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President Trump had a strong response to the Kavanaugh hearings — here's what he said
President Trump responded positively to the testimony given by his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump had a strong response to the Kavanaugh hearings — here's what he said

President Donald Trump responded to the conclusion of the hearings for his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Thursday.

'Powerful, honest, and riveting'

"Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him," the president tweeted from his official social media account.

"His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!"

Democrats castigated Kavanaugh after hearing from Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexual assault, but the president appeared to be satisfied with Kavanaugh's passionate denials before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

'This is why I nominated him'

Reports from the White House seemed to corroborate the sentiment in the social media missive from the president.

"President Trump is 'riveted' and telling people, 'This is why I nominated him,' in a positive way, per person close to him," reported Robert Costa of the Washington Post.

"Talking to lots of people inside WH about how he likes how Kavanaugh is fighting back," he added. "Admires the defiance."

CNN's Jake Tapper reported similarly from his source at the White House.

“President Trump is very pleased with Brett Kavanaugh’s righteous indignation regarding the personal destruction of his good name and his family. He’s confident in his choice," said a senior White House official, according to Tapper.

Republicans have indicated that the vote to confirm Kavanaugh will continue despite claims from Democrats against Kavanaugh.

Here's the latest on the Kavanaugh hearings:

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