Hillary Clinton burst into laughter on Tuesday when asked about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s claim last week that Democrats were trying to sink his nomination as “revenge on behalf of the Clintons.”
“I mean, really? Yes, it deserves a lot of laughter,” she said Tuesday at the Atlantic Festival. “They give us a lot of credit. … It would have had to have happened starting 36 years ago, and that seems a stretch even for the vast right-wing conspiracy stories about me.”
Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by several women. Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to come forward, testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, saying she was “100 percent” certain Kavanaugh forced himself on her at a party when the two were in high school. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
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Kavanaugh, who assisted independent counsel Ken Starr in investigating former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, suggested Democrats sought to smear his reputation for his role in the investigation and for Clinton’s stunning loss to President Trump in the 2016 election.
"This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election. Fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons, and millions of dollars in money from outside, left-wing opposition groups," Kavanaugh told the committee last week.
Clinton said she thought Kavanaugh’s testimony was “very defensive and unconvincing.” She also questioned whether Kavanaugh is temperamentally fit to be a Supreme Court justice after his combative and emotional testimony.
“The performance, the behavior was quite out of bounds,” she said, noting that she also testified under “difficult circumstances,” a reference to the 11 hours of questioning she sat through in the House Select Committee on Benghazi.