Trump calls Kavanaugh accusations ‘totally political’

President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE on Monday continued his defense of embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, calling accusations of sexual misconduct against him “totally political.” 

“Judge Kavanaugh is an outstanding person and I am with him all the way,” Trump told reporters ahead of a meeting at the United Nations in New York. “I think it could be — chance that this could be one of the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate for anything."

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“For people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago and never mention it — all of the sudden it happens. In my opinion, it’s totally political,” he said.

The president also questioned the motives of the lawyers working for Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a Yale University dorm-room party, and Christine Blasey Ford, who says the nominee attempted to sexually assault her in high school.

“These are highly unsubstantiated statements from people represented by lawyers — you should look into the lawyers doing the representation,” Trump told reporters.

Ford is represented by Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, partners at Katz, Marshall and Banks LLP, who have been recognized by Washingtonian magazine as top employment lawyers.

Katz and Banks drew scrutiny last week over being scheduled to appear as headliners at a fundraising event for Democratic Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinHealth care needs transparency, and President Trump is making progress Senate Health Committee advances bipartisan package to lower health costs Hillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups MORE (Wis.), who is in the midst of a tight reelection campaign.

The event was canceled after it became public.

Ramirez is represented by Stanley Garnett, the former Democratic district attorney from Boulder, Colo.

He previously represented former Democratic Rep. Mark UdallMark Emery UdallDemocrats hope some presidential candidates drop out — and run for Senate  Denver Post editorial board says Gardner endorsement was 'mistake' Gardner gets latest Democratic challenge from former state senator MORE (Colo.), who was later a senator from 2009 to 2015, in a congressional redistricting case.

Updated at 9:55 a.m.