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Trump not considering other Supreme Court nominees

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President Trump declared Tuesday he is not considering replacements for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as sexual misconduct allegations continue to throw his confirmation process into tumult.

When asked by reporters in the Oval Office Friday if Trump had considered a replacement, he replied, “Not even a little bit.” 

{mosads}Three women have publicly alleged Kavanaugh sexually assaulted them to varying degrees while he was in high school and college.

The first of those women, Christine Blasey Ford, and Kavanaugh testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday to discuss her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in 1982. 

The committee voted Friday afternoon 11-10 to pass Kavanaugh’s nomination on to a Senate-wide vote for confirmation.

Trump called Ford’s testimony “very compelling” and Kavanaugh’s testimony “an incredible moment in the history of our country.”

The comments marked a stark departure from Trump’s past comments, in which he called the allegations against Kavanaugh a Democratic-led “con job.”

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) threw another wrench into the already turbulent confirmation process Friday by simultaneously voting to move Kavanaugh’s nomination to a Senate-wide vote and saying the vote should be delayed for no more than a week as the FBI investigates the accusations against him. 

Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) joined his call, affirming that Trump would have to call an FBI investigation in order for Kavanaugh to attain the votes needed for confirmation in a Senate controlled by a 51-49 GOP majority.

“Whatever they think is necessary is okay,” Trump said in the Oval Office.

Tags Donald Trump Jeff Flake Joe Manchin Lisa Murkowski

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