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Trump defends Kavanaugh, says confirmation 'on track'

2018-09-17 21:09
RESTRICTION SUMMARY: AP CLIENTS ONLY SHOTLIST: ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP CLIENTS ONLY Washington, DC - 17 September 2018 1. Wide shot of President Trump in Roosevelt Room, as reporters shout questions at him 2. SOUNDBITE (English) Name, Occupation: "Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people that I've ever known. He's an outstanding intellect. An outstanding judge. Respected by everybody. Never even had a little blemish on his record. The FBI has I think gone through a process six times with him over the years where he went to higher and higher positions. He is somebody very special. At the same time, we want to go through a process. We want to make sure everything is perfect, everything is just right. I wish the Democrats could have done this a lot sooner, because they had this information for many months. And they shouldn't have waited til literally the last days. They should have done it a lot sooner. But with all of that being said we want to go through the process. One thing I will say is that as I understand it, Judge Kavanaugh spent quite a bit of time with Senator Feinstein and it wasn't even brought up at that meeting and she had this information. So you would have thought certainly that she would have brought it up at the meeting – not wait til everything's finished and then have to start a process all over again. But with all of it being said, we want to go through a full process. I have great confidence in the US Senate and in their procedures and what they're doing and I think that's probably what they're going to do. They'll go through a process and hear everybody out. I think it's important. I believe they think it's important. But again, he is one of the great intellects and one of the finest people that anybody has known. You look at his references – I've never seen anything quite like it. So they'll go through that process and get it done. (Reporter question) Should there be a delay? I don't know. It depends on the process. I'd like to see a complete process. I'd like everybody to be very happy. Most importantly I want the American people to be happy because they're getting somebody that is great. I want him to go in at the absolute highest level. And I think to do that you have to go through this. If it takes a little delay it'll take a little delay. It shouldn't certainly be very much. But again, this is something that should have been brought up long before this. They had the information in July as I understand it. That's a long time ago and nobody mentioned it until the other day. You know, it's very unfortunate they didn't mention it sooner. But with all of that being said, it will, I'm sure, work out very well. You're talking about an individual who is as high a quality individual as you will ever see. (Reporter question) Have you spoken to him today? I have not spoken to Judge Kavanaugh. (Reporter question) Has he offered to withdraw? Next question. What a ridiculous question. (Reporter question) Is the confirmation he still on track? "Oh I think he's on track. I think he's very much on track. If they delay a little bit just to make sure everbody's happy – they want to be happy. I can tell you the Republican senators want to be a hundred percent happy themselves. They're doing it very very professionally. Again, this should have been brought up a long time ago (Reporter question) You're going to see on China today, right after close of business, we'll be announcing something. And it will be a lot of money coming into the coffers of the United States of America. A lot of money coming in, but you'll be seeing what we're doing right after close of business today. The market's closing. Thank you." 3. Pull out to wide shot of spray ending STORYLINE: President Donald Trump defended his Supreme Court nominee Monday, in the face of allegations of sexual misconduct decades ago, calling him "one of the finest people I have ever known." Trump said Brett Kavanaugh is an "outstanding intellect, an outstanding judge," adding that he has "never even had a little blemish on his record." The pr