President Donald Trump criticized a woman who claims his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, questioning in a series of tweets Friday her failure to report the incident decades earlier.
“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents,” Trump wrote. “I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!”
The president also slammed Democrats, who he accused of ignoring facts in favor of politics.
“They just want to destroy and delay,” Trump wrote. “Facts don’t matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C.”
Democrats have called for the FBI to investigate the incident, which became public last week, arguing that a broader investigation into the incident is needed. Trump said earlier this week that he believed the investigation should remain with the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“The radical left lawyers want the FBI to get involved NOW. Why didn’t someone call the FBI 36 years ago?” Trump wrote Friday.
The president has previously voiced skepticism of the accusation made by Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at California's Palo Alto University, who on Sunday told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh drunkenly groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers in the 1980s. Kavanaugh has denied the incident took place.
Still, the president told reporters earlier this week that “we want to give tremendous amounts of time (to the investigation).”
Kavanaugh and Ford have been invited to testify Monday in a public hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford’s attorney said Thursday that she might be willing to testify next week, but not on Monday.