Brett Kavanaugh took no prisoners in his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, defending himself against multiple accusations of sexual assault, and he did not pull punches when confronted by Sen. Dianne Feinstein with allegations he took part in a "gang rape" ring while in high school.
Feinstein took over questioning immediately after Kavanaugh concluded his statement, first asking Kavanaugh whether he believes the FBI should investigate Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's claims. Kavanaugh responded by reiterating that he demanded an opportunity to clear his name immediately.
.@SenFeinstein: "If you're very confident of your position, and you appear to be, why aren't you also asking the FBI to investigate these claims?"— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 27, 2018
Judge Kavanaugh: "Senator I'll do whatever the committee wants. I wanted a hearing the day after the allegation came up." pic.twitter.com/janeyCYnDR
"If you're very confident of your position, and you appear to be, why aren't you also asking the FBI to investigate these claims?" Feinstein quipped.
Judge Kavanaugh responded, "Senator, I'll do whatever the committee wants. I wanted a hearing the day after the allegation came up."
That's when things really got hairy.
Instead of asking questions about Dr. Ford, Feinstein decided to question Kavanaugh on allegations made in a sworn statement Wednesday by a woman named Julie Swetnick who claims Kavanaugh was a witness to — and may have participated in — a number of gang rapes, organized by his high school friend Mark Judge.
Kavanaugh had none of it, interrupting Feinstein mid-questioning to call Swetnick's allegations "a joke" and "a farce."
Kavanaugh is expected to face difficult questions, not just from senators, but from an Arizona sex crimes prosecutor brought in to handle the Senate interviews.