President Trump defended Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a news conference Wednesday, saying that Democrats had "destroyed a man's reputation" with sexual misconduct allegations.
In response to a question from Fox News' John Roberts about why the White House did not ask the FBI to investigate allegations made against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford, the president responded that "there was nothing to investigate."
Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Napolitano joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to
On initial reaction to Trump's press conference: I was stunned, stunned when I heard him say he would reconsider the nomination depending on the testimony tomorrow. I was stunned to hear him say, 'Maybe I can be persuaded. I'll listen to their testimony.' This undermines his steadfast admirable and unbending support for Judge Kavanaugh. (00:04)
On Trump's comments on the accusers against him: The President even acknowledged that, and this was like pulling teeth they must have asked it 10 times, 'Is your support for Judge Kavanaugh and your steadfast dismissal of the allegations by these women colored at all by your own experience of allegations by women?' he gives an unambiguous, yes. He has weakened the case for Brett Kavanaugh out of his own mouth. (00:53)
On if he thinks Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed: I can't answer yes or no. You both will agree with me on this. We are at a point in our history where the truth doesn't matter what matters is who makes the more credible case tomorrow. If at this time tomorrow the consensus is that Judge Kavanaugh was more credible he'll get the votes he needs. If the consensus is that Dr. Ford, or whatever detractor may be there is more credible he will not get the votes he needs. If it's a toss up I think it goes to her, because the only way he wins is if he dispels any notion that there's any truth in these allegations. (5:41)
On Trump's comments about Rosenstein: I make of that answer that he has been under a lot of pressure form Mitch McConnell and other Republicans in the Senate and his staff around him not to fire Rosenstein now. (7:00)