A longtime Republican House member blasted the claim that Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a girl 36 years ago when both were in high school, saying, "give me a break."
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., made the remark during a recent campaign event. Audio of his comments was obtained by Talking Points Memo.
"George Orwell, he was so incredibly insightful and could see what's going to happen. But that's the challenge you're going to have," Rohrabacher said. "At least I didn't have to deal with that. Look at right now. This guy who's going to be our Supreme Court justice, and he better be our Supreme Court judge, he's a perfect candidate, and what do they say? 'Well, in high school you did this.' High school? Give me a break."
A woman has accused Kavanaugh of groping her when he was 17 and she was 15 in the early 1980s at a high school party. Kavanaugh has flatly denied the accusation, and he is ready to defend himself in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. The accuser has yet to agree on if and when she will appear in front of the panel to discuss her story.
Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings took place earlier this month and a committee vote on his nomination was pushed back from Thursday amid the allegations.
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