Trump on false Kavanaugh accusation: 'How about the other ones?'

Trump on false Kavanaugh accusation: 'How about the other ones?'
© Greg Nash

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichael Cohen: I pray Michelle Obama's words will unite country again Michelle Obama: ‘I stopped even trying to smile’ during Trump’s inauguration Trump wants to end federal relief money for Puerto Rico: report MORE on Sunday appeared to suggest additional women who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSchumer’s headaches to multiply in next Congress Top Judiciary Dem: No plans to investigate or impeach Kavanaugh The political pendulum is swinging back from conservative control in so many ways MORE of sexual misconduct were lying after one woman admitted she fabricated a claim against the judge.

"A woman who accused then-Judge Kavanaugh of horrible, horrible crimes admitted that she never met Judge Kavanaugh, or Brett Kavanaugh or a Kavanaugh period. Never met him, never saw him and the act never happened, and it was a lie," Trump told supporters during a campaign rally in Georgia.

The crowd burst into chants of "lock her up" as Trump stepped away from the podium and clapped.


Though the president did not name the woman he was referring to, he appeared to be alluding to Judy Munro-Leighton. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOn The Money: Trump says he won't give up tax returns | Likely Dem chair vows to subpoena | Stocks rally on Dem House takeover | Tough midterm for many GOP tax writers Feinstein: Acting AG must pledge to Senate he won't interfere with Mueller Grassley to make chairmanship decision after meeting with colleagues next week MORE (R-Iowa) said in a letter Friday to the FBI and Department of Justice that Munro-Leighton admitted to the committee on Nov. 1 that she previously lied about an allegation that Kavanaugh and a friend raped her in the backseat of a car. 

Investigators began looking into Munro-Leighton's allegations at the beginning of October, after she sent an email to the committee claiming she was the woman who sent an anonymous letter to Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSchumer’s headaches to multiply in next Congress Gillibrand will give 2020 bid 'long, hard thought of consideration' Battle looms over funding for Trump's border wall MORE (D-Calif.) in late September alleging Kavanaugh raped her.

"Under questioning by Committee investigators, Ms. Munro-Leighton admitted, contrary to her prior claims, that she had not been sexually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh," Grassley wrote, asking for an investigation into her claims.

On Sunday, Trump seized on the referral of Munro-Leighton's claim while conflating it with other claims that lawmakers have said were credible.

"I think this was number four," Trump said. "And by the way, what about the other ones? How about the other ones, folks? Oh you’ll see others now."

He blasted Democrats for their "disrespectful" treatment of Kavanaugh, and urged his supporters to recall the bitter confirmation fight ahead of Election Day on Tuesday.

"He could’ve lost a judgeship on a story that was made up," he said. "And the way the Democrats treated him and us, you’ve got to get to the polls on Tuesday and you’ve got to vote."

Munro-Leighton was one of four women to make sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. Grassley also referred accuser Julie Swetnick and her attorney, Michael Avenatti for investigation.

No such referral has been made for Christine Blasey Ford or Deborah Ramirez.

Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in September that Kavanaugh pinned her down and groped her during a party when the two were in high school. 

Ramirez alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a party when the two were in college.

The FBI conducted a supplementary background check into Ford's and Ramirez's allegations. Republican lawmakers said that the report did not turn up evidence of their claims.

Kavanaugh denied all of the claims against him, and was confirmed, 50-48, by the Senate following a bitter confirmation process.

Republicans have argued that their base will be drawn to the ballot box out of frustration with how Kavanaugh was treated during his confirmation process.

Democrats, meanwhile, have maintained that their supporters will turn out in part out of anger that the judge was confirmed despite the sexual misconduct allegations.