Kavanaugh testifies after accuser gives evidence – BBC News
Do you want firm that the testimony about to give before the committee will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing, but the truth so help you, God I do and like we are like we offered to Senator, are to dr. Ford. You can take whatever time you want now for your opening statement, then we’ll go to question so proceed. Mr. chairman ranking member Feinstein members of the committee. Thank you for allowing me to make my statement. I wrote it myself yesterday afternoon and evening. No one is seeing a draft or it except for one of my former Clark’s. This is my statement. Less than 2 weeks ago, dr. Ford publicly accused me of committing wrong doing an event more than 36 years ago, when we are both in. I deny the allegation immediately categorically and unequivocally all four people allegedly at the event, including dr. Ford’s longtime friend Misty. I said they were call No Such event. Her longtime friend, Miss Kaiser, said under penalty of felony that she does not know me and does not believe she ever saw me at a party ever here’s the quote from this Kaiser’s attorneys letter quote simply put this Kaiser does not know mr. Cavanaugh, and she has No recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present with or without doctor Ford and quote think about that fact. The day after the allegation appeared, I told this committee that I wanted as soon as possible to clear my name. I demanded hearing for the very next day. Unfortunately, it took the committee 10 days to get to this hearing and those 10 long days, as was predictable and, as I predicted my family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations. The 10-day delay it’s been a harmful to me and my family to the Supreme Court into the country. When this allegation first arose, I welcomed any kind of Investigation, FBI or otherwise. The committee now has conducted a thorough investigation. I cooperated fully. I know that any kind of Investigation, FBI, Montgomery County Police, whatever will clear me, listen to the people. I know listen to the people of known me. My whole life listen to the people. I’Ve grown up with and worked with and played with and Coach within, dated and talked and gone two games with and had beers with listen to the witnesses who allegedly were at this event, 36 listen to Miss Kaiser. She does not know me. I was not at the party described by dr. Ford. His confirmation process has become a National Disgrace. The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process, but you have replaced advice-and-consent with Search and Destroy since mine nation in July, there’s been a frenzy on the left to come up with something anything to block my confirmation. Shortly after I was nominated, the Democratic Senate leader said he would quote me with everything. He’S got a Democratic senator on this committee publicly publicly referred to me as evil evil. Think about that word and said that those who read me war quote complicit in evil. Another Democratic senator on this committee said quote: judge cavanal is your worst nightmare. A former head of the Democratic National Smitty said quote: judge Cavanagh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come. I understand the passions of the moment, but I would say those Senators. Your words have meaning millions of Americans listen carefully to you giving comments like those is it any surprise. People have been willing to do anything to make it any physical threat against my family to send any violent email to my wife to make any kind of allegation against me and against my friends the blow me up and take me down. You sowed the wind for decades to come. I fear that the whole country will reap the Whirlwind. The behavior of several the Democratic members of this Committee of my hearing a few weeks ago was an embarrassment, but at least it was just a good old-fashioned attempt at borking those efforts didn’t work when I did it. Okay enough at the hearings that it looks like. I might actually get confirmed a new tactic was needed. Some of you were lying and wait and had it ready. This first allegation was held in Sea four weeks by Democratic member, this committee and by staff. It would be needed only if you couldn’t take me out on the merits when it was needed. This allegation was Unleashed and publicly over dr. Ford’s wishes and then and then, as no doubt was expected. If not, plans came along series of false minutes mirrors designed to scare me and drive me out of the process before any hearing occurred, crazy stuff gangs, illegitimate children, fights on boats and Road, Thailand, all nonsense, reported breathlessly and often uncritically by the media. This is destroyed. My family and my good name, a good name for a built-up through decade, a very hard work in public service at the highest levels of the American government. This whole 2-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit. Fueled parent 10 up anger about President Trump. In the 2016 election fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record revenge on behalf of the clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups. This is a circus. The consequences will extend long pass, my nomination, the consequences be with us for decades. This protest and coordinated character assassination will dissuade confident and good people of all political Persuasions from serving our country and, as we all know, in the United States, political system of the early 2000s would goes around comes around. I am an optimistic guy. I always try to be on the sunrise side, the mountain, to be optimistic about the day that is coming, but today I have to say that I fear for