Kavanaugh Fights Back: "These Are Smears, Pure And Simple"

Chris Menahan
Sep. 24, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh released a forceful statement on Monday denouncing the "smears" against him and said he "will not be intimidated into withdrawing" and "the coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out."

Full statement:
Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein:

When I testified in front of the Senate three weeks ago, I explained my belief that fair process is foundational to justice and to our democracy.

At that time, I sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than 31 hours and answered questions under oath. I then answered more questions at a confidential session. The following week, I responded to more than 1,200 written questions, more than have been submitted to all previous Supreme Court nominees combined.

Only after that exhaustive process was complete did I learn, through the news media, about a 36- year-old allegation from high school that had been asserted months earlier and withheld from me throughout the hearing process. First it was an anonymous allegation that I categorically and unequivocally denied. Soon after the accuser was identified, I repeated my denial on the record and made clear that I wished to appear before the Committee. I then repeated my denial to Committee investigators--under criminal penalties for false statements. All of the witnesses identified by Dr. Ford as being present at the party she describes are on the record to the Committee saying they have no recollection of any such party happening. I asked to testify before the Committee again under oath as soon as possible, so that both Dr. Ford and I could both be heard. I thank Chairman Grassley for scheduling that hearing for Thursday.
Last night, another false and uncorroborated accusation from 35 years ago was published. Once again, those alleged to have been witnesses to the event deny it ever happened. There is now a frenzy to come up with something--anything--that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring.

These are smears, pure and simple. And they debase our public discourse. But they are also a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our country. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination--if allowed to succeed--will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service.

As I told the Committee during my hearing, a federal judge must be independent, not swayed by public or political pressure. That is the kind of judge I will always be. I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. The last-minute character assassination will not succeed.

I have devoted my career to serving the public and the cause of justice, and particularly to promoting the equality and dignity of women. Women from every phase of my life have come forward to attest to my character. I am grateful to them. I owe it to them, and to my family, to defend my integrity and my name. I look forward to answering questions from the Senate on Thursday.


Brett M. Kavanaugh
Everything he said is true, especially this line: "Such grotesque and obvious character assassination -- if allowed to succeed -- will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service."

This is the most vicious smear campaign I've ever witnessed. Is Amy Coney Barrett going to want to be subject to this terror campaign if Jeff Flake or Susan Collins cave over these blatantly false smears?

As I reported yesterday, TIME Magazine reporter Tessa Berenson said Sunday night that a source involved in Kavanaugh's confirmation process told her everyone knew delaying the confirmation process would "basically be an invitation for open season" but they believe Democrats piling on allegations will backfire because Kavanaugh "has a lifelong record of being a person of incredible integrity and good character."

"Source calls the new allegation in the New Yorker 'outlandish' and says, 'It would have been a much more effective strategy for them to just stick to the original allegation and do the best they can with it,' " Berenson said.

The New Yorker article debunks itself and The New York Times similarly found zero evidence to back second accuser Deborah Ramirez's claims.

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