Top White House director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp on Tuesday denied that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempted to sexually assault someone in the 1980s. During a Fox News interview, she repeatedly described the allegations as a "smear."
"I can tell you judge Kavanaugh is ready to speak today. He wants to be able to clear his name. He is being forthcoming and making sure that he is able to talk about this completely false allegation," Schlapp told Fox News.
Schlapp also said that Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) had known about the allegations since July, but refused to question Kavanaugh about them.
The California senator has said she never disclosed the allegations because the accuser had asked her to keep them confidential. Christine Blasey Ford later came forward as the victim, after details of the alleged incident were leaked to the media.
"It’s just incredibly disturbing," Schlapp said, after suggesting the allegations were a Democratic plot.
"I have to tell you judge Kavanaugh, not only are his credentials incredibly impressive and the mere fact that he has been -- gone through six FBI background checks, extensive background checks," she added.
"Obviously has worked at the highest levels here in government in the executive branch and judicial branch and now his reputation -- they're attempting to smear his reputation."
"We do believe the process has to go through. That's what the president has said as well," Schlapp remarked.
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