Frustrated by Brett Kavanaugh’s defense of himself against sexual assault allegations, President Donald Trump reportedly believes he must take the matter into his own hands, if his Supreme Court nomination is to pull through, CNN said Wednesday.
> It has led the President to believe that he must personally take charge of defending his embattled nominee ahead of Thursday's critical appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Trump made the decision to hold a news conference on the eve of the hearing, making it the fourth he has held as president.
> A third woman made allegations against Kavanaugh on Wednesday. Julie Swetnick, who attended a different high school in Maryland and is being represented by the lawyer Michael Avenatti, said she attended "well over 10" parties where Kavanaugh was present and saw him "drink excessively at many of these parties and engage in abusive and physically aggressive behavior towards girls."
> Kavanaugh denied the allegations in his most aggressive statement yet, writing: "This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone. I don't know who this is and this never happened."
Trump lambasted the latest allegation as well, saying on Twitter that Avenatti "is a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations, like he did on me and like he is now doing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He is just looking for attention and doesn't want people to look at his past record and relationships - a total low-life!"
Avenatti also represents Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who claims to have had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago — a claim the president has consistently denied.
White House sources say nothing has changed in Trump’s support for Kavanaugh, CNN reported, and the president intends to continue casting allegations against him as “con game” perpetrated by the Democrats to derail the nomination.
> As Kavanaugh has held back, Trump has unleashed. He openly questioned why Christine Blasey Ford didn't report her sexual assault at the time if it was "as bad as she says," though sexual assaults are one of the most underreported crimes in the United States.
> He sought to discredit Deborah Ramirez by noting that she admitted she was intoxicated and doesn't remember parts of the alleged incident.
> He devised the phrase "con game," which is now being repeated by conservative allies in hopes of rallying Trump's base behind another partisan fight.
However, Republicans on the Hill have told Trump his comments are complicating the situation and that he should refrain:
> The President's idea of a robust defense is causing heartburn during a tense week on Capitol Hill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has conveyed to Trump that his comments are only complicating the confirmation process further and Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who will be a critical vote for Kavanaugh, said she was appalled by the President's remarks, calling them "completely inappropriate and wrong."