Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh has decided to speak out in his own terms, sitting down with his wife for an exclusive Fox News interview, to defend himself in the face of increasing accusations of sexual misconduct.
But even as he routinely denied the allegations and pleaded for a “fair process”, Kavanaugh stood firm in the fact that he will not be withdrawing himself from the confirmation process, apparently just as adamant to become the next Supreme Justice.
“I’m not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process. We’re looking for a fair process where I can be heard defending my integrity, my lifelong record of promoting dignity and equality for women starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old,” he added.
Kavanaugh has been hit with a slew of accusations regarding sexual assault or sexual misbehavior. His first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, came forward last week, detailing how Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her through their clothes during a high school party they had both attended as teens some 30 years ago.
Then, earlier this week, another woman, Deborah Ramirez, accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a dorm party while they both attended Yale.
Then, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who represents alleged President Donald Trump mistress Stormy Daniels, broke news on Monday that there is a third accuser who will come forward within the next 48 hours.
According to USA Today, Avenatti told reporters that he had been hired by a former employee of the State Department and the U.S. Mint who has information about Kavanaugh and his high school friend Mark Judge.
The woman, who remains unidentified, reportedly has multiple security clearances and will “literally risk her life” by coming forward, Avenatti claimed.
Still, in the interview, a cool and composed Kavanaugh claimed his innocence.
“I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone. Not in high school. Not ever. I’ve always treated women with dignity and respect,” Kavanaugh insisted.
Kavanaugh said that he did not recall going to any parties with Ford, and denied being at the party Ford described in her allegations. He continued to repeat throughout the interview like clockwork that he has “never sexually assaulted anyone,” in his life.
Kavanugh also claimed that he was a virgin throughout high school and “many years” after that, thus, did not sexually assault anyone.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Ashley Kavanaugh said that the allegations lodged against her husband is “not consistent” with what she knows of her husband allegations, noting that she has never once questioned whether or not her husband may be lying about his innocence.
Kavanaugh also touted his work towards woman equality, reiterating how much he respects women.
“In my job as a judge for 12 years, I’ve been promoting women’s equality and there was a problem with women law clerks getting hired at the Supreme Court. I’m the leading federal judge in the country, the leader in the entire country of promoting women law clerks to get Supreme Court clerkships,” he said.
Kavanaugh will face more serious questioning on Thursday as both he and Ford are scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary committee