President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response 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."
“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 BaldwinBiden sidesteps GOP on judicial vacancies, for now Democrats confront 'Rubik's cube on steroids' Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack 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 UdallKennedy apologizes for calling Haaland a 'whack job' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Haaland courts moderates during tense confirmation hearing | GOP's Westerman looks to take on Democrats on climate change | White House urges passage of House public lands package Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' MORE (Colo.), who was later a senator from 2009 to 2015, in a congressional redistricting case.
Updated at 9:55 a.m.