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Trump Drops Restrained Tone Over Kavanaugh Allegations


President Donald Trump has been given credit for his restrained tone in remarks about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh but finally lashed out in a series of posts on Twitter on Friday.

Trump described Kavanaugh as a "fine man" under attack by "radical left wing politicians" and raised questions about Ford's credibility.

"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 also argued criminal charges would have been filed with the police if the alleged sexual assault were "as bad as she says."

"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. "I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!"

In an interview with the Washington Post, Ford said she told no one of the incident in any detail until she was in couples therapy with her husband in 2012.

Repeating a question he asked in an interview with Fox News personality Sean Hannity on Thursday, Trump also tweeted, "The radical left lawyers want the FBI to get involved NOW. Why didn't someone call the FBI 36 years ago?"

Trump, who has also been accused of sexual misconduct in the past, previously cast doubt on Ford's accusations in a more restrained way in remarks to reporters on Wednesday.

"I can only say this: He is such an outstanding man," Trump said of Kavanaugh. "Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened."

At the time, Trump said he would still "really want" to see Ford appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to tell her side of the story, adding that it would "be wonderful" if she testified.

"If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we'll have to make a decision," Trump said Wednesday.

The latest tweets from Trump come amid haggling between Ford's attorneys and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee over her potential testimony before the committee.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has scheduled a Monday hearing for both Ford and Kavanaugh to testify, but Ford's attorneys said that does not give her enough time to prepare.

Ford's lawyers have suggested the psychology professor would be willing to testify before the committee next Thursday if certain conditions are met.

(Photo: Michael Vadon)

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