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 ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate Trump says he's not prepared to lose in 2020 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 ClintonBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility Democrats not keen to reignite Jerusalem embassy fight The bottom dollar on recession, Trump's base, and his reelection prospects 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 TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates 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 KlobucharJuan Williams: Warren on the rise Progressive group launches campaign to identify voters who switch to Warren 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown 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 WhitehouseSize of 2020 field too big even for Democratic enthusiasts, poll finds Overnight Defense: House passes T spending package with defense funds | Senate set to vote on blocking Saudi arms sales | UN nominee defends climate change record Trump's UN pick faces Senate grilling 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.