Trump Says He ‘Could Be Persuaded’ By Kavanaugh Hearing Thursday

RICHFIELD, OHIO - MARCH 29:  U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to a crowd gathered at the Local 18 Richfield Facility of the Operating Engineers Apprentice and Training, a union and apprentice training center specializing in the repair and operation of heavy equipment on March 29, 2018 in Richfield, Ohio. President Trump's remarks centered upon infrastructure investment in the economy and labor statistics.  (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
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President Donald Trump said Friday that there’s a change Christine Blasey Ford could prompt him to end his support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“It’s possible I’ll hear that and I’ll say, ‘Hey, I’m changing my mind.’ That is possible,” Trump said, referring to Blasey Ford’s expected testimony at a Senate hearing on Thursday. “I could be persuaded.”

While answering the question, Trump repeatedly suggested that the public would hear from several women, even though only one accuser is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

“We want to give them a chance to speak,” Trump said, prompting a reporter to ask if all three women who have made allegations should testify.

“Well, whoever is given a chance, we’ve delayed it a long time. But they’re going to have a big shot,” he replied.

Trump made the comments after claiming that Kavanaugh is facing “false accusations in certain cases.”

The President has so far defended Kavanaugh amid sexual misconduct allegations, and he has even ramped up his defense of the nominee as more women come forward with accounts of Kavanaugh’s inappropriate behavior with women while he was in high school and college. Earlier on Wednesday, he claimed that the latest accusations against Kavanaugh are part of a “con game” ginned up by Democrats and emphasized his dislike for “low-life” Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing Kavanaugh’s latest accuser.

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