So this is what they call doubling down.
Brett Kavanaugh made a surprise TV appearance on Monday night and said that despite another sexual misconduct allegation leveled against him — this one allegedly taking place during his time at Yale University — he would not be withdrawing his nomination for the Supreme Court.
This isn’t all that surprising, of course, given that he seemingly has the full support of the president and most GOP lawmakers.
In his interview on Fox News, during which his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh sat by his side, Kavanaugh told Martha MacCallum, “I’m not going anywhere.” He added, “I’m not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process, and we’re looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity, my lifelong record. My lifelong record of promoting dignity and equality for women, starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old.”
“I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity,” Kavanaugh continued. “I know I’m telling the truth. 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.”
Kavanaugh went so far as to tout his virginity that he says remained intact after graduating from Yale as evidence that he wouldn’t engage in the type of behavior he’s been accused of. “I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter,” he tol MacCallum. “And the girls from the schools I went to and I were friends.”
“And through what years in college, since we’re probing into your personal life?” MacCallum asked.
“Many years after,” Kavanaugh responded. “I’ll leave it at that. Many years after.”
Ashley mostly sat beside her husband in a symbolic role of support, but she did defend him at points in the interview. “I know Brett,” she said. “I’ve known him for 17 years. And this is not at all — it’s really hard to believe. He is decent, he’s kind, he’s good. I know his heart. This is not consistent with Brett.”
Kavanaugh also recently sent a letter to the heads of the Senate Judiciary Committee saying that the accusations are “smears, pure and simple,” according to The Hill. He magnified his experience into a moment that could have reverberations for years — and might even break our democracy! “Such grotesque and obvious character assassination — if allowed to succeed — will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service,” he wrote. He also said “The last-minute character assassination will not succeed.”
The plan is still in place for Kavanaugh to testify before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday — after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down and groping her at a high school party in the ‘80s while he was in a drunken stupor, testifies before the committee. And his Yale University classmate Deborah Ramirez has accused him of drunkenly exposing himself to her at a dormitory party decades ago and then forcing his penis into her face without her consent. Meanwhile, Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti continues to tease the media about a client he says he’s representing who has more information about Kavanaugh and his Georgetown Prep classmate Mark Judge. This story appears to be far from over.
Below, watch Kavanaugh’s complete interview on Fox News.
Read the full story at Politico.