After delivering a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, President Trump lashed out at Deborah Ramirez, the second accuser to bring allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The president said Ramirez was "all messed up" and "totally inebriated," and that it would be "a horrible, horrible thing for future political people, judges" if the Senate does not confirm Kavanaugh. This statement came just hours after White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump would be open to allowing Ramirez to testify as part of the confirmation process.
Kavanaugh and his original accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, are set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Monday that Kavanaugh will receive a confirmation vote on the Senate floor "in the near future."
Also breaking this week, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to conduct the Russia probe, will meet with Trump — also this Thursday. The two are expected to discuss Rosenstein's role in the Russia investigation, as well as reports claiming Rosenstein suggested secretly taping the president or asking for support from within the Cabinet to impeach Trump. Rosenstein denies those reports.
We talk with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to get his perspective on both of these stories.
This article was originally published on September 25, 2018.
This segment aired on September 25, 2018.