Video: Donald Trump on Whether Brett Kavanaugh Should Withdraw: 'What a Ridiculous Question'

President Donald Trump has dismissed the idea that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should withdraw from consideration following allegations of sexual assault.

Speaking to reporters on Monday afternoon, the president spoke highly of Kavanaugh's character in the wake of allegations made by 51-year-old Christine Blasey Ford, a professor and research psychologist, that the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her during a high school party when the two were teenagers.

“Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people that I've ever known. He's an outstanding intellect, an outstanding judge, respected by everybody. Never had even a little blemish on his record,” Trump said, according to Real Clear Politics.

“The FBI has, I think, gone through a process six times with him over the years, where he went to higher and higher positions. He is somebody very special,” Trump added.

Ford's allegations emerged last week, with one of her lawyers saying that Ford would be willing to publicly testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee over the allegations, which her lawyer said she considered attempted rape.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a public hearing for next Monday, at which Kavanaugh and Ford would each testify.

“But with all of it being said, we want to go through a full process. I have great confidence in the U.S. Senate and in their procedures and what they're doing, and I think that's probably what they're going to do. They'll go through a process and hear everybody out. I think it's important. I believe they think it's important,” Trump said, after several Republican senators suggested they would not be willing to vote until they had heard from Ford.

The president added: “But again, he is one of the great intellects and one of the finest people that anybody has known. You look at his references; I've never seen anything quite like it. So they'll go through that process and we'll get it done.”

Asked by a reporter whether Kavanaugh had offered to withdraw from the confirmation process after the allegations, Trump shot back: “Next question. What a ridiculous question that is."

For his part, Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. In a statement released Monday, he said: “Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday. I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.”