First Lady Melania Trump reportedly did not believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused United States Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while the two were in high school.
The Washington Examiner reports the first lady’s opinion of the matter is recounted in Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court, a book written by authors Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network. The book is set to release on Tuesday.
“You know that woman is lying, don’t you?” Melania, speaking to President Trump, is quoted as saying in the book, the New York Post reports.
From the New York Post:
Hemingway and Severino, whose book comes out Tuesday, use the first lady as an example of an under-reported storyline in the news media — that “millions of other women and men” didn’t believe Blasey Ford, the authors said.
“Her credibility, if anything, was viewed as stronger because of her lapses in memory and because the odder parts to the story, such as her description of how she came to tell her husband about the assault,” the authors wrote of how Blasey Ford’s testimony was perceived. “Despite the holes in her story, the media clung to these details.”
But Melania didn’t buy it, according to the book.
Reached for comment Sunday, the White House declined to comment on the first lady quote.
And, via the Washington Examiner:
In another excerpt published Saturday by Fox News, details emerge of the tense hours during which Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley, waited in a Senate office building while Ford testified. Going over the prepared remarks by which he intended to defend his reputation, the two reportedly decided at the end “[to add] a story about their daughter Liza’s saying that they should pray for the accuser, which Ashley had told [her husband] that morning.”
Still another excerpt published Saturday by the New York Post recounts the ordeal that Maine Sen. Susan Collins and her family went through for her role as the deciding vote in Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
The episode pushed back Kavanaugh’s eventual confirmation vote as both Kavanaugh and Ford were brought before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify their accounts. Kavanaugh was later confirmed by a vote of 50 to 48.