Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh launched an all-out bid to save his nomination Monday, blasting ‘smears’ against him and flat-out denying charges of sexual assault in a dramatic TV interview where his wife vouched for his character and ‘heart.’
Kavanaugh sat for a joint interview with Fox News alongside his wife, Ashley, where he directly took on accusations by a two women who have made explosive assault allegations against him from decades ago.
‘What I know is the truth, and the truth is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone,’ Kavanaugh told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum in an interview where the couple were seated side-by-side.
His wife said she never believed the accusations that have imperiled the nomination of her husband, an accomplished judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Court, to reach the Supreme Court.
‘No. I know Brett I’ve known him for 17 years. And this is not at all character … It’s really hard to believe. He’s decent. He’s kind. He’s good. I know his heart. This is not consistent with Brett,’ Ashley Kavanaugh said.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sat for a Fox News interview along with wife Ashley in a bid to keep his nomination from going off the tracks
‘I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone,’ Kavanaugh said in an interview broadcast Monday as he faced new accusations
The nominee who once looked to be on a clear path to confirmation pleaded: ‘A fair process at a minimum – at a bare minimum requires hearing from both sides before rushing to judgement.’
In another explosive part of the interview, Kavanaugh said he was a virgin in high school and ‘many years thereafter’ as he sought to fend off charges.
‘We’re talking about allegations of sexual assault. I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone. I did not have sexual intercourse, or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years thereafter, and the girls from the schools I went to and I were friends,’ he told MacCallum.
‘So you’re saying through all these years that are in question that you were a virgin?’ the host asked him.
‘That’s correct,’ Kavanaugh responded. ‘Never had sexual intercourse with anyone in high school?’ she followed up.
That prompted MacCallum to ask: ‘And through what years in college, since we’re probing into your personal life here?’
‘Many years after, I’ll leave it at that. Many years after.’
He also denied having had any physical or sexual contact with Ford.
‘I have never had any sexual or physical activity with Dr. Ford. I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise,’ he said.
Said Kavanaugh: ‘I have never sexually assaulted anyone. I was not at the party described. I was not anywhere at any place resembling that in the summer of 1982. The other people alleged to be there don’t say anything like that. And the woman who’s alleged to be there, who’s her friend, says that she doesn’t know me and doesn’t recall ever being at a party with me in her life.’
‘He’s decent. He’s kind. He’s good. I know his heart. This is not consistent with Brett,’ Ashley Kavanaugh said
MacCallum asked Ashley Kavanaugh whether she ever believed what her husband’s accusers were saying, and she said no.
‘No. I know Brett I’ve known him for 17 years. And this is not at all character … it’s really hard to believe. He’s decent. He’s kind. He’s good. I know his heart. This is not consistent with Brett,’ she said.
Kavanaugh also denied the accusation by Deborah Ramirez that he exposed himself to her at a Yale dorm party in college decades ago.
‘I never did any such thing – never did any such thing,’ Kavanaugh stressed.
‘The other people alleged to be there, don’t recall any such thing. If such as thing had a happened, it would’ve been the talk of campus,’ he said.
‘Again, again – just asking for a fair process where I can be heard and I can defend my integrity,’ Kavanaugh pleaded.
He did admit to being at boozy parties in high school, but not to any sexual assault.
‘Yes there were parties. And the drinking age was 18, and yes the seniors were legal and had beer there and yes people might have had too many beers on occasion … I think all of us have probably done things we’d look back on in high school and regret or cringe about – but that’s not what we’re talking about,’ Kavanaugh said.
‘I’m not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process,’ he vowed. ‘I have faith in god and I have faith in the fairness of the American people … I didn’t do this or anything resembling this. These are – this is wrong.’
Kavanaugh firmly rejected a claim by Stormy Daniels lawyer, who says he represents an accuser who says Kavanaugh and a friend would ply women with drugs and alcohol and that a ‘train’ of men would ‘gang’ rape women at parties.
‘That’s totally false and outrageous,’ he said.
‘I’ve never done any such thing, known about any such thing. When I was in high school – and I went to an all boys catholic high school, a jesuit high school, where I was focused on academics and athletics, going to church every Sunday at Little Flower, working on my service projects, and friendship, friendship with my fellow classmates and friendship with girls from the local all girls Catholic schools,’ he said.
