A new book, written by Mollie Hemingway, a Fox News correspondent, and Carrie Severino, about the Kavanaugh hearings, claims that Melania Trump told her husband that Christine Blasey Ford was “lying” in her testimony when she accused now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her as a teen.
The newly released book, “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court” alleges that the first lady told Donald Trump, “You know that woman, is lying, don’t you?”
Ford gave tearful testimony amid Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation hearings about a sexual assault that she said she suffered at the hands of the future justice when they were teenagers.
“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.
Kavanaugh was ultimately confirmed by the Senate last fall. Ford had testified back in September of 2018 that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in 1982. Kavanaugh denied her allegations before a Senate Judiciary Committee.
The authors note in the book that Melania Trump alleged quote to support the argument that “millions of other women and men” doubted Ford’s claims.
The White House has not responded to the claims. If Melania Trump did indeed make the statement it would be the first time, she had spoken out about any of the individual women who have come forward with sexual assault allegations.
“I support the women, and they need to be heard,” Melania Trump said in an interview back in October.“We need to support them — and also men, not just women.
“We need to have really hard evidence … if you accuse [someone] of something, show the evidence,” she continued. “I do stand with women,” she insisted. “But we need to show the evidence. You cannot just say to somebody, ‘I was sexually assaulted’ or ‘you did that to me’ … because sometimes the media goes too far in the way they portray some stories. It’s not correct. It’s not right.”
While she was in Egypt, she addressed the Kavanaugh accusations.
“I think he’s highly qualified for the Supreme Court,” Trump told the media. “I’m glad that Dr. Ford was heard, I’m glad that Judge Kavanaugh was heard, FBI investigation was done, is completed and the Senate voted.”
She then declined to say whether she thought Ford was telling the truth. Instead, she told the press, “We need to help all the victims, no matter what kind of abuse they had … I’m against any kind of abuse or violence.”