“Do you believe in God,” Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday at a Senate Judiciary Committee in which Kavanaugh was grilled about accusations of sexual assault made against him.
After Kavanaugh rejected the allegations, one by one, Kennedy then asked Kavanaugh if he would swear to God that none of the allegations are true.
“I swear to God,” Kavanaugh confidently replied.
Sen. Kennedy: “I'm sorry, judge, for what you and your family have been through. And I'm sorry for what Dr. Ford and her family have been through. It could have been avoided.
Sen. Kennedy: “Do you believe in God?”
Judge Kavanaugh: “I do.”
Sen. Kennedy: “I will give you a last opportunity, right here in front of God and country. I want you to look me in the eye. Are Dr. Ford's allegations true?”
Judge Kavanaugh: “They are not accurate, as to me. I have not questioned that she might have been sexually assaulted at some point in her life, by someone, someplace. But, as to me, I have never done this. Never – done this to her, or to anyone else.
“I have talked to you about what I was doing in that summer of 1982, but I'm telling you, I've never done this to anyone, including her.”
Sen. Kennedy: “Are Ms. Ramirez's allegations about you true?”
Judge Kavanaugh: “Those are not. None of the witnesses in the room support that. If that had happened, that would have been the talk of campus in our freshman dorm.
“The New York Times reported that, as recently as last week, she was calling other classmates seeking to – well, I'm not going to characterize it, but calling other classmates last week, which just seemed very -- I will stop there, but it's not true. It’s not true.”
Sen. Kennedy: “Are Miss Julie Swetnick's allegations made by Mr. Avenatti about you true?”
Judge Kavanaugh: “Those are not true. I've never met her; I don't know who she is. There was a letter released within two hours of that breaking yesterday from, I think, 60 people who knew me in high school, men and women, who said it was, in their words, ‘Nonsense,’ the whole thing, totally ridiculous.”
Sen. Kennedy: “None of these allegations are true?”
Judge Kavanaugh: “Correct.”
Sen. Kennedy: “No doubt in your mind?”
Judge Kavanaugh: “Zero, 100% certain.”
Sen. Kennedy: “Not even a scintilla?”
Judge Kavanaugh: “Not even a scintilla, 100% certain, senator.”
Sen. Kennedy: “You swear to God?”
Judge Kavanaugh: “I swear to God.”
Sen. Kennedy: “That’s all I have, judge.”