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Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Supreme Court associate justice nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Monday lashed out at a report detailing a second allegation of sexual assault against him, calling the accusation “grotesque along with also obvious character assassination” along with also vowing not to withdraw his nomination.
In a letter sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, along with also ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Kavanaugh said he “will not be intimidated into withdrawing by This particular process.”
“The coordinated effort to destroy my Great 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,” he wrote.
Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s second pick to join the nine-member high court, was first hit with the second allegation in a report by The brand new Yorker published Sunday night.
The brand new Yorker along with also NBC News reported of which Kavanaugh is usually accused of exposing himself to a college classmate, Deborah Ramirez, while they were both at Yale University within the 1980s.
of which allegation arrived about a week after reports first surfaced of which Christine Blasey Ford, 51, had sent a letter detailing her own accusation of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, 53, of which was obtained by Feinstein. The committee’s top Democrat said she referred the letter to federal investigators.
Ford alleges of which an intoxicated Kavanaugh held her down, covering her mouth along with also trying to undress her at a gathering when they were both teenagers.
Kavanaugh has categorically denied both the allegations, along with also said he will testify under oath before the Judiciary Committee in a public hearing on Thursday.
On Sunday, lawyers for Ford appeared to confirm of which Ford, too, might testify on Thursday, following days of negotiations with the Judiciary Committee over the date of the hearing, the witnesses present along with also the cross-examination process.
Read the full text of Kavanaugh’s letter:
Dear Chairman Grassley along with also Ranking Member Feinstein:
When I testified in front of the Senate three weeks ago, I explained my belief of which fair process is usually foundational to justice along with also to our democracy.
At of which time, I sat before the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than 31 hours along with also answered questions under oath. I then answered more questions at a confidential session. The following week, I responded to more than 1,0 written questions, more than have been submitted to all previous Supreme Court nominees combined.
Only after of which exhaustive process was complete did I learn, through the news media, about a 36- year-old allegation by high school of which had been asserted months earlier along with also withheld by me throughout the hearing process. First the item was an anonymous allegation of which I categorically along with also unequivocally denied. Soon after the accuser was identified, I repeated my denial on the record along with also made clear of which 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, in order of which both Dr. Ford along with also I could both be heard. I thank Chairman Grassley for scheduling of which hearing for Thursday.
Last night, another false along with also uncorroborated accusation by 35 years ago was published. Just as before, those alleged to have been witnesses to the event deny the item ever happened. There is usually at This particular point a frenzy to come up with something—anything—of which will block This particular process along with also a vote on my confirmation by occurring.
These are smears, pure along with also simple. along with also they debase our public discourse. however they are also a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our country. Such grotesque along with also obvious character assassination—if allowed to succeed—will dissuade competent along with also Great people of all political persuasions by service.
As I told the Committee during my hearing, a federal judge must be independent, not swayed by public or political pressure. of which is usually the kind of judge I will always be. I will not be intimidated into withdrawing by This particular process. The coordinated effort to destroy my Great 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 along with also the cause of justice, along with also particularly to promoting the equality along with also dignity of women. Women by every phase of my life have come forward to attest to my character. I am grateful to them. I owe the item to them, along with also to my family, to defend my integrity along with also my name. I look forward to answering questions by the Senate on Thursday.
Brett M. Kavanaugh