Kavanaugh expressed certitude that President Trump would stand by his nomination.
‘I know he’s going to stand by me. He called me this afternoon, and he said he’s standing by me,’ Kavanaugh said, on a day when the president publicly defended him.
‘I’m a good person. I’ve led a good life. I’ve tried to a lot of good for a lot of people. I am not perfect, I know that. None of us is perfect. I’m not perfect, but I’ve never, never done anything like this,’ Kavanaugh said.
Asked simply what he thinks is happening, Kavanaugh responded: ‘I don’t know, but I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity. And I know I’m telling the truth. I know my life-long 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. America’s about fairness and hearing from both sides. And I didn’t do this or anything resembling this. This is wrong,’ he said.
Ashley Kavanaugh was asked if she could understand Ford or other women who say they have repressed a memory or felt too embarrassed to come forward.
‘I truly – I don’t understand it. I know Brett. I know who he is,’ she responded. Pressed on whether she sympathized with the idea of women who decided to share years-old accusations, she said:
‘I don’t understand – I don’t know what happened to her, and I don’t even want to go there. I feel badly for her family. I feel badly for her through this process. This process is not right.’
Brett Kavanaugh didn’t directly respond to a question about whether he wanted the FBI to investigate the accusations, as committee Democrats are calling for.
‘I mean, I’ve said all along and Ashley, too, I want to be heard. I was first interviewed last Monday, the day after the allegation appeared by the committee staff under penalty of felony, and I denied this categorically and unequivocally and I said twice during that, I said, “I want a hearing tomorrow,” last Tuesday, a week ago,’ he said.
‘I want an opportunity – a fair process. America’s about fairness, I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity and clear my name as quickly as I can in whatever forum the Senate deems appropriate,’ he said.
Kavanaugh’s virgin defense does not appear to directly deal with two claims against him. Christine Blasey Forms claimed he groped her at a party in the 1980s, while a new accuser, Deborah Ramirez, claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party at a Yale University dorm room. Kavanaugh denies both charges, though neither involved having sex.
Kavanaugh will testify in the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, as will accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges he groped and tried to rape her at a high school house party in the 1980s.
Kavanaugh took on her claims in advance of the hearing. ‘I was never at any such party. The other people who alleged to be present have said they do not remember any such party. A woman who was present, another woman who was present who was Dr. Ford’s lifelong friend has said she doesn’t know me and never remembers being at a party with me at any time in her life,’ Kavanaugh told Fox.
He defended his integrity and vowed to remain as President Trump’s nominee, where the Republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, vowed he would get a floor vote.
‘I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity and 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,’ Kavanaugh said. ‘I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people.’
As his wife looked on, responded to a question about whether they ever decided it ‘just isn’t worth it’ to press ahead by saying: ‘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.’
The besieged nominee continued: ‘My lifelong record of promoting dignity and equality for women starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old.’
His voice quivered as he vowed: ‘I’m not going anywhere.’
READ BRETT AND ASHLEY KAVANAUGH’S FULL INTERVIEW WITH FOX NEWS ON RAPE AND SEX ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS
MARTHA MACCALLUM,: Thank you both for sitting down with me today. What made you decide to speak out before the hearing on Thursday? Judge Kavanaugh?
BRETT KAVANAUGH: I am looking for a fair process, a process where I can defend my integrity and clear my name. And all I’m asking for is fairness and that I’d be heard in this process.
MACCALLUM: Ashley, what has this been like for you the past couple of weeks? I know you’ve had death threats and all kinds of things coming your way. What – how does that feel?
ASHLEY KAVANAUGH: This process is incredibly difficult. It’s harder than we imagined, and we imagined it might be hard. But at the end of the day, our faith is strong and we know that we’re on the right path. And we’re just going to stick to it, so.
MACCALLUM: So let me – let’s get in to some of these allegations, because you’ve responded to them in statements, but you haven’t had a chance to respond them – to them in a fuller way.
