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Brett Kavanaugh Fights Back Against Accusers

(Fox News' "The Story")

Monday, 24 September 2018 05:00 PM

A defiant Brett Kavanaugh fought back Monday against allegations of sexual misconduct that are threatening to derail his Supreme Court justice nomination, declaring, "I'm not going anywhere."

In the first televised remarks since accuser Christine Blasey Ford went public a week ago with her allegation of a sexual assault in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley spoke to Fox News' Martha MacCallum for her show, "The Story."

"The truth is I have never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise," Kavanaugh said.

"I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford, at some point in her life, was sexually assaulted by someone at someplace. But what I know is that I have never sexually assaulted anyone."

He pointed to Ford's longtime friend, Leland Ingham Keyser, who said she does not recall the party at which the alleged attack took place.

"I was never at any such party," Kavanaugh said. "The other people who alleged to be present have said they do not remember any such party. A woman who was present, another woman who was present, who was Dr. Ford's lifelong friend, has said she doesn't know me and never remembers being at a party with me at any time in her life."

Kavanaugh said he has no intention of giving up his Supreme Court bid out of frustration or anger at the allegations.

"I know I'm telling the truth," he asserted.

Kavanaugh said there were parties while he attended an all-boys Catholic high school, but insisted he was "focused on academics and athletics and going to church every Sunday, service projects, and friends" – and he was a virgin.

"In high school I think all of us have done things we look back on in high school and cringe a bit," he said. "That's not what we are talking about. We are talking about an allegation of sexual assault. I never sexually assaulted anyone. I didn't have anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter. The girls from the schools I went to and I were friends.

"The people I went to high school with – the girls and the boys, now men and women I went to high school with – I was good friends with them. We remain good friends."

"I think everyone is judged on their whole life," he said. "I am a good person. I have led a good life. I tried to do a lot of good for a lot of people. I am not perfect. None of us is perfect. I am not perfect, but never, never done anything like this.

"In America we have fairness. We hear from both sides," Kavanaugh continued. "I spent my life in the judiciary. Part of the judicial system, as I said during my hearing, was process protects you. That's what judges believe. That's what our system is built on. The rule of law, about fair process . . . I want to have an opportunity to defend my integrity and have a fair process. A fair process at a bare minimum requires hearing from both sides before rushing to judgment."

The interview follows a letter Kavanaugh sent Monday to the Senate Judiciary Committee, declaring the allegations by Ford and two other subsequent accusers  are "smears, pure and simple," calling the accusations "grotesque and obvious character assassination" that could dissuade others from entering public service.

Kavanaugh said he has no intention of giving up his Supreme Court bid out of frustration or anger at the allegations.

"I will not let false accusations drive us out of this process and, and you know, we're looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend . . . my integrity, my lifelong record promoting dignity or equality for women, starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old," he said.

"I'm not going anywhere."

Kavanaugh said threats of violence against his family and "the coordinated effort to destroy my good name" will not drive him out.

Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

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