DONALD Trump backed his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after he tearfully denied the sexual assault allegations against him today.
The US president said testimony given by Kavanaugh, accused of attacking a fellow student in 1982, was powerful and riveting.
Testifying to the Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh denied allegations he preyed on Professor Christine Blasey Ford at a high school party a “joke”.
His testimony came hours after Dr Ford said she feared Kavanaugh might accidentally kill her during the alleged assault.
She sobbed as she told how potential Supreme Court judge pinned her down and covered her mouth with his hand to muffle her screams.
Moments after he finished testifying, Trump tweeted: “Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him.
“His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful.
“This process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!”
Kavanaugh angrily and tearfully claimed he was the victim of a “political hit” after Dr Ford said she was “100 percent certain” he attacked her.
He testified after Dr Ford finished giving evidence and they were never in the hearing room together.
Kavanaugh branded himself a victim of “grotesque and obvious character assassination”.
He then “unequivocally and categorically” denied Ford’s allegation, adding: “I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process.”
Members of the Senate, controlled 51-49 by Trump’s fellow Republicans, must now decide whether to vote to confirm him.
Over four hours, Dr Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, claimed drunken Kavanaugh attacked her.
She went on to say he tried to remove her clothing at a gathering of teenagers when he was 17 years old and she was 15 in 1982.
The hearing took place against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault.
“With what degree of certainty do you believe Brett Kavanaugh assaulted you?” Democratic Senator Richard Durbin asked Ford.
“One hundred percent,” she replied, remaining firm and unruffled through hours of testimony.
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Two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in the 1980s.
Ramirez accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself during a drunken dormitory party during the 1983-84 academic year when both attended Yale University.
Swetnick said she witnessed efforts by Kavanaugh and others to get girls drunk at parties so they could be raped. She said Kavanaugh was present at a 1982 party where she was raped.
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