In an interview on Fox News, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh not only denied any sexual misconduct but also affirmed that he never had sexual intercourse with any one until many years after graduating from Yale University. With his wife Ashley at his side, Kavanaugh responded to accusations of sexual misconduct being leveled by two women. He said, "What I know is the truth, and the truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone."
Ever since Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of a sexual assault that allegedly occured sometime in the 1980s, the ensuing controversy and Democrats’ demands for further investigation have threatened to derail a confirmation that had been thought to be a foregone conclusion.
Ford has accused Kavanaugh of covering her mouth and trying to strip her during a drunken party in the early 1980s, when both were in high school. Kavanaugh and Ford are scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Kavanaugh and his family have been subjected to death threats ever since Ford's accusations were made public.
In the interview Martha MacCullum, Kavanaugh said that he was a virgin through high school and for "many years after." Referring to the night on which Ford said he supposedly molested her, he said, "I was never at any such party," adding, "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 that he is "not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place but what I know is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone." Telling MacCallum that he refuses to withdraw his candidacy for the Supreme Court job, he said, "I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity, and I know I'm telling the truth." Kavanaugh said, "I know my lifelong record and I'm not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process. I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people."
In a letter to Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kavanaugh said he will not be "intimidated."
President Donald Trump has denounced Democrats’ objections to Kavanaugh as “totally political” and said that he support him “all the way.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., slammed what he said is a "smear campaign" launched by Democrats. Meantime, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has demanded that Kavanaugh’s nomination be brought to a halt while the FBI starts an investigation.
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.