And Christine Ford is expected to testify on Thursday, that you at a party in high school pinned her to a bed, held your hand over her mouth. She said she was afraid that she could inadvertently (ph) be killed at that moment.
She said that you tried to take off her clothes, and she believes that you would’ve raped her if Mark Judge hadn’t climbed on top and everyone tumbled to the floor. And then she had an opportunity to get away.
Now, she doesn’t remember the date and she doesn’t remember the place. But what she does remember that I just detailed, is very specific.
And other assault victims say that they’ve had similar memories where they remembered exactly what happened but they didn’t necessarily remember the events surrounding it. You have categorically denied that this happened. Did anything happen?
KAVANAUGH: No. I had never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever. I’ve always treated women with dignity and respect.
Listen to the people who’ve known me best through my whole life, the women who have known me since high school, the 65 who overnight signed a letter from high school saying I always treated them with dignity and respect—
MACCALLUM: But was there—
KAVANAUGH: This is a—
MACCALLUM: This Christine Ford, do you know her?
KAVANAUGH: I may have met her, we did not travel in the same social circle, she was not a friend, not someone I knew—
MACCALLUM: You don’t remember ever being at parties with her ever?
KAVANAUGH: I do not. And this is an allegation about a party in the summer of 1982 at a house near Connecticut Avenue and East West highway with five people present.
I was never at any such party. The other people who are alleged to be present have said they do not remember any such party. A woman who was present, another woman who was present who is Dr. Ford’s lifelong friend has said she doesn’t know me and never remembers being at a party with me at any time in her life.
All I’m asking for is a fair process where I can be heard.
MACCALLUM: And to this date, no one has corroborated the story that she has told. As you accurately point out, but is there – so there’s no chance that there was something between the two of you that maybe she misunderstood the exchange that you had?
Nothing ever physical, you never met her, never kissed her, never touched her, nothing that you remember?
KAVANAUGH: Correct. I – I never had any sexual or physical activity with Dr, Ford. I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise—
MACCALLUM: So, where do you think this is coming from? Why would she make this up?
KAVANAUGH: What I know is the truth. And the truth is, I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise. I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone in some place. But what I know is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any time in my life —
MACCALLUM: So, when she says there’s no doubt in her mind that it was you, because she was asked that. Is it possible that you maybe confused him, maybe it’s a mistaken identity, maybe it was someone else. She said absolutely not.
KAVANAUGH: I have never sexually assaulted anyone. I was not at the party described. I was not anywhere at any place resembling that in the summer of 1982. The other people alleged to be there don’t say anything like that. And the woman who’s alleged to be there, who’s her friend, says that she doesn’t know me and doesn’t recall ever being at a party with me in her life.
MACCALLUM: Let me ask Ashley, when this came out what did you say to your husband? Did you question him and have moments where you wondered if he was telling you the truth?
ASHLEY KAVANAUGH: No. I know Brett. I’ve know him for 17 years. And this is not at all character; it’s really hard to believe. He’s decent, he’s kind, he’s good. I know his heart. This is not consistent with – with Brett.
MACCALLUM: And now over the weekend you’ve gotten new allegations. And obviously these other allegations, they say that they are standing up basically in support of Christine Ford, that they wouldn’t have come forward otherwise, but they don’t want her to be made to look like a liar. And Deborah Ramirez was a freshman at Yale. She say’s she was at a dorm party and this happened quote ‘Brett was laughing, I can still see his face and his hips coming forward like when you pull up your pants. I’m confident about the pants coming up, and I’m confident about Brett being there.’
She was initially uncertain it was you, they write in this piece, but after six days she’s confident enough, she says. Should the American people view her as credible?
KAVANAUGH: I never did any such thing – never did any such thing. The other people alleged to be there, don’t recall any such thing. If such as thing had a happened, it would’ve been the talk of campus. The women I knew in college and the men I knew in college said that it’s unconceivable that I could’ve done such a thing.
And the New York Times has reported that just last week the person making the accusation was calling other classmates saying she was not sure that I had done this. Again – again, just asking for a fair process where I can be heard and I can defend my integrity.
MACCALLUM: As you say, other Yale classmates were asked by her if they recall the incident, and told some of them that she couldn’t be certain that Mr. Kavanaugh was the