Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces another grilling on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, this time on whether he sexually assaulted a woman in high school.
Kavanaugh will speak before the committee after his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, testifies. Ford accused Kavanaugh nearly two weeks ago of pinning her down, attempting to remove her clothes and holding his hand over her mouth so she wouldn’t scream.
“Sexual assault is horrific. It is morally wrong. It is illegal. It is contrary to my religious faith. And it contradicts the core promise of this Nation that all people are created equal and entitled to be treated with dignity and respect,” Kavanaugh will say. “Allegations of sexual assault must be taken seriously. Those who make allegations deserve to be heard. The subject of allegations also deserves to be heard. Due process is a foundation of the American rule of law.”
Kavanaugh also will say that he spent most of his time in high school studying and participating in sports, church, and service.
“But I was not perfect in those days, just as I am not perfect today. I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends. Sometimes I had too many,” he will say. “In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now.”
But, he will insist, he “never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes.”
“I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford. I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr. Ford,” Kavanaugh will say. “I am not questioning that Dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time. But I have never done that to her or to anyone. I am innocent of this charge.”