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As he did on Twitter earlier in the day, President Trump slammed the New York Times for its Sunday essay about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, calling it a “smear.”
He called Kavanaugh a “brilliant man” who has been wrongly accused.
As CNN reported, the essay by two Times reporters included a previously unreported allegation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh at Yale University in the 1980s (which he denies). But the essay omitted important details that were included in the reporters’ book on Kavanaugh: friends of the woman at the center of the alleged incident, who declined to be interviewed by the reporters, said she did not remember it.
“The woman involved said she didn’t know anything,” Trump said, criticizing the Democrats who have nonetheless called for Kavanaugh’s impeachment.
The “left,” he said, wants “to demean you, to libel you.”
The Times attached an Editors’ Note to the essay after its initial publication, and inserted the information had originally left out. Trump described the Times’ comments as as a “major apology,” though the Times did not apologize.