US President Donald J Trump has said that he is willing to hear out the three women with allegations against his Supreme Court Justice pick, Brett Kavanaugh, before he makes a final decision on whether he would withdraw his pick.
Trump speaking to the media in a 90 minute press conference at the United Nations HQ in New York City after a long day of several meetings with several world leaders, said if the allegations against Kavanaugh were substantiated, he would withdraw Kavanaugh as his pick.
The President said he did have a hard time believing the women because he himself had been the victim of several false sexual impropriety allegations.
“I was accused by four or five women who got paid a lot of money to make up stories about me,” Trump told a journalist.
“We caught them and the mainstream media refused to put it on television. They refused to even write about it. There were four women, and maybe more. I think the number’s four or five. But one had her mortgage paid off her house, $52,000. Another one had other things happen. And the one that reported it I believe was offered $750,000 to say bad things about me.
“And she’s the one that reported it. This woman is incredible. She reported instead of taking the money. So I’ve had numerous accusations about me.
“I mean, they made false statements about me knowing they were false. I never met them. I never met these people.
“And what did they do? What did they do? They took money in order to say bad things. I’ve had stories written in the New York Times, front page, about four women — the whole top center front page of the New York Times. I think it was four big pictures. I said wow, that’s a big thing, what’s that.
“These were women that were quoted saying bad things about me. Not the worst things about me, but bad things. And I said gee, that’s too bad. I knew them a long time ago. 15 years ago, 20 years ago. I said that’s too bad, I’m surprised at them. And then all of a sudden, I see them on television, nothing to do with me. The next day or day later, they were incensed. They said Donald Trump is a nice guy, we never said this. The New York Times did false reporting.
“They’re fake news. And you know what? The New York Times would not report that their story was fake. These women said great things. Not only did they not say the bad stuff, they said great things about me. Front page. And those woman — they’re incredible women. They went on television — and they didn’t want to and I didn’t ask them — and they said the New York Times made it up. They gave false quotes.
“And they went on a lot of shows. They were really incensed and they couldn’t believe it. That’s why — people know that a lot of the news is fake and a lot of the people sitting here are fake. But 20 percent of them are wonderful, OK?”
Trump added that his experience negatively impacted his disposition to believe the multiple women with last minute allegations against his Supreme Court pick.
Responding to a female reporter who asked if his experience had biased his opinion, Trump said, “Well it does impact my opinion and you know why? Because I’ve had a lot of false charges made against me. I’m a very famous person, unfortunately. I’ve been a famous person for a long time. But I’ve had a lot of false charges made against me, really false charges. I know friends that have had false charges. People want fame, they want money, they want whatever. So when I see it, I view it differently than somebody sitting home watching television where they say oh, Judge Kavanaugh this or that.
“It’s happened to me many times. I’ve had many false charges. I had a woman sitting in an airplane and I attacked her while people were coming onto the plane and I have a number one best seller out. I mean, it was a total phony story. There are many of them. So when you say does it effect me in terms of my thinking with respect to Judge Kavanaugh, absolutely, because I’ve had it many times.
And if the news would have reported these four people — I couldn’t believe it. When I heard that they caught these four people, I said wow, that’s a big story. And it was, for Fox. OK.”
Trump said he believed his pick was a credible man of great intellect and integrity, and reminded journalists that he had already cleared 5 or 6 FBI investigations including a thorough one for the Supreme Court nomination before the last minute charges were brought up.
His words: “Well, the FBI told us they’ve investigated Judge Kavanaugh six times, five times — many times over the years. They know him very well. But here there was nothing to investigate from at least one standpoint — they didn’t know the location, they didn’t know the time, they didn’t know the year — they didn’t know anything. And it’s like, where do you go?
“Also it’s not for the FBI, if you look at what Joe Biden said, he said, “They don’t do this,” and he said it very clearly. So I think when you really look at it all, it’s not going to change any of the Democrats’ minds; their obstructionists. They’re actually con artists, because they know how quality this man is and they’ve destroyed a man’s reputation, and they want to destroy it even more.
“And I think people are going to see that in the midterms. What they’ve done to this family, what they’ve done to these children — these beautiful children of his, and what they’ve done to his wife. And they know it’s a big, fat con job. And they go in to a room, and I guarantee you, they laugh like hell on what they pulled off on you and on the public, they laugh like hell.