Kavanaugh Interview: 'I Want a Fair Process Where I Can Defend My Integrity and Clear My Name'

By Susan Jones | September 25, 2018 | 5:32 AM EDT

President Donald Trump introduces Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. The Kavanaughs told Fox News Monday night they knew the confirmation would be tough, but that this process has been far worse than they imagined, with accusers making claims the judge firmly denies. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - "I'm a good person. I've led a good life. I've tried to do a lot of good for a lot of people. I am not perfect. I know that. None of us is perfect. I'm not perfect, but I've never, never done anything like this," Judge Brett Kavanaugh told Fox News's Martha MacCallum Monday night in his first television interview since he was accused -- now by two women -- of sexual violence.

"I want to be heard," Kavanaugh said, with his wife Ashley sitting beside him.

"I want an opportunity -- a fair process. America's about fairness; I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity and clear my name as quickly as I can in whatever forum the Senate deems appropriate."



MacCallum asked the judge about senators who say they believe Christine Blasey Ford, and any woman who makes an accusation, even before hearing them speak. "When you hear United States senators who are making judgments, final judgments, what does that make you think about the presumption of innocence in this country?" MacCallum asked.

"In America, we have fairness. We hear from both sides," Kavanaugh replied. “I've spent my life in the judiciary, our judicial system, and part of the judicial system, as I've said during my first -- my hearing, was process protects you. That's what judges believe, that's what our system was built on, the rule of law, about fair process."

MacCallum asked Kavanaugh, "Do you feel unprotected by the process?"

"Fair process means hearing from both sides," Kavanaugh said. "I want to have an opportunity to defend my integrity and clear my name and have a fair process. A fair process, at a minimum, at a bare minimum, requires hearing from both sides before rushing to judgment.

Ashley Kavanaugh said the confirmation process is "harder than we imagined, and we imagined it might be hard. But at the end of the day, our faith is strong, and we know that we're on the right path. And we're just going to stick to it, so."

Asked about the allegations that he pinned down a woman in a bedroom 36 years ago, at a party attended by five people -- a party which only the accuser claims to remember -- Kavanaugh again said it never happened.



 

"I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever. I've always treated women with dignity and respect," Kavanaugh said. He repeated the latter sentence throughout the interview.

Kavanaugh said he "may have met" Ford, but "We did not travel in the same social circles. She was not a friend, not someone I knew."

Asked why he thinks Ford would accuse him, Kavanaugh said all he knows is the truth: "And the truth is, I never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise.

"I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone in some place. But what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any time in my life."

Asked about new -- and even less substantial -- allegations about an incident of a sexual nature while he was at Yale, Kavanaugh said he "never did any such thing." A classmate claims she has now recovered a repressed memory of Kavanaugh pulling down his pants at a dormitory party and shoving himself in her face. But she admits she was drunk and was initially uncertain that Kavanaugh was the one who did it.

"The other people alleged to be there don't recall any such thing," Kavanaugh said. "If such a thing had happened, it would've been the talk of campus. The women I knew in college and the men I knew in college said that it's inconceivable that I could've done such a thing.

"And the New York Times has reported that just last week the person making the accusation was calling other classmates saying she was not sure that I had done this. Again -- again, just asking for a fair process where I can be heard and I can defend my integrity."

Finally, Kavanaugh rejected the most recent allegation -- from the mouth of porn star attorney Michael Avenatti -- that another woman, with witnesses to back her up, will claim that Kavanaugh took part in drunken gang rapes a house parties during the 1980s.

"Did you ever participate in or were you ever aware of any gang-rape that happened at a party that you attended?" MacCallum asked Kavanaugh.

"That's totally false and outrageous. I've never done any such thing, known about any such thing," he replied.

When I was in high school -- and I went to an all-boys Catholic high school, a Jesuit high school, where I was focused on academics and athletics, going to church every Sunday at Little Flower, working on my service projects, and friendship, friendship with my fellow classmates and friendship with girls from the local all-girls Catholic schools.

And yes, there were parties. And the drinking age was 18, and yes, the seniors were legal and had beer there. And yes, people might have had too many beers on occasion. And people generally in high school -- I think all of us have probably done things we look back on in high school and regret or cringe a bit, but that's not what we're talking about.

"We're talking about an allegation of sexual assault. I've never sexually assaulted anyone. I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter."

Kavanaugh refused to speculate on why this is happening to him, although it's clear that partisan politics is at play. Democrats have been very clear about why they want to keep another constitutionalist off the Supreme Court.

MacCallum asked both Kavanaughs, "Did you guys ever look at each other and say 'I'm out, this is enough. This just isn't worth it?'"

"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process. And we're looking for a fair process, where I can be heard and defend the -- my integrity, my lifelong record -- my lifelong record of promoting dignity and equality, starting with the woman who knew me when I was 14 years old. I'm not going anywhere.

After the interview aired, President Trump tweeted, "The Democrats are working hard to destroy a wonderful man, and a man who has the potential to be one of our greatest Supreme Court Justices ever, with an array of False Accusations the likes of which have never been seen before!"

Kavanaugh said he spoke to President Trump on Monday afternoon, and "I know he's going to stand by me."

 


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