Whoever assaulted Christine Blasey Ford at that party in 1982, President Trump is "100 percent" sure it wasn't Brett Kavanaugh.
Ford identified the incorrect individual, Trump said, comments that come after the Senate voted by a 50-48 margin to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Saturday.
Ford accused Kavanaugh of forcing himself on her during a high school party in the 1980s, and other women accused him of sexual misconduct after Ford came forward. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations.
“This is one of the reasons I chose him is because there is no one with a squeaky clean past like Brett Kavanaugh. He is an outstanding person, and I’m very honored to have chosen him,” Trump told reporters on Air Force One Saturday, per Reuters. “We’re very honored that he was able to withstand this horrible, horrible attack by the Democrats.”
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who was a key vote in confirming Kavanaugh, also expressed similar sentiments and said she did not believe Kavanaugh assaulted Ford.
“I do not believe that Brett Kavanaugh was her assailant,” Collins told CNN’s Dana Bash during an interview that will air on Sunday. “I do believe that she was assaulted. I don’t know by whom. I’m not certain when.”
However, Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee last month that she was "100 percent" certain that Kavanaugh was the one who assaulted her.
Despite the allegations, Kavanaugh said late last month he would "not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process."
Kavanaugh is slated to be sworn in later Saturday.