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President Donald Trump believes that people who made “false” statements about Brett Kavanaugh should be held liable. He made the comment just hours after Kavanaugh was sworn-in as a Supreme Court justice on Saturday.
Earlier Saturday, the Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Kavanaugh.
Trump told Fox News that it was difficult to watch the sexual assault allegations materialize against Kavanaugh.
The president told host Jeanine Pirro he believes the allegations contained “not a bit of truth.”
“I think that they should be held liable,” Trump said on the program. “You can’t go around and whether it’s making up stories or making false statements about such an important position, you can’t do that. You can destroy somebody’s life.”
Trump was asked about allegations raised by Julie Sweatnick, who was represented by attorney Michael Avenatti. He also represents Stormy Daniels.
Trump said that allegations raised against him by Avenatti and Daniels are false.
Swetnick alleged that Kavanaugh and his classmate Mark Judge in their younger days used to get young women drunk so they could be gang-raped by multiple boys.
Kavanaugh was forced to contend with accusations that could have dismantled his confirmation to the nation’s highest court, Trump told Pirro.
“It all came together in the end and people realized it was false accusations and false statements,” Trump said.
Avenatti told USA Today it was incredible that Trump and others dismissed his client’s claims without investigating them. Swetnick was not interviewed by the FBI during the bureau’s “supplemental” Kavanaugh investigation.
“Donald Trump is the most dishonest individual to ever hold the office of President of the United States,” Avenatti said. “He is the last person in the nation that should be accusing other people of engaging in falsehoods.”
“This is why women don’t report sexual assaults,” he added.
On Saturday, Trump thanked Senate Republicans for helping to get Kavanaugh confirmed. Trump also said he believes a speech he made earlier in the week was effective against Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
“I think that the Mississippi speech had a great impact, yes – I think it was a very important thing,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to a political rally in Topeka, Kansas.
During the speech, Trump mocked Blasey Ford and said her account lacked details. Some lawmakers, including Republicans, criticized Trump for his behavior.
“…I thought I had to even the playing field,” Trump said. “It was very unfair to the judge, and now I can very nicely say Justice Kavanaugh. It was a very unfair situation. So I evened the playing field. Once I did that, it started to sail through.”