Over the weekend, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was nominated for the Supreme Court by President Trump, was accused of sexual assault. His accuser said the assault happened when they were seventeen.
President Trump made his first comment on the situation since the accusation. He praised Judge Brett Kavanaugh, calling him "one of the finest people that I've ever known."
President Trump said, "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 even had a little blemish on his record. If it takes a little delay, it'll take a little delay. It shouldn't, certainly, be very much."
However, he's not glossing over the issue. He encouraged the process of vetting the accusation, saying he supports going "through a full process" to "hear everybody out."
"It will, I'm sure, work out very well," Trump added.
On Monday morning, Judge Brett Kavanaugh also spoke out about the accusations. Below is his newest statement:
He said, "This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes- to her or to anyone."
"Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday," he continued.
"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity," he concluded.
On Monday morning, the ten Democrats on the panel submitted a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.
They wrote, "All Senators, regardless of party, should insist the FBI perform its due diligence and fully investigate the allegations as part of its review of Judge Kavanaugh's background. Staff-level examination of these allegations should not go forward until the FBI's career professionals with the requisite investigative expertise have completed their review. Once the FBI has completed its independent work, we hope that we can work together in a bipartisan manner to decide on next steps."
White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec spoke out about the allegations as well:
Please pray that justice is reached in this situation. In other news, a former congressman was just rushed to the hospital. Please pray for his health!