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Kavanaugh: 'I have never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise'

September 24, 2018 - 5:40 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Monday that he will not withdraw from the nomination process, despite allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

“I’m not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process,” Kavanaugh told Fox News. “And we’re looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity, my lifelong record of promoting dignity & equality for women, starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old.”

“I’m not going anywhere,” Kavanaugh, who conducted the interview with his wife, added.

He also bluntly told interviewer Martha McCallum, "The truth is, I've never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise. I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone in some place but I know I have never sexually assaulted anyone."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell condemned allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh as a "shameful, shameful smear campaign" created by Democrats.

Kavanaugh and his initial accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify Thursday about her claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, has told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when he was in college. Kavanaugh denies both allegations.

In a fiery speech from the Senate floor on Monday, McConnell said Democrats are using the allegations to delay and obstruct and "destroy a man's personal and professional life." He says it's an "orchestrated, last-minute hit on the nominee."

Kavanaugh sent a defiant letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday vowing he will not withdraw his nomination.

In a letter to the Judiciary panel, Kavanaugh says, "These are smears, pure and simple." He calls the allegations "grotesque and obvious character assassination" and says they could dissuade others from entering public service.

Kavanaugh says threats of violence against his family and "the coordinated effort to destroy my good name" won't drive him out.