Politico reporter Anna Palmer told MSNBC's Hallie Jackson Monday that Brett Kavanaugh's second statement addressing the sexual assault allegations levied against him by a college professor call into question his "picture perfect" biography.
After a clearly stunned Jackson read Kavanaugh's statement, in which the nominee denied the entire incident and claimed he "had no idea who was making the accusation until she identified herself", Palmer said "the stakes couldn't be higher" not only for the White House but for Kavanaugh himself.
"Think about the pomp and circumstance with which he was rolled out. He was the coach. All the women that were his clerks," Palmer said, pointing to the long line of women and girls brought out to shore up the conservative judge's feminist bonafides. After Kavanaugh's nomination, 18 female law clerks sent to the Senate Judiciary committee in July touting the judge as "one of the strongest advocates in the federal judiciary for women lawyers.” Kavanaugh also brought a group of players from the girl's basketball teams he has coached to his Senate hearing to show he was sensitive to women's issues, while dodging tough questions on abortion and reproductive rights.
"There was this whole kind of picture perfect family and life he presented as he was going forward," Palmer noted. "Now, this is obviously a big potential condemnation on what they were trying to say."
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