Fe­in­stein tar­get of ire at rally

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - NATION - By Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller

COUN­CIL BLUFFS, IOWA — Chants of “Lock her up!” rang once again through­out an Iowa arena as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ral­lied sup­port­ers Tues­day night.

But this time, the sta­ple of Trump’s 2016 cam­paign against Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton had a new tar­get: Cal­i­for­nia Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein.

Trump, who was in the state boost­ing Repub­li­can can­di­dates ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elec­tions, said that Fe­in­stein, the rank­ing Demo­cratic mem­ber of the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit- tee, had leaked a let­ter writ- ten by Cal­i­for­nia pro­fes­sor Chris­tine Blasey Ford al­leg­ing Supreme Court Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh had sex­u­ally as­saulted her when they were teenagers.

Fe­in­stein has de­nied her of­fice was the source of the leak.

“Can you be­lieve that?” Trump said, as his sup­port­ers turned the chant once de­ployed against the former sec­re­tary of state on an­other Demo­cratic woman.

“Did she leak that? 100 per­cent,” Trump said, adding, “I don’t want to get sued, so 99 per­cent.”

Ford had sought to re­main anony­mous when she brought the al­le­ga­tion against Kava- naugh to Fe­in­stein’s at­ten­tion. She later went pub­lic af­ter re­porters started try­ing to con­tact her. Ka­vana- ugh staunchly de­nied Ford’s ac­cu­sa­tion.

“Dr. Blasey Ford knows I kept her con­fi­dence, she and her lawyers said so re­peat- edly,” Fe­in­stein said. “Repub- li­can se­na­tors ad­mit it. Even the re­porter who broke the story said it wasn’t me or my staff.”

The rally in Coun­cil Bluffs, across the Mis­souri River from Omaha, Ne­braska, was Trump’s lat­est stop on a busy tour cam­paign­ing for Repub­li­can can­di­dates in the lead-up to midterms that will de­ter- mine con­trol of Congress. And it comes as the presi- dent is on a high wave fol­low­ing a se­ries of wins, in­clud­ing Ka­vanaugh’s con­fir­ma­tion. It’s the sec­ond ap­point­ment Trump has made to the Supreme Court.

In­deed, Trump’s loud­est ap­plause came as he con­tin­ued his vic­tory lap, which has in­cluded bash­ing Democrats for at­tempt­ing to sink the nom­i­na­tion. Trump and other GOP lead­ers say the ef­fort en­er­gized Repub­li­can vot­ers, long con­sid­ered less en­er­gized than Democrats.

“This is truly an his­toric week for Amer­ica,” said Trump, prais­ing Repub­li­can se­na­tors for stand­ing up to what he called “the Democrats’ shame­ful cam­paign of po­lit­i­cal and per­sonal de­struc­tion” against his nom­i­nee.

T.J. KIRKPATRICK / THE NEW YORK TIMES

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump speaks at a rally in Coun­cil Bluffs, Iowa, Oct. 9.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.