During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh came out firing against those who have smeared his good name an engaged in a character assassination campaign against him. Kavanaugh made it unmistakably clear that he never sexually assaulted Christine Ford or anyone for that matter.
“I’m here today to tell the truth. I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not ever,” he said.
“Eleven days ago, Dr. Ford publicly accused me of committing a serious wrong more than 36 years ago when we were both in high school. I denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically. The next day, I told this Committee that I wanted to testify as soon as possible, under oath, to clear my name,” he said.
“Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired. There has been a frenzy to come up with something — anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious—that will block a vote on my nomination. These are last-minute smears, pure and simple,” Kavanaugh continued.
“Sexual assault is horrific. It is morally wrong. It is illegal. It is contrary to my religious faith. And it contradicts the core promise of this Nation that all people are created equal and entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. Allegations of sexual assault must be taken seriously. Those who make allegations deserve to be heard. The subject of allegations also deserves to be heard. Due process is a foundation of the American rule of law,” Kavanaugh said.
Dr. Ford’s allegation dates back more than 36 years, to a party that she says occurred during our time in high school. I spent most of my time in high school focused on academics, sports, church, and service. But I was not perfect in those days, just as I am not perfect today. I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends. Sometimes I had too many. In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now. But that’s not why we are here today. What I’ve been accused of is far more serious than juvenile misbehaviour. I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes.
The allegation of misconduct is completely inconsistent with the rest of my life. The record of my life, from my days in grade school through the present day, shows that I have always promoted the equality and dignity of women.
I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford. I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr. Ford. I am not questioning that Dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time. But I have never done that to her or to anyone. I am innocent of this charge.
Kavanaugh talked about the absolutely lack of any evidence or proof of Ford’s claims and said witnesses say that “they never recall any such party and that I never did nor would do anything like this.” Her allegations are “refuted by the very people she says were there.”
Judge Brett Kavanaugh: “I denied the allegation immediately, categorically and unequivocally. All four people allegedly at the event, including Dr. Ford’s longtime friend Ms. Keyser, have said they recall no such event.” https://t.co/005BvMqW3Y pic.twitter.com/rHTYdxXhHV
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