the future. Last time I was here, I told this committee that have fed judge must be independent, not swayed by public or political pressure. I said I was such a judge and I am, I will not be intimidated in the withdrawing from this process. You’Ve tried hard you giving it your all. No one can question your effort, but your coordinated and well-funded effort to destroy my good name and destroy my family will not drive me out. Dial threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. You may defeat me in the final vote, but you’ll never get me to quit. Never I’m today to tell the truth. I’Ve never sexually assaulted anyone not in high-school, not in college, not ever sexual assault is horrific. What am I close friends to this day? Is a woman who was sexually abused and who, in the 1990s, when we are in our thirties, confided in me about the abuse assault? My advice, I was one of the only people she consulted. Allegations of sexual assault must always be taken seriously. Always those who make allegations always deserve to be heard at the same time, the person who’s. This of the allegations also deserves to be heard. Do processes of foundation of the American rule of law due process means listening to both sides, as I told you it might hearing 3 weeks ago on the only child of Martha and Ed Cavanaugh. They are here today when I was 10. My mom went to law school and, as a lawyer, she worked hard and overcame barriers, including the workplace, sexual harassment. That’S so many women face at the time and still face today. She became a Trailblazer want to Maryland’s earliest women prosecutors in trial judges. She and my dad taught me the importance of equality and respect for all people, and she inspired me to be a lawyer and a judge. Last time I was here, I told you that when my mom was a prosecutor and I was in high school, she used to practice her closing arguments at the dining room table on my dad and me, as I told you, her trade-mark line was use your common Sense, what Rings true, what Rings false her trademark line is a good reminder, as we sit here today, so I’m 36 alleged event occurred when there is no corroboration, and indeed it is refuted by the people allegedly there after I’ve been in the public arena for 26 Years, without even a hint, a whiff of an allegation like this it when my nomination of the Supreme Court was just about to be voted on at a time when I’m called Evil by Democratic member, this committee, while democratic, so my nomination say people will die. If I am confirmed this onslaught of last-minute allegations does not ring true, I’m not questioning that dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at sometime, but I have never done this to her or to anyone. That’S not who I am. It is not who I was. I am innocent of this charge. I intend no ill-will to dr. Ford in her family, the other night Ashley in my daughter, Liza, said they’re and Little Liza all 10 years old. We should pray for the woman a lot of wisdom from a ten-year-old we meet. We mean no LOL. First, that start with my career for the last 26 years since 1992, I’ve served in many high-profile and said sensitive government positions for which the FBI has investigated. My background six separate times six separate FBI background investigations, 26 years, all of them after the event event alleged here, I’ve been in the public Arena and under extreme public scrutiny for decades in 1992. I work for the office solicitor general in the Department of Justice. In 1993 I clerked on the Supreme Court for Justice Anthony Kennedy. I spent 4 years in the independent council’s office during the 1990s. That office was the subject of enormous scrutiny from the media and the public during 1998. The year of the impeachment of President Clinton are office generally, and I personally, when the middle of an intense, now show Media in political Spotlight and other leading members of 10 Stars office, where opposition research from head to toe from birth through the present-day recalled people who Are exposed at year of 1998 as having engaged in some sexual wrongdoing or indiscretions in their past, one person on the left even paid a million dollars for people to report evidence of sexual wrongdoing and worked exposed some prominent people, nothing about me from 2001 to 2006. I worked for President George W bush in the White House staff secretary. I was by President Bush’s side for three years. It was entrusted with the nation’s most sensitive Secrets. I traveled on Air Force, One all over the country and the world with President Bush. I went everywhere with him from Texas to Pakistan, from Alaska to Australia, from Buckingham Palace to the Vatican, 3 years in the West Wing. Five and a half years in the White House nominated to be a judge on the DC circuit. I was thoroughly vetted by the White House, the FBI, the American Bar Association in this committee. I sat before this committee for to Thoreau confirmation hearings in 2004 in 2006 for the past 12 years, leading up to my nomination for this job. I’M served in a very public Arena as a federal judge on what is often referred to as second most important Court in the country. I’Ve handled some of the most significant and sensitive cases affecting the lives and Liberties of the American people. I have been a good judge and for this nomination, another FBI background investigation, another American Bar Association, investigation, 31 hours of hearings, 65 cm 1200 written questions more than all previous Supreme Court nominees combine’s throughout that entire time throughout my 53 years and 7 months on this Earth until last week, no one ever accused me of any kind of sexual misconduct, no one ever a lifetime, a lifetime