President Donald Trump suggested Friday that the woman who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of a teenage sexual assault should have filed a police report 36 years ago – and challenged her to produce one to prove her case.
Christine Ford has been in the eye of a Washington maelstrom since identifying herself last Sunday, with Republicans demanding her Capitol Hill testimony and Democrats rallying to defend her.
‘I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents,’ Trump tweeted Friday.
‘I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!’
There is no evidence to suggest Ford told her parents about an incident at the time, or that anyone in her family reported it to law enforcement in Maryland, where she alleges the attack took place.
President Donald Trump now says the woman who accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers should produce a police report to prove it
Trump broke his pattern of avoiding mentioning Christine Ford’s name, saying that ‘if the attack … was as bad as she says’ there must be a law-enforcement report somewhere
The president also needled Democrats who have demanded an FBI probe, saying that they should have called the agency 36 years ago
Christine Ford (left) has accused Brett Kavanaugh of pinning her down to a bed during a party more than 35 years ago, covering her mouth, and groping her over a one-piece bathing suit while he tried to disrobe her. Kavanaugh flatly denies that it ever happened
Trump incubated the idea on Thursday night before a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, telling Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity that federal law enforcement should have been involved with investigating a state-level sex crime in 1982.
‘Why didn’t somebody call the FBI 36 years ago?’ he asked.
The president reiterated that unusual question Friday morning on Twitter: ‘The radical left lawyers want the FBI to get involved NOW. Why didn’t someone call the FBI 36 years ago?’
Ford spoke to no one of her experience until 2012 when she and her husband discussed it in therapy.
Kavanaugh denies ever assaulting Ford, or anyone else.
Trupm continues to defend his Supreme Court nominee while painting Democrats as obstructionists who ‘just want to destroy and delay’
Christine Blasey (now Ford) and Brett Kavanaugh are pictured in their high school yearbooks
The president had until Friday taken great pains to avoid challenging Ford by name. He defended Kavanaugh during the Las Vegas rally but insisted: ‘I’m not saying anything about anybody else.’
Before engaging Friday morning in what Ford’s advocates could see as victim-shaming, he blasted his political nemeses for accepting Ford’s story at face value no matter the consequences.
‘Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don’t want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay,’ Trump tweeted.
‘Facts don’t matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C.’
Trump told Hannity on Thursday night that the Senate Judiciary Committee should move swiftly to finish vetting Kavanaugh.
Committee Republicans are trying to secure a commitment from Ford to appear at a hearing on Monday.
‘I say let her say what she has to say and let’s see how it all comes out,’ Trump told said inside a Las Vegas arena before his scheduled rally. ‘But they’ve delayed it a week, and they have to get on with it.’
Minutes later the president stood behind his podium and exclaimed: ‘Look at our judges! What’s going on?’
Thousands spontaneously began chanting Kavanaugh’s name before Trump could mention it himself.