Melania Trump told Trump she thought Christine Blasey Ford was lying when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee against Justice Brett Kavanaugh during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice, according to a new book.
“You know that woman is lying, don’t you?” Melania told President Trump, according to “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court” by Mollie Hemingway, a senior editor at The Federalist, and Carrie Severino, chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network.
The accuser gave tearful testimony amid Kavanugh’s Senate confirmation hearings about a sexual assault that she said she suffered at the hands of the future justice, when they were teenagers. The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh to the bench the next week.
“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.
“Justice on Trial” is a behind-the-scenes look at the dramatic Kavanaugh hearings of September and October 2018. An excerpt published in The Post Sunday detailed how Republican Sen. Susan Collins — a pivotal swing vote — was treated. Her husband was threatened with ricin in a letter addressed to their Maine home.
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.