President Donald Trump said Saturday that the women who stepped forward with sexual misconduct allegations against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should “be held liable” and also credited his public mocking of one accuser as helping secure Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
> Trump, talking with Fox News' Jeanine Pirro, said he hated watching the slew of sexual assault allegations grow against Kavanaugh and dubbed all the accusations "fabrications" with "not a bit of truth."
> "I think that they should be held liable," Trump told Pirro. "You can't go around and whether it's making up stories or making false statements about such an important position, you can't do that. You can destroy somebody's life."
Pirro had asked the president if he though Kavanaugh’s accusers should “suffer consequences”, specifically noting allegations by the nominee’s third accuser, Julie Swetnick.
Swetnick, who is represented by Trump-foe Michael Avenatti, alleged she saw Kavanaugh and his high school friend Mark Judge attempt to get girls "inebriated and disoriented so they could then be 'gang-raped' in a side room or bedroom by a 'train' of numerous boys."
Avenatti also represents adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her case against Trump.
> Trump alleged Avenatti had made "false accusations about me" in the past and said he would love to see libel laws get tougher.
> Trump said he watched the saga and watched Kavanaugh suffer "with false statements made about him, things that never happened."
> "There were many, many false things that were said about a very, very fine man and would have destroyed his family if this didn't happen," Trump said, referring to the confirmation. "It all came together in the end and people realized it was false accusations and false statements."
Earlier in the day, Trump told reporters his attacks on Christine Blasey Ford’s credibility — Kavanaugh’s first accuser, whom the president openly mocked during a campaign rally — helped secure his nominee’s confirmation.
> “I think that the Mississippi speech had a great impact, yes - I think it was a very important thing," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to a political rally in Topeka, Kansas.
> During the controversial speech, Trump mocked Ford and mimicked her, claiming her allegations against Kavanaugh lacked sufficient detail. Numerous lawmakers, including undecided Republican senators like Susan Collins and Jeff Flake, said they were appalled by Trump's behavior, but wound up voting for Kavanaugh anyway.