Chris Wallace Corners Sarah Sanders: How Can You Call Christine Ford ‘Compelling’ and Still Support Kavanaugh?
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Sunday admitted that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was “compelling” when she testified that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.
During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Wallace asked Sanders if the White House had given the FBI a list of witnesses it could interview in the Kavanaugh case that did not include Julie Swetnick or her allegations that Kavanaugh was “present” during a gang rape.
“The White House is not micromanaging this process,” Sanders insisted without answering the question. “The Senate is dictating the terms, they laid out the request and we’ve opened it up. As you heard the president say, do what you need to do. The FBI, this is what they do and we’re out of the way.”
Wallace pressed Sanders on whether Swetnick was being excluded.
“Did the White House counsel give the FBI a list?” Wallace said.
“Not that I’m aware of,” Sander demurred.
“But the White House is in charge of telling the FBI [what to investigate],” Wallace pointed out.
“This can’t become a fishing expedition,” the White House press secretary continued. “From the very first moment [Kavanawugh was nominated], Democrats said, ‘We’re not going to support him, we’re not going to vote for him.’ And they were going to do everything within their power to fight him. We’ve seen that play out.”
According to Sanders, Democrats have been “absolutely disgraceful in the way that they’ve handled this process, in the way that the’ve exploited Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford.”
Wallace reminded Sanders that President Donald Trump had called Ford’s testimony “credible.”
“There was no fact-based information that supported the accusation,” Sanders opined. “Equally compelling, if not more so was Brett Kavanaugh. And you point out I’m a woman, I’m also a mom. I have a daughter and I have two sons. And I think it’s a very, very dangerous place and a very dangerous road for America to go down, to simply take an accusation and make it fact.”
“How does the president… explain that she could be so credible and so specific in putting Kavanaugh and one of his best friends, Mark Judge, in that room?” Wallace pressed. “And be wrong about it? You say you think something happened. Not necessarily with Kavanaugh. How does he explain it?”
“I don’t think any one of us can know 100 percent,” Sanders remarked. “There’s no doubt that her story is heartbreaking and it’s heart wrenching to watch it. I’ve watched it a number of times.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.