of public service and a lifetime of high-profile public service at the highest levels of American government and never hint of anything of this kind. And that’s because nothing of this kind ever happens II. Let’S turn to specifics. I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegations against Me by dr. Ford. I never had any sexual or physical Encounter of any kind. With dr. Ford, I never attended a gathering like the dr. Ford describes in her allegation. I’Ve never sexually assaulted, doctor Ford or anyone again, I’m not questioning that dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at sometime, but I’ve never done that to her or to anyone. Doctor for delegation stems from a party that she alleges occurred summer of 1982 36 years ago. I was 17 years old between my Junior and senior years of high school at Georgetown prep, a rigorous all boys Catholic. What high school in Rockville Maryland when my friends and I spend time together a parties on weekends, it was usually with friends from nearby Catholic all-girls High School Stone Ridge holy child visitation, Immaculata Holy Cross doctor for did not attend one of those schools. She attended an independent private school named holton-arms and she was here but find me she and I did not travel in the same Social Circles. It is possible that we met at some point at some events, although I do not recall that to repeat all of the p identified by dr. Ford is being present at the party have said they do not remember any such party ever happening. Importantly, her friend, Ms Kaiser, has not only denied knowledge of the party Kaiser said under penalty of felony. She does not know me does not recall ever being at a party with me ever and my two male friends who are allegedly there. Who knew me well told this committee under penalty of felony that they do not recall any such party, and then I never did or would do anything like this? Dr. Ford’s allegation is not merely uncorroborated. It is refuted by the very people she says where they are, including by a longtime friend of hers, refuted 3rd. Dr Ford has said this event occurred at a house near Columbia, Country Club, which is at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and East-West Highway in Chevy Chase. Maryland in her letter to Senator Feinstein, she said there were four other people at the, but none of those people know where I live near Columbia, Country Club, as of the summer of 1982, dr. Ford was 15 and could not drive yet and she did not live Near Columbia, Country Club, she says confidently that she had one beer at the party, but she does not say how she got to the house in question or how she got home or whose house it was. Fourth, I’ve submitted to this committee: detailed counters, recording my activities in the summer of 1982. Why did I keep calendars? My dad started keeping d detailed calendars of his life in 1978, so it’s both the calendar and the diary very organized guy, to put it mildly. Christmas time we sit around and eat with Gales with old stories, old milestones or weddings events from his calendars. In ninth grade in 9th grade in 1980, I start to keep encounters my own for me also, it’s both the counter in the diary. I kept such cow diaries for the last 38 years. Mine are not as good as my dad’s in some years and when I was a kid, the calendars are about what you would expect from a some goofy parts, so embarrassing Parts, but I did have the summer of 1982 documented it pretty well the event described by Dr. Ford presumably happened on a weekend because I believe everyone worked and had jobs in the summers. In any event, a drunken early-evening event of the kind she describes presumably happened on a weekend if it was a weekend. My calendar show that I was out of town. Almost every weekend night before football training camps started in late August, the only weekend nights that I was in DC. They were Friday June, for when I was with my dad at a pro golf tournament and had my high-school cheap at 8:30. The next morning I also was in DC on Saturday night August 7th, but I was at a small gathering at Becky’s house and Rockville Matt, Denise, Lori and Jenny. Their names are all listed on my calendar. I won’t use their last names here and then on the weekend about to August 20th to 22nd staying at the Garrett’s, with Pat and Chris, as we did final preparations for football training camp that began on Sunday. The 22nd as the calendars confirm the wet that weekend before brutal football training schedule was no time for parties. So let me emphasize this point. If the party described by dr. Ford happened in the summer of 1982 on a weekend night, Mike Allen shows all, but definitively that I was not there during the weekdays in the summer of 1982, as you can see, I was out of town for two weeks for The summer for a trip to the beach with friends and at the legendary Five-Star Basketball Camp in Honesdale Pennsylvania Intown, I spent much of my time working working out lifting weights playing basketball or hanging out and having some beers with friends. As we talked about life and football school and girls, some of notice that I didn’t have church on Sundays. On my calendars, I also didn’t list brushing my teeth and for me, going to church on Sundays was like brushing. My automatic still is in the summer of 1981, I had worked construction in the summer of 1982. My job was cutting Lawns. I had my own of sorts. You see some specifics about the lawn cutting listed on the August calendar page when I had the time. The last lawn cuttings of the summer of various Lawns, before football training camp, I played summer league basketball games for the Georgetown prep team at knife at Bellaire High School in Silver