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NEW YORK CITY —  President Donald Trump convened a news conference Wednesday on the eve of a Senate hearing that could determine the fate of his  Supreme Court nominee. Trump defended Judge Brett Kavanaugh, calling the accusations “a big, fat con job.”

Trump stood by his decision not to call on the FBI to reopen its background investigation of Kavanaugh.

“The FBI told us they’ve investigated Judge Kavanaugh six times, five times, many times over the years. They know him very well,” Trump said. “It’s not for the FBI,” Trump said, echoing his past comments.

The President said he believes the ordeal will hurt Democrats in the midterm elections, saying voters “know it’s a big fat con job.”

“I think people are going to see that in the midterms. What they’ve done to his family, what they’ve done to his children,” Trump said. “They know it’s a big fat con job.”

Still, President Trump is not ruling out withdrawing Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. He said he looks forward to seeing tomorrow’s hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh and one of his three accusers will testify.

The President would not answer questions about whether he thinks all three of Kavanaugh’s female accusers are lying.  Trump was also asked about a number of women who have accused him of sexual misconduct in the past.  He said there have been “a lot of false charges” against him. 

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