Embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, in his first television interview since allegations of past sexual misconduct emerged, told Fox News Monday he's "never sexually assaulted anyone" and would not withdraw.
Brett Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley took the unusual step of being interviewed by Fox News to continue to deny allegations that he assaulted Christine Blasey Ford and exposed himself to Deborah Ramirez.
Brett Kavanaugh, with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, defends himself against allegations of sexual misconduct during a Fox News interview Monday. Ford and Kavanaugh are expected to testify on Thursday.
In the run-up to an appearance by Kavanaugh and his main accuser at a dramatic Senate hearing, the Republicans embraced their newly aggressive stance with his nomination dangling precariously. This is a smear, plain and simple. He tweeted that "if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities". The unidentified person told the anonymous source that he heard of the allegation "either on the night of the party or in the next day or two". She said another boy, Mark Judge, was also in the room.
Ford is set to testify at a Senate hearing on Thursday.
Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans pointed to the lack of corroborating witnesses in Ramirez's story as well as Democrats' involvement with her coming forward behind the scenes as reasons to dismiss her allegation. The counsel said it was the committee's "non-negotiable" right to determine who would be allowed to testify. "The article reports that Democratic staff were aware of these allegations, but they never informed Republican staff". Ford's team has called just for senators to do the questioning.
Deborah Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale University, said he exposed himself at a party when they were both first-year students.
Ford penned a letter to Judiciary Chairman Sen.
"We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it-and we did not", the statement read. "I hope she comes".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made clear that no matter what happens at the hearing, the full Senate will vote on Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation. Judge Kavanaugh was defiant as well.
The New Yorker reports the offices of at least four Democratic senators have received information about the allegation, and at least two have begun investigating the incident. Judge has told the committee he does not recall the incident.
Hatch, asked by reporters if Ford's allegations were phony, said, "I think she's honest, at least I hope so". The magazine said numerous people they contacted did not respond to interview requests, others declined to comment or said they did not attend or remember the party.
It is now conceivable that Kavanaugh may not be confirmed, which could happen in multiple ways.
"The Republican viewpoint is that the left is trying to create a pattern of sexual misconduct in order to make him radioactive", the source said. Since the letter went public, Ford has demanded a FBI investigation into her claims and tried to delay the hearing so she could drive from California to Washington, DC, due to reportedly being afraid of flying.
In a play off the New York Times slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print", McConnell said "the latest allegation is not fit to print" and added that Senate Democrats "just wanted another hit in the press".
Republicans stepped up their attempts to discredit Ford's story. The committee said all three told investigators that they had no recollection of the evening in question.
Moreover, the West Wing aides who had urged Trump to remain muted in his response to the accusations anxious about how the president might react to an hourslong, televised hearing.
Still, the White House and Republicans have cast doubt on Ms Ford's allegations. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.