File photo of US president Donald Trump. Photograph:( Reuters )
'... there is no one with a squeaky clean past like Brett Kavanaugh,' said Trump.
Donald Trump has said he is "100 per cent" certain Dr Christine Blasey Ford named the wrong person when she accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her. Kavanaugh was sworn in as a US Supreme Court justice on Saturday.
"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 honoured to have chosen him," Reuters reported Trump as telling reporters aboard Air Force One while flying to a campaign rally in Kansas.
Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 by the Senate — the closest Senate confirmation vote in over a century. He was accused by Dr Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor of pschology, of trying to rape her as a teenager.
Dr Blasey Ford said the alleged attack on her took place in 1982 when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17. She said a drunk Kavanaugh had got on top of her and tried to remove her clothing while clamping his other hand on her mouth to stop her from screaming.
Ford said she had been worried Kavanaugh might accidentally kill her.
She said a friend of Kavanaugh's — Mark Judge — had been in the room at the time, and that the two of them had "laughed uproarily" at the situation she had found herself in.
The accusation and its fallout had further cleaved an already deeply-divided US.
Ford had testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying she was 100 per cent certain Kavanaugh had been her attacker.
Kavanaugh, in a fiery rebuttal, had said he was 100 per cent certain he had not attacked Blasey Ford.
(With inputs from Reuters)