Hillary Clinton bursts out laughing about Kavanaugh's 'revenge on behalf of the Clintons' remark

Hillary Clinton bursts out laughing about Kavanaugh's 'revenge on behalf of the Clintons' remark
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Ex-FBI official: 'Links and coordination' with Russia happen everyday Ex-FBI agent: Americans should be 'disgusted' by Russian interference in Mueller report MORE on Tuesday burst out laughing when she was asked about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's claim that the multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him are "revenge on behalf of the Clintons." 


The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg asked Clinton about Kavanaugh's remarks at an Atlantic Festival event, drawing laughter from the audience.

"It deserves a lot of laughter," Clinton said, chuckling. "I thought it was just part of the whole of his very defensive and unconvincing presentation."

"I told someone later — they give us a lot of credit," she added. "Thirty-six years ago, we started this against him?" 

Clinton was first lady when her husband, former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonTrump team spurns Adam Smith with its trade stance New Broadway play 'Hillary and Clinton' debuts Trump will allow Americans to sue companies in Cuba MORE, was impeached after lying under oath about having "sexual relations" with White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. 

Kavanaugh, during his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, denied the three sexual assault allegations that have been brought against him publicly.

"This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE and the 2016 election … revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups," Kavanaugh said, visibly seething.

Hillary Clinton said later at the event that the accusation "seems a stretch, even for the vast right-wing conspiracy stories about me."  

Throughout her interview with Goldberg, the former Democratic presidential nominee raised concerns about Kavanaugh's temperament and conduct during Thursday's hearing. 

Kavanaugh, throughout the hearing, pounced on Democratic senators, asking Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina Telehealth is calling — will Congress pick up? 2020 Dems call on Mueller to testify about redacted report MORE (D-Minn.) if she had ever "blacked out" from drinking after she had posed the question to the Supreme Court nominee. Kavanaugh asked Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Dems introduce bill to tackle 'digital divide' Senators press drug industry 'middlemen' over high prices MORE (D-N.Y.) for his "favorite beer" as they pressed him on his history with drinking.

"I thought [the 'Clintons' remark] was just part of the whole of his very defensive and unconvincing presentation," Hillary Clinton said. 

She went on, remarking that "there's a lot to be concerned about" for those who believe "there's such a thing as judicial temperament."

Hillary Clinton said later that Kavanaugh was "out of bonds," adding that she has "testified under difficult circumstances," referencing the 11-hour Benghazi hearing she sat for in 2015, to more laughter from the audience. 

The former Secretary of State said she backed the ongoing FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, saying she wants the week-long investigation to be as "thorough" as possible.