WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said that the FBI should not investigate sexual assault allegations levied against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaug since, he claimed, the agency does not want to.
“This is not really their thing,” Trump told reporters during his remarks in the Oval Office. “The Senators will do a good job.”
California professor Christine Ford told the Washington Post that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to remove her clothes when the two were teenagers.
Ford had previously informed Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) of the alleged incident in an anonymous letter. The Senator, who is the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, turned the matter over to federal investigators.
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied Ford’s account.
“This is a completely false allegation,” Kavanaugh said in a statement. “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone.”
Both Kavanaugh and Ford will have both been been invited to testify on the allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday, but Ford has reportedly not confirmed an appearance.
Trump said Tuesday that the delay in the confirmation process is “certainly acceptable” in order to examine the issue.
He also noted that he has not yet spoken to Kavanaugh since the Post reported the full details of Ford’s accounts, suggesting that it would be unwise for him to do so.
“I haven’t wanted to speak with Judge Kavanaugh because I know somebody will ask what you asked me which is have you spoken to him,” Trump said. “Specifically I thought it would be a good thing not to, he can handle himself better than anybody he’s a very outstanding man.”
The president added that he remains supportive.