Sarah Sanders accuses Dems of exploiting Ford, Kavanaugh

Sarah Sanders accuses Dems of exploiting Ford, Kavanaugh
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Sunday blasted Democrats for their "disgraceful" and "disgusting" handling of the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Sanders asserted on "Fox News Sunday" that Senate Republicans will dictate the terms of the FBI investigation into Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her at a high school party in the 1980s. Sanders claimed Democrats have "exploited" both Ford and Kavanaugh in recent weeks.

"I think that we cannot allow the people that have acted in bad faith to determine and allow this to become a total fishing expedition by the FBI," Sanders said.


"Senate Republicans are going to lay out and dictate those terms, and we look forward to this wrapping up so we can see what we’ve seen in the last six background investigations that Judge Kavanaugh’s been a part of," she continued.

Ford and Kavanaugh testified last Thursday about her allegations. She said she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was the individual who sexually assaulted her, while the judge said he was "100 percent" confident in his denial.

A vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation was delayed after President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump McCabe: Trump said 'I don't care, I believe Putin' when confronted with US intel on North Korea McCabe: Trump talked to me about his election victory during 'bizarre' job interview MORE approved requests from senators, led by Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (R-Ariz.), for an FBI investigation into the accusations. The investigation is expected to last no more than one week.

Sanders said Sunday that Ford's testimony was "compelling" and "heartbreaking," but suggested that Kavanaugh's comments were "equally compelling" and "equally heartbreaking."

"The biggest thing that I think is so disgraceful and so disgusting is the way that the Democrats have allowed this to play out, and allowed both of these individuals to be so beaten down," Sanders said.

She went on to blame the media for its role in covering the allegations against Kavanaugh, which she suggested put "so much information and so much pressure on these two individuals."