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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 ClintonFederal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world Intercept DC bureau chief says Biden picks are 'same people' from Obama years 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." 

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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 ClintonObama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle Dow breaks 30,000 for first time as Biden transition ramps up Trump's remaking of the judicial system 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 TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit 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 KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation 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 WhitehouseThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - COVID-19 fears surround Thanksgiving holiday Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight Whitehouse says Democratic caucus will decide future of Judiciary Committee 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.