Axios: Staffers working to stop Trump from attacking Kavanaugh accuser

Axios: Staffers working to stop Trump from attacking Kavanaugh accuser
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Staffers in the White House are working to keep President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE from launching attacks aimed at Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, according to a new report.

A White House official told Axios that reporters have "no idea" how difficult it has been for Trump staffers to keep the president from lashing out at Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. 

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“Hopefully he can keep it together until Monday. That’s only, like, another 48 hours right?” the unnamed official quipped to Axios in an interview, referring to a hearing being held by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The panel is seeking to hear from Kavanaugh and Ford.

The president has called on the Senate to confirm Kavanaugh despite the surfacing of Ford's allegation of sexual assault against his nominee.

“I don't think you can delay it any longer,” Trump said of Kavanaugh's confirmation vote on Fox News’s “Hannity.”

“They have to get on with it,” he added.

Republicans have largely called for Kavanaugh's confirmation to move forward following the planned special session of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. Democrats, meanwhile, have called for Kavanaugh's accuser to be heard before any vote is taken.

Ford, a professor in California, has indicated that she does not wish to testify at the same time or place as Kavanaugh, but has not stated that she will skip testifying altogether.

Lawyers for Ford told reporters and senators this week that she has been forced out of her home due to death threats following her accusations, and have called for an FBI investigation into the veracity of her claims. Her lawyers also say she has already passed a polygraph test.

At a rally in Las Vegas on Thursday, Trump called Kavanaugh “one of the finest human beings you will ever have the privilege of knowing or meeting," adding "we're gonna get Brett" confirmed.