'Big Fat Con Job': Trump Swats Away New Allegations Against Kavanaugh

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Trump did say he would call Rosenstein to reschedule the meeting due to the other big story of the week: Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

On the eve of Thursday's high-stakes Senate hearing that is likely to determine whether Kavanaugh is confirmed to the high court, Trump appointed himself the judge's principal character witness and moved to personally navigate one of the most acute crises of his presidency.

He even suggested that President George Washington - who he recalled had "a couple of bad things in his past" - may be maligned by modern-day Democrats.

"The fake news said people laughed at President Trump", he said.

Trump went on to describe "a very unsafe period in our country" that he said was being "perpetuated by some very evil people - some of them are Democrats".

Trump, at a photo op during his visit to the United Nations, said the accusations were part of a "con game being played by Democrats".

"Somebody could come and say, 30 years ago, 25 years ago, 10 years ago, five years ago he did a frightful thing to me - he did this, he did that, he did that - and honestly, it's a very risky period in our country", Trump said, seeming to imply that those accused of sexual assault, not their accusers, are the ones at risk in contemporary America.

Addressing journalists, he said: "This is a big a con job".

Deborah Ramirez claimed Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh thrust his exposed penis into her face without her consent while at a party in the mid-1980s, but admitted she wasn't totally sure it was actually Kavanaugh who allegedly perpetrated the assault until studying her memory for almost a week.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told ABC News Tuesday morning that the White House would be "open" to having Deborah Ramirez testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. His accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify before him in the open session.

The President would not answer questions about whether he thinks all three of Kavanaugh's female accusers are lying.

At another point in Wednesday's press conference, CNN's Jim Acosta asked Trump why he so frequently sides with the accused rather than their accusers in cases of alleged sexual assault.

"The truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise", Kavanaugh said.

"They weren't laughing at me", he said.

Meanwhile, McConnell continued to blame Democrats Tuesday morning for how they've handled the confirmation process and defended Kavanaugh against the allegations.

"I didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK", he said.

Rosenstein was summoned to the White House on Monday, three days after The New York Times reported that the deputy attorney general a year ago discussed seeking the president's removal from office and proposed wearing a recording device in encounters with the president.

In Bob Woodward's recent book about the Trump administration, he writes that Trump once told a friend who had acknowledged treating women badly: "You've got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women".

And Trump is instructing aides to begin preparing for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"We reject the ideology of globalism, and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism", Trump said. The Kurds? "They're great, great people".

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