“I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process”, Mr Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge nominated by Mr Trump in July for a lifetime job on the top U.S. court, wrote in a letter to the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee, which is overseeing the confirmation process.
President Trump’s pick for the high court also cast his suddenly troubled nomination as a referendum on politics in America, telling senators in a letter that if he can be defeated by a whisper campaign, it will chase other capable people from government service.
“We asked him about every single allegation”, MacCallum said.
In a defiant interview Monday, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said he would not withdraw his nomination in the face of on-record allegations from two women who say he engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior with them.
Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley gave an exclusive joint interview to Fox News Channel anchor Martha MacCallum, to air Monday evening on The Story with Martha MacCallum.
“The truth is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise”, Kavanaugh said.
Even if Republicans lose their Senate majority, they could still have time to confirm a nominee in a post-election lame duck session, but the GOP hasn’t indicated that is under consideration. “The last minute character assassination will not succeed”, he wrote.
Democrats have accused Republicans of not conducting a thorough review in their rush to get Kavanaugh confirmed.
Avenatti said Monday it’s “highly likely” his client will go public with sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh in the next 48 hours.
The New Yorker magazine reported Sunday night that Senate Democrats were investigating a second woman’s accusation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh dating to the 1983-84 academic year, Kavanaugh’s first at Yale University.
Judge Kavanaugh, do not delay the inevitable.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), another Judiciary Committee member, told reporters he believed that Democrats are “just taking shots in the dark” with the latest allegation against Kavanaugh, adding that he is “prepared to move forward with the vote” on the nomination barring any new incriminating information that may arise at Thursday’s hearing with Blasey.
That’s been followed by a new claim against Kavanaugh by another woman.
“I just don’t think one man’s shoulders should bear decades of the #metoo movement”, she said, using the popular name for the wave of women who have shared stories of being victims of sexual assault and misconduct, particularly in the workplace. He tweeted that “if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities”. I’ve worked to make certain the committee I chair handles all individuals involved in hearings in that manner, and you deserve the same’.
Fox says the interview will address the allegations and the hearing as well as “the effect these claims have had on his family”.
Grassley’s counsel said in a note to Ford’s lawyers that “the Chairman asked me to relay again that he will do everything in his power to provide a safe, comfortable and dignified forum for Dr. Ford to testify”.
She remembers Kavanaugh standing to her right and laughing, pulling up his trousers.
Online, women shared their messages of solidarity to Ford, Ramirez and the thousands who have been sexually assaulted in their lives.
Kavanaugh said it’s possible he may have met Ford at some time, but he said they were not friends and did not travel in the same social circles.