Spring many nights. I worked out with other guys at Tobin’s house. He was the great quarterback on a football team and his dad ran workouts or lifted weights to Georgetown prep in preparation for the football season. I attended watch many sporting events, as is my Habit to this day. The calendar show up Gatherings at friends, houses after a workout or just to meet up and have some beers, but none of those Gatherings included the group of people that dr. Ford is identified. As my calendar show. I was very precise listing who was there very precise and keeping keep in mind my calendars, also we’re Diaries of sorts, forward-looking and backward-looking. Just like my dad’s and the cancel doctor’s appointments that I listed, the precise people would shown up for certain events. The calendars are obviously not this positive on their own, but they are another piece of evidence in the mix for you to consider. Fifth doctor for delegation is radically inconsistent with my record in my character for my youth to the present day as students at an all-boys Catholic Jesuit school, many of became friends and remain friends to this day with students at local Catholic all girl schools. One feature of my life that is remain true to the present-day is that I’ve always had a lot of clothes, email. Friends, I’m not talking about girlfriends, I’m talking about friends who are women that started in high school. Maybe it was cuz, I’m an only child and had no sisters, but anyway we had no social media or text or email, and we talked on the phone. I remember talk to you almost every night. It seems my friends Amy or Julie or Kristen, or Karen or Suzanne from Mora or Megan or Nikki. The list goes on friends for a lifetime Alterna Foundation of talking through school and life, starting at age 14. Several of those great women on the seats right behind me today, my friends and I sometimes got together and had parties on weekends. The drinking age was 18 and Maryland’s for most of my time in high school and was 18 in DC. For all my time. In high school I drink beer with my friends, almost everyone did sometimes I have too many beers. Sometimes others did I like beer, I still like beer, but I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out and I never sexually a halted. Anyone there is a bright line between drinking beer, which I gladly do and which I fully Embrace and sexually assaulting someone which is a violent crime. If every American drinks, beer for every American who drank beer and high school is suddenly presumed guilty of sexual assault will be an ugly new place in this country. I never committed sexual is high school students. We sometimes Did Goofy or stupid things. I doubt we are alone and looking back at High School in Quincy and some things. One thing our yearbook was a disaster. I think some editors and students, one of the yearbook, to be some combination of Animal House Caddyshack in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which were all recent movies. At that time. Many of us went along in the year but to the point of absurdity this past week, my friends and I fringed when we read about it and talk to each other, one-thing particular or sad about one of our good one of our good female friends who we Would admire what the dances with Heather name used on yearbook, page with the term alumnus that yearbook Rim reference was clumsily intended to show section that she was one of us, but in this Circus the media’s interpret the term is related to sex was not related to Sex, the woman herself no to the media on the record. She and I never add any 6 sexual interaction of at all. So sorry to her for that yearbook reference this may sound a bit trivial, giving all that we are here for the one thing I want to try to make sure sure of in the future my friendship with her she wants. It is a great person as the sex. This is not a topic I ever imagined would come up in the judicial confirmation hearing, but I want to give you a full picture who I was. I never had sexual intercourse or anything close to it during high school. For many years after that, and some crowds is probably a little outwardly shy about my inexperience – try to hide that the same time I was also inwardly, proud of it for me, and the girls who I was friends with – that lack of major ramp and sexual activity. In high school was a matter of faith and respect and caution. The committee has a letter from 65 women who knew me in high school. They said that I always treated them with Dignity & Respect. That letter came together in one night, 35 years after graduation, while sexual assault allegation was pending against me in a very fraud and public situation where they knew they knew that be vilified if they defended me think about that they put their cell. That’S awesome, awesome women. I love all of you also have a letter from women who knew me and College Varsity athletes. They describe that I treated them as friends and equals and supported them and their Sports at a time when women’s sports was emerging in the wake of Title 9. I take all them for all their texts and their emails and their support. One of those women friends from college, a self-described, liberal and feminist, send me a text knife that said quote: depress you’re a good man, a good man, good man. Yesterday from another, those women friends from college said, quote: Brett be strong for you to Mike or 1/3 text from yet another of those women. I’M friends with from college said I’m holding you in the light of God. The last time I was with you cherish your friends. Look out for your friends, lift up your friends, love your friends. I felt that love more of the last 2 weeks and I ever have in my life. I think, all my friends. I love all my friends throughout my life, I’ve devoted huge efforts to encouraging and promoting the careers of women. I will put my record up against anyone’s male or female. I am proud of the letter from 84 women 84 women who worked with me at the bush White House from 2001 2006 and describe me, as quote a man of the highest Integrity, read the op-ed from Sarah day from Yarmouth, Maine she worked in a war operations Outside of President Bush’s office, here’s what she recently wrote and centralmaine.com, and today she stands by her comments – quote rat was an advocate for women. Like me, he encouraged me to take on more responsibilities and feel confident in my role. In fact, during the 2004 Republican National Convention, Brett gave me the opportunity to help with the preparation and review presents for Mark’s, something I never something I never would have had the chance to do. If you have not included me – and he didn’t just include me in the work he made sure I was at Madison Square Garden – to watch the president speech instead of back at the hotel watching on TV and quote as a judge since two six I’ve had the Privilege of hiring for recent law school graduates to service my law clerks each year. The law clerks for federal judges are the best and brightest graduates of American law schools. They work for one year terms for judges after law school and then they move on in their careers for judges. Training. These young lawyers is an important responsibility, but Apple become the next generation of American lawyers and leaders, judges and Senators. Just after I took the bench in 2006 there was a major New York Times story about numbers of women law clerks at the Supreme Court and federal appeals courts. I took notice and I took action. A majority of my 48 law clerks over the last 12 years have been women. In a letter to this committee, my women law clerk said I was one of the stronger strongest advocates in the federal Judiciary, four women lawyers and they wrote that the legal profession is fair, more equal because of me in my time on the bench, no federal judge, Not a single one in the country has sent more women law clerks the clerk on the Supreme Court than I have before this allegation arose. Two weeks ago I was required to start making certain administrative preparations for my possible transfer to the Supreme Court. In case I was confirmed as part of that I had to innocence. Contingently hire a first group of for law clerks who could be available to clerk at the Supreme Court. For me, on a moment’s notice, I did sell and contingently hired for law clerks. All four women, if confirmed I’ll, be the first Justice in the history of the Supreme Court to have a group all women law clerks is who I am that is who I was over the past 12 years. I taught constitutional law to hunt some students, primarily at Harvard Law. School was hired by then Dean and now Justice, Elena Kagan one of my former women’s students. A Democrat testified to this committee that I wasn’t even handed Professor who treat people fairly and with respect in a letter to this committee. My former students, male and female alike, wrote that I just played a character that impressed us all. I love teaching wall, but thanks to what some of you on this side of the committee of Unleashed, I may never be able to teach again for the seven years I’ve coached my two daughters, basketball teams. You saw many of those girls when they came to my hearing for a couple of hours. You have a letter from the parents of the girls, my coach, that just fried my dedication, commitment and character. I coached because I know that a girl’s confidence on the basketball court translates in the confidence and other aspects of life. I love coaching more than anything I’ve ever done in my whole life, but thanks. There was some of you on this side of the committee of Unleashed. I’M a never be able to coach again I better judge. For 12 years I have a long record of Service to America and to the I Revere the Constitution. I’M deeply grateful to President Trump for nominating me. He was so gracious to my family and me. On the July night he announced my nominee, the White House. I thank him for his steadfast support. When I accepted the president’s nomination Ashley – and I knew this process would be challenging – never expected that it would evolve into this. Explaining this to our daughters has been about the worst experience of Our Lives. Ashley has been a rock thank God, everyday for Ashley and my family. We live in a country devoted to do process and the rule of law. That means taking allegation seriously, but if the mere allegation, the mirror assertion of an allegation, feuded allegation from 36 years ago, is enough to destroy a person’s life and career. We will the band in the basic principles of fairness and due process that Define our legal system. In our country, I asked you to judge me by the standard that you would want applied to your father, your husband, your brother or your son, my family, and I intend no ill-will for dr. Ford for her family swear day under oath before the Senate and the Nation before my family and God, I am innocent of this charge. Thank you, George Cavanaugh. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982, has testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Judge Kavanaugh, who denies the allegations made by Prof Ford and by two other women who have come forward, began to testify later on Thursday.
He was nominated for the Supreme Court by Donald Trump in July and confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate seemed assured until Ford’s allegations became public.
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