(CNSNews.com) - Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that he “categorically and unequivocally” denies the allegation of sexual assault brought against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
“I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr. Ford. I never attended a gathering like the one Dr. Ford describes in her allegation. I never sexually assaulted Dr. Ford or anyone,” he said.
Kavanaugh said he doesn’t question that Ford “may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time,” but that he never did that to her or anyone. “That’s not who I am. It is not who I was. I am innocent of this charge. I intend no ill will to Dr. Ford and her family.”
In fact, he said, his 10-year-old daughter suggested they pray for Ford.
“The other night, Ashley and my daughter Liza said their prayers, and little Liza, all of 10 years old said to Ashley, ‘We should pray for the woman.’ That’s a lot of wisdom from a 10-year-old. We mean no ill will,” Kavanaugh said.
The judge pointed out that all four people that Ford said was at the alleged event have said they don’t recall the event, including Ford’s longtime friend. He complained that it took 10 days for the committee to schedule a hearing so that he could refute the allegations, and during that time, his family and his name “have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations.”
Kavanaugh said when the allegations first arose, he welcomed any kind of investigation by the Senate, FBI, or Montgomery County police. He said the confirmation process “has become a national disgrace.”
“The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process, but you have replaced advice and consent with search and destroy,” the judge said. “Since my nomination in July, there’s been a frenzy on the left to come up with something, anything to block my confirmation.
“Shortly after I was nominated, the Democratic Senate leader said he would ‘oppose me with everything he’s got.’ A Democratic senator on this committee publicly referred to me as evil, evil - think about that word - and said that those who supported me were ‘complicit in evil.’ Another Democratic senator on this committee said, ‘Judge Kavanaugh is your worst nightmare.’ A former head of the Democratic National Committee said, ‘Judge Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come,’” he said.
“I understand the passions of the moment, but I would say to those senators your words have meaning. Millions of Americans listen carefully to you. Given comments like those, is it any surprise that people have been willing to do anything, to make any physical threat against my family, to send any violent email to my wife, to make any kind of allegation against me and against my friends to blow me up and take me down,” Kavanaugh said.
He warned that the consequences of how the Democrats handled his nomination will have repercussions that last “long past” his nomination.
“Some of you were lying in wait and had it ready. This first allegation was held in secret for weeks by a Democratic member of this committee and by staff. It would be needed only if you couldn’t take me out on the merits. When it was needed, this allegation was unleashed and publicly deployed over Dr. Ford’s wishes,” Kavanaugh said.
“And then, as no doubt was expected if not planned, came a long series of false last-minute smears designed to scare me and drive me out of the process before any hearing occurred - crazy stuff, gangs, illegitimate children, fights on boat in Rhode Island - all nonsense, reported breathlessly and often uncritically by the media,” he said.
The judge called it “a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons, and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups.”
“This has destroyed by family and my good name, a good name built up through decades of very hard work and public service at the highest levels of the American government,” Kavanaugh said, adding that his confirmation process was “a circus.”
“The consequences will extend long past my nomination. The consequences will be with us for decades. This grotesque and coordinated character assassination will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country, and as we all know, in the United States political system of the early 2000s, what goes around, comes around,” the judge said.
“I am an optimistic guy. I always try to be on the sunrise side of the mountain, to be optimistic about what’s coming, but today, I have to say, that I fear for the future,” Kavanaugh said.
“Last time I was here, I told this committee that a federal judge must be independent, not swayed by public or political pressure. I said I was such a judge, and I am. I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. You’ve tried hard. You’ve given it your all. No one can question your effort, but your coordinated and well-funded effort to destroy my good name and destroy my family will not drive me out,” he pledged.
Kavanaugh pointed out that he spent 26 years in public service without a “whiff” of the allegations.
“First, let’s start with my career, for the last 26 years since 1992, I’ve served in many high-profile and sensitive government positions for which the FBI has investigated my background six separate times, six separate FBI investigations over 26 years - all of them after the event alleged here.
I have been in the public arena and under extreme public scrutiny for decades. In 1992, I worked for the Office of Solicitor General in the Department of Justice. In 1993, I clerked on the Supreme Court for Justice Anthony Kennedy. I spent four years in the independent counsel’s office during the 1990s. That office was the subject of enormous scrutiny from the media and he public.
During 1998, the year of the impeachment of President Clinton, our office generally and I personally were in the middle of an intense national media and political spotlight. I and other leading members of Ken Starr’s office were opposition researched from head to toe, from birth through the present day. Recall the people who were exposed that year of 1998 as having engaged in some sexual wrongdoing or indiscretions in their past.
One person on the left even paid a million dollars for people to report evidence of sexual wrongdoing, and it worked. He exposed some prominent people. Nothing about me. From 2001 to 2006, I worked for President George W. Bush in the White House. As staff secretary, I was by President Bush’s side for three years and was entrusted with the nation’s most sensitive secrets.
I traveled on Air Force One all over the country and the world with President Bush. I went everywhere with him from Texas to Pakistan, from Alaska to Australia, from Buckingham Palace to the Vatican. Three years in the West Wing. Five and a half years in the White House.
I was then nominated to be a judge on the D.C. Circuit. I was thoroughly vetted by the White House, the FBI, the American Bar Association, and this committee. I sat before this committee for two thorough confirmation hearings in 2004 and 2006. For the past 12 years leading up to my nomination for this job, I’ve served in a very public arena as a federal judge on what is often referred to as the second most important court in the country.
I’ve handled some of the most significant and sensitive cases affecting the lives and liberties of the American people. I’ve been a good judge, and for this nomination, another FBI background investigation, another American Bar Association investigation, 31 hours of hearings, 65 senator meetings, 1200 written questions more than all previous Supreme Court nominees combined.
Throughout that entire time, throughout my 53 years and seven months on this earth, until last week, no one ever accused me of any kind of sexual misconduct - no one ever - a lifetime, a lifetime of public service and a lifetime of high profile public service at the highest levels of American government and never a hint of anything of this kind, and that’s because nothing of this kind ever happened.”