'Why didn't somebody call the FBI 36 years ago?
President Donald Trump said Thursday that the Senate Judiciary Committee should move swiftly to finish vetting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and ridiculed Democrats who are calling for an FBI investigation into a sex-assault allegation dating back to 1982.
Committee Republicans are trying to secure a commitment from accuser Christine Ford to appear at a hearing on Monday, but Democrats are calling for an FBI investigation before the process can move forward.
'I say let her say what she has to say and let's see how it all comes out,' Trump told Fox news Channel host Sean Hannity inside a Las Vegas arena before a scheduled rally.
'But they've delayed it a week, and they have to get on with it.'
Minutes later the president stood behind his podium and exclaimed: 'Look at our judges! What's going on?'
Thousands spontaneously began chanting Kavanaugh's name before Trump could mention it himself.
In his pre-rally interview, Trump called Kavanaugh 'an outstanding person' and dismissed the demands for an FBI probe.
'You say, "Why didn't somebody call the FBI 36 years ago?"' the president said, declaring that Kavanaugh's opponents have tried to 'besmirch' him.
The FBI has conducted six background checks on Kavanaugh, including some when he was first nominated to a federal judgeship in 2006.