Former President George W. Bush still supports Brett Kavanaugh after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on sexual assault accusations against the Supreme Court nominee.
Politico asked Bush on Thursday if he still supports Kavanaugh’s nomination.
“Yes, he does,” Freddy Ford, Bush’s chief of staff, said.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified on Thursday that Kavanaugh groped her and held his hand over her mouth at a high school party in the summer of 1982. Kavanaugh categorically denied the allegation and accused Democrats of conducting a coordinated smear against him. (RELATED: Kavanaugh: This Confirmation Process Has Become A ‘National Disgrace’)
In addition to his on the record support, Bush is also reportedly whipping votes for Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have all received calls from Bush in recent days urging them to support Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh served as an associate counsel in the White House and then staff secretary during Bush’s presidency. (RELATED: George W. Bush Is Standing Firmly Behind Kavanaugh)
When Kavanaugh was first accused of sexual misconduct by Ford, Bush said, “Laura [Bush] and I have known and respected Brett Kavanaugh for decades, and we stand by our comments the night Judge Kavanaugh was nominated: ‘He is a fine husband, father, and friend — and a man of the highest integrity.'”