"The truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise", Kavanaugh said.
Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge whom Trump nominated to fill the seat of retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, has been accused by Christine Blasey Ford of assaulting her when they were both teenagers in high school.
In the interview, Kavanaugh emphatically denied Ford's claim against him, saying that he was "never at any such party". The Judiciary panel said it had talked to three other people who Ford has told The Washington Post were at the party where the alleged assault took place - Mark Judge, Patrick J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser. Ford, a research psychologist in California, says Kavanaugh pinned her down and groped her at a high school party.
In his first television interview since Ford's accusations became public and a second woman leveled additional accusations against him, Kavanaugh repeated his previous denial and said he has no plans to walk away from his Supreme Court nomination. He later added that he was asking for "a fair process, where I can be heard and I can defend my integrity".
"There's a chance that this could be one of the single most unfair, unjust things to happen to a candidate, but I am with Judge Kavanaugh", Trump said. He says McConnell has done more than maybe anyone else to politicize the Supreme Court nomination process. That's part of an aggressive drive by President Donald Trump and top Republicans to rally the public and GOP senators behind Kavanaugh's teetering nomination.
It said that the allegation came to the attention of Democratic senators through a civil rights lawyer. He repeatedly denied the claims made by Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, cast himself as the victim of "false accusations", and insisted that he will press on in his quest to win confirmation to the Supreme Court.
His confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate had seemed all but assured until allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced last week.
"We reached out to former Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett who then met with Ms. Ramirez to work through how to analyze and present her allegations", the spokesperson added.
Mocking her account, Trump said "she said well, it might not be him, and there were gaps, and she said she was totally inebriated and she was all messed up, and she doesn't know it was him, but it might have been him".
And since the standard that's being applied to Brett Kavanaugh - applied by the good NY senator herself, mind you - is that once an accusation is made, then guilt is affixed, shouldn't Gillibrand's seat be held by another about now?
Ford and Kavanaugh are set to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Both issues are especially personal for Trump: he sees the Russian Federation investigation as an existential threat looming over his presidency, and, as someone who has been accused of sexual assault by over a dozen women, he is sensitive to the fear that a powerful man's career could be ruined by a single accusation, the president's associates have said.
"A classmate of Ramirez's, who declined to be identified because of the partisan battle over Kavanaugh's nomination, said that another student told him about the incident either on the night of the party or in the next day or two".
"I think he was capable" does not equal "He did it", any more than "He was boorish about female acquaintances in his yearbook" equals "He tried to rape Ford".
"So Kavanaugh gets confirmed to the Supreme Court, OK?"
Grassley spokesman Taylor Foy accused Democrats of withholding information about allegations for political reasons but said the committee will "attempt to evaluate these new claims". And I want to make it perfectly clear, Judge Kavanaugh will be voted on here on the Senate floor.