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Brett Kavanaugh opening statement transcript: Angry response to critics

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Supreme
Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh was indignant during his
opening remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee on
Thursday.

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  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh delivered
    emotionally charged opening remarks as he
    testified on sexual assault allegations
    before the Senate
    Judiciary Committee on Thursday. 
  • Kavanaugh maintained his innocence and said the process
    surrounding his nomination was a “national disgrace.”
  • The judge accused Democrats of ruining his reputation,
    becoming emotional as he discussed the impact of the allegations
    on his daughters.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh was forceful and
emotional in denying sexual assault allegations in a highly
charged hearing before before the Senate Judiciary Committee on
Thursday. 

Kavanaugh vehemently maintained his innocence and bashed the
process surrounding his nomination, calling it a “national
disgrace” and a “circus.”

He said he’d never sexually assaulted anyone in his life and that
the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct that have arisen
during the confirmation process have “totally and
permanently destroyed” him and his family. He choked up at
points, especially as he discussed the effects of the events on
his young daughters.

The Supreme Court nominee also lambasted Senate Democrats,
claiming they’d supported his accusers for political reasons. He
faulted the media for its coverage of the allegations.

“This whole two week effort has been a calculated and
orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger
about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been
unfairly stoked abut judicial record, revenge on behalf of the
Clintons,” Kavanaugh said.

“What goes around comes around,” Kavanaugh said during his
testimony. “I fear for the future.”

Kavanaugh said he would not be intimated from withdrawing
from the process.

“You have tried hard. You given it your all. No one can
question your effort. Your coordinated and well-funded effort to
destroy my good name and destroyed my family will not drag me
out,” he said.

“You may defeat me in the final vote, but you’ll never get me
to quit. Never,” he added. 

Kavanaugh’s tone marked a stark contrast from
the more measured testimony of his accuser
, Christine
Blasey Ford, who appeared before the committee earlier in the
day. 

Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual misconduct by three women,
though only Ford has been called on to testify. 

During her testimony, Ford said she’s
“100%” certain
Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.

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