'We Stand With Brett Kavanaugh': Schlapp Says SCOTUS Nominee Is Focused on 'Clearing His Name'
White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp said Tuesday on America's Newsroom that the White House is standing behind Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh despite the sexual assault accusation against him.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has come forward publicly as the person who accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at a party in the 1980s when both were in high school in Maryland.
Many Republicans see the move as a way to delay or block his confirmation.
Schlapp said that the judge wants to clear his name, and is being "forthcoming" regarding the allegations.
A hearing was scheduled for next week by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley (R-Iowa) to allow Kavanaugh and Ford to answer questions about the accusation, but Ford has yet to respond to the invitation.
"Judge Kavanaugh is ready to speak today," Schlapp said on Tuesday. "[Ford is] someone obviously, in this process, that in the last-minute effort by the Democrats [wants] to stall the vote."
Schlapp added that she worked with Kavanaugh for nearly two decades, and that he had been nothing but a "perfect gentleman."
"We stand with Brett Kavanaugh. ... He is someone [who is] beloved," she said.
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Ford, who is a professor based in California, told the Washington Post that Kavanaugh pinned her down and attempted to remove her bathing suit, while covering her mouth as she tried to scream.
A source close to Kavanaugh told Fox News Tuesday that the judge claims he does not know the accuser.
Schlapp added that she "absolutely" believes that the timing of the revelations from Ford were planned and politically motivated.
"I think the Democrats, from day one, have made it very clear that they are not going to support Judge Kavanaugh."