President Donald Trump on Monday said that “if it takes a little delay” to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, that’s alright.
Trump stressed that Kavanaugh “never even had a little blemish on his record,” and that the nominee had undergone several FBI background checks over the course of his career. “He is somebody very special. At the same time, we want to go through a process. We want to make sure everything is perfect,” Trump said.
The allegations only became public in the past week, as Kavanaugh’s confirmation seemed all but assured. Yet two Democratic lawmakers had known of them earlier this year. “I wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner,” Trump said of the release of the allegations.
.@realDonaldTrump on Kavanaugh:
“Never even had a little blemish on his record…. wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner. …. If it takes a little delay it’ll take a little delay.”
— Heidi Przybyla (@HeidiPrzybyla) September 17, 2018
“I want the American people to be happy” @realDonaldTrump told reporters and indicated he is open to delaying Kavanaugh confirmation vote saying “if it takes a little delay, it takes a little delay.” @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/5CPTFERCdM
— Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCBS) September 17, 2018
Asked if he thinks Kavanaugh’s confirmation process should be delayed, President Trump says “it depends on the process … I want the American people to be happy” with the confirmation process. “If it takes a little delay, it’ll take a little delay.” pic.twitter.com/DsFEvgyu75
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 17, 2018
Trump, asked whether Kavanaugh would withdraw per pooler @toddgillman, said: “What a ridiculous question.”
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 17, 2018