White House Fears Kavanaugh Could Crack During Senate Testimony After He Looked ‘Shaken’ During Fox News Interview: Report

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President Donald Trump and many of his allies have grown aggressive in their defenses of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, lashing out at the women who accuse him of sexual misconduct and assault.

But according to a new report from the Associated Press, even as Kavanaugh’s defenders strike a confident pose, they are far from certain about his prospects at being approved by the Senate.

The report notes that after a Fox News interview of Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh aired Monday night, there were mixed reactions in the White House:

After the interview aired, the sense in the West Wing was relief that Kavanaugh was able to present an image to counter the allegations. Yet there remained concern among aides, and Trump himself, as to how Kavanaugh, who appeared shaken at times during the interview, would hold up facing far fiercer questioning from Senate Democrats on Thursday, according to a White House official not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

On CNN Tuesday night, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman likewise reported that Trump and others were not thrilled with Kavanaugh’s performance in the interview.

During the interview, Kavanaugh was repetitive and looked startled. He repeatedly said he was looking for a “fair process” and that he just wanted to be “heard,” even though his Republican allies have had a stranglehold over the entire process and no one has denied him the ability to respond to his accusers. He denied the accusations against him in their entirety, but he also made several dubious claims that threw more doubt on his credibility.

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