by Sharon Rondeau

(Oct. 3, 2018) — During a Wednesday presser before 1:30 p.m. EDT, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders described Senate Democrats’ approach toward Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings and subsequent sexual-assault allegations as “a complete and total disgrace” and a departure from routine protocol.

In doing so, Sanders said, “Democrats have undermined our entire judicial branch.”

“The Senate Democrats hold all of the responsibility” for exposing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s identity and entertaining “eleventh-hour” allegations, regardless of how absurd they might have been, Sanders forcefully said.

Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in approximately 1982 at a house party where high-schoolers gathered and no parents were home.  Ford claims she was 15 and Kavanaugh 17 when the alleged incident occurred.

Both Ford and Kavanaugh testified last Thursday to the Senate Judiciary Committee, with each maintaining with complete confidence, respectively, that Kavanaugh was or was not Ford’s assailant.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s accusations, those of two other women which came subsequently, an anonymous accusation from California and a retracted one from Rhode Island made public by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

When questioned, Sanders reiterated the White House’s rebuttal to a New York Times story published Tuesday claiming that President Donald Trump “could have” avoided paying taxes “for nearly two decades.”

Reporters took issue with the way in which Trump characterized Ford’s testimony last week while speaking at a rally Tuesday night in Southaven, MS.  Although on Thursday Trump said he found her testimony “compelling,” since then parts of it have been refuted by witnesses of the event Ford identified and most recently, by a former boyfriend who had a six-year relationship with her in a letter released Tuesday night.

In her comments, Sanders said that the White House believes that both Ford and Kavanaugh have been victimized by the Democrats, who possessed a secret letter Ford wrote to her congresswoman and Sen. Dianne Feinstein but did not make its existence known until long after Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings were concluded.



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