear on Monday at a public hearing. The other witness would be Kavanaugh, who has denied assaulting Ford when they were both in high school.

McConnell said Ford can testify in private if she prefers. But he stressed that, “Monday is her opportunity.”

Democrats say the hearing should not be held until the FBI conducts an investigation of Ford’s claim. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would not order that investigation.

Republican senators say they expect the Judiciary Committee to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination next week.

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