Unnamed ‘Lawyer Close To The WH’: ‘No Way’ Assault Allegation Derails Kavanaugh Nom

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 09: U.S. President Donald Trump introduces U.S. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as his nominee to the United States Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Judge Kavanaugh would succeed Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who is retiring after 30 years of service on the high court. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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An unnamed lawyer “close to the White House” told Politico Sunday that there was “no way” that Christine Blasey Ford’s newly on-the-record sexual assault allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh would derail Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.

“No way, not even a hint of it,” the unnamed lawyer said, asked if Kavanaugh’s nomination would be withdrawn.

“If anything, it’s the opposite,” the lawyer said. “If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried. We can all be accused of something.”

Another unnamed source, a “person working on the nomination,” told Politico that Republicans would be unlikely to pause Kavanaugh’s nomination, as Democrats have called on them to do, unless swing Republican Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), or another needed Republican vote “raises a red flag,” in Politico’s words.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination on Thursday.

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