Staff within the White House are working behind-the-scenes to stop the president from lashing out against Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser.
A source told Axios that “you have no idea” how difficult it has been for President Donald Trump’s staffers to keep him from attacking Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.
On September 20, 2018, an unnamed White House official said, “Hopefully he can keep it together until Monday. That’s only, like, another 48 hours right?” in reference to the upcoming hearing being held by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The committee has maintained an open line of communication between Ford’s lawyers, according to ABC News, after she came forward with claims that Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault her at a party in 1982.
On September 20, 2018, Ford’s lawyers stated she would agree to testify in front of the committee as long as the terms are “fair and ensure her safety” in lieu of recent death threats, USA Today reported.
Trump has recently displayed restraint when it came to discussing the recent allegations and Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. Instead of being defensive, he at one point said he’d like to “see a complete process” and that the accuser’s story should be heard, according to NBC News.
By the time Thursday rolled around, Trump had changed his tune and put blame on Ford for not reporting the incident sooner.
“Why didn’t somebody call the FBI 36 years ago? I mean you could also say when did this all happen, what’s going on? To take a man like this and besmirch — now with that being said, let her have her say and let’s see how it all works out,” Trump said during an interview before the rally, according to CNN.