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Brett Kavanaugh letter calls sexual assault allegations ‘character assassination’



WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 19: Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh (R) leaves his home September 19, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Kavanaugh is scheduled to appear again before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday following allegations that have endangered his appointment to the Supreme Court. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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  • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh wrote a letter to
    the Senate Judiciary Committee’s leaders on Monday, pledging to
    continue with the confirmation process.
  • Kavanaugh called the allegations against him “smears”
    and a character assassination.

WASHINGTON — Embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
called the accusations that he sexually assaulted and harassed
two individuals while in high school and college “smears” and an
attempt to assassinate his character and derail his nomination.

In a Monday letter
to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking
Democrat Dianne Feinstein, Kavanaugh wrote that he only learned
of the allegations against him until after his official testimony
and that the latest reports that he assaulted a woman while in
college are unfounded as well. 

“Last night, another false and uncorroborated accusation from 35
years ago was published,” he wrote. “Once again, those alleged to
have been witnesses to the event deny it ever happened. There is
now a frenzy to come up with something — anything — that will
block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring.”

Kavanaugh also wrote that he is the subject of a smear campaign
that could have disastrous consequences for future public
servants and high profile figures.

“These are smears, pure and simple. And they debase our public
discourse,” he wrote. “But they are also a threat to any man or
woman who wishes to serve our country. Such grotesque and obvious
character assassination — if allowed to succeed — will dissuade
competent and good people of all political persuasions from

Kavanaugh also vowed to continue with his nomination in advance
of a committee hearing on Thursday to address the initial
allegations made by Prof. Christine Blasey Ford that he sexually
assaulted her at a high school party in the early 1980s.

“The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me
out,” he wrote. “The vile threats of violence against my family
will not drive me out. The last minute character assassination
will not succeed.”

“I have devoted my career to serving the public and the cause of
justice, and particularly to promoting the equality and dignity
of women,” he added. “Women from every phase of my life have come
forward to attest to my character. I am grateful to them. I owe
it to them, and to my family, to defend my integrity and my name.
I look forward to answering questions from the Senate on

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