President Donald Trump indicated Wednesday that he could change his mind on Judge Brett Kavanaugh if he believes the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against his Supreme Court nominee.
Near the beginning of a lengthy press conference at the United Nations, Trump was asked several questions about Kavanaugh, who will return to Capitol Hill Thursday to face questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee about the claims.
"If I thought he was guilty of something like this, sure," Trump said when asked if he would change his tune on Kavanaugh and stop supporting his nomination.
Trump then pledged to find time to watch Thursday's hearing, which will feature both Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford.
"I will watch. I hope I can see. I will be meeting with a lot of countries tomorrow but I am hoping to watch," he said.
Later during the press conference that lasted an hour and 20 minutes, Trump heaped praise on his pick to sit on the nation's highest court.
"I do want to hear what [Ford] says and maybe … I could be convinced of anything — maybe she'll say something, but in the meantime I have to tell you, he's one of the highest quality human beings," Trump said. "He's a tremendous man. He's a tremendous genius."
Three women have now come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. The 53-year-old circuit court judge will return to Capitol Hill Thursday to face questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee about the allegations, all of which he denies.
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