President Trump called it a ridiculous question if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh offered to withdrawal at a media availability Monday afternoon. Trump made it clear the White House is behind him and said Kavanaugh is "on track" for confirmation.
Trump commented on the allegation against Brett Kavanaugh for the first time on Monday, calling Kavanaugh one of the finest people he's ever met but expressing openness to delaying the vote on him.
"Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people that I've ever known. He's an outstanding intellect, an outstanding judge, respected by everybody. Never had even a little blemish on his record," Trump said at a cabinet meeting on National Council for American Workers.
Trump said there will be a process to "hear everybody out" on allegations of sexual assault in the 1980s.
TRUMP: Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people that I've ever known. He's an outstanding intellect, an outstanding judge, respected by everybody. Never had even a little blemish on his record.
The FBI has, I think, gone through a process six times with him over the years, where he went to higher and higher positions. He is somebody very special.
At the same time, we want to go through a process, we want to make sure everything is perfect; everything is just right.
I wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner, because they had this information for many months, and they shouldn't have waited until literally the last days; they should have done it a lot sooner.
But with all of that being said, we want to go through the process.
One thing I will say is that, as I understand it, Judge Kavanaugh spent quite a bit of time with Senator Feinstein, and it wasn't even brought up at that meeting. And she had this information. So you would have thought, certainly, that she would have brought it up at the meeting, not wait until everything's finished, and then have to start a process all over again.
But with all of it being said, we want to go through a full process. I have great confidence in the U.S. Senate and in their procedures and what they're doing, and I think that's probably what they're going to do. They'll go through a process and hear everybody out. I think it's important. I believe they think it's important.
But again, he is one of the great intellects and one of the finest people that anybody has known.
You look at his references; I've never seen anything quite like it. So they'll go through that process and we'll get it done.
TRUMP: I don't know. It depends on the process. I'd like to see a complete process. I'd like everybody to be very happy. Most importantly, I want the American people to be happy, because they're getting somebody that is great. I want him to go in at the absolute highest level. And I think to do that, you have to go through this.
If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay. It shouldn't, certainly, be very much.
But again, this is something that should have been brought up long before this. They had the information in July, as I understand it. That's a long time ago. And nobody mentioned it until the other day. It's very -- you know, it's very unfortunate they didn't mention it sooner.
But with all of that being said, it will, I'm sure, work out very well. You're talking about an individual who is as high a quality individual as you'll ever see.
TRUMP: I have not spoken to Judge Kavanaugh.
QUESTION: Has he offered to withdraw?
TRUMP: Next question. What a ridiculous question that is.
TRUMP: Say it?
QUESTION: Do you think his path toward confirmation is on track?
TRUMP: Oh, I think he's on track, yes. I mean, I think he's very much on track. If they delay it just a little bit to make sure everybody's happy -- they want to be happy. I can tell you, the Republican senators want to be 100 percent happy themselves. They're doing it very, very professionally.