(CNSNews.com) - Since Christine Blasey Ford's allegation surfaced publicly 11 days ago, "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," Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote in his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he will deliver in person later today.
"These are last minute smears, pure and simple. They debase our public discourse. And the consequences extend beyond any one nomination. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination -- if allowed to succeed -- will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country.
Kavanaugh said he is appearing before the committee to answer Ford's allegations "and to tell the truth."
"And the truth is that I have never sexually assaulted anyone -- not in high school, not in college, not ever."
"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 admits, "I was not perfect" in his high school 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 misbehavior. 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."
Kavanaugh, as he said in his Fox News interview, "categorically and unequivocally" denies Ford's allegations. He repeated that he does not question that 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."
The transcript released by the Senate Judiciary Committee ahead of today's hearing is not complete. It says "additional testimony to follow."