Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in his first television interview since two women accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct in high school and college, Kavanaugh said he believes that Christine Blasey Ford was sexually assaulted 'at some point in her life, ' but denied that he was involved.
Students at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's alma mater, Yale University, don't seem to be too pleased that one of their school's graduates is now vying for a seat on the nation's most powerful court. He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.
He also said that Kavanaugh's social circle "were capable of the actions" Ramirez described.
"The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out", he said in a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Democratic senators will most likely vote against the nomination and Republicans will vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation, but many observers believe some defections by Democratic Party senators representing more right-of-center states will tip the vote in Kavanaugh's favor.
The Kavanaugh confirmation fight comes just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.
The accusations surfaced in a story in The New Yorker on Sunday.
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"We came down here to say that she needs to listen to women", said Marie Follayttar, executive director of Mainers for Accountable Leadership.
Prior to the allegations, Gerken had expressed support for Kavanaugh, praising him for his work both as a justice and as a Yale faculty member.
Democrats are demanding a delay in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing set for Thursday where Kavanaugh and another accuser are scheduled to testify.
Chua said in the statement that, contrary to allegations that she told students that it was "no accident" that Kavanaugh hired attractive clerks, she "always" told her students to prep "insanely hard" and that substance was "the most important thing". "They finally did reach him, and he said we are not issuing a statement".
But Roche did say that Kavanaugh was a "heavy drinker" at the time, and he became "aggressive and belligerent".
Gerken released a statement on Friday, responding to an open letter published from individual members of the Yale faculty advocating for the FBI to investigate the Kavanaugh allegations and demonstrating concern for what they believed to be a rush to judgement.
"This would be 100% contrary to the character of the man I know and a powerful punch in the gut", Rivera, an attorney in Houston and a political independent, wrote in an email, calling Kavanaugh "honorable" and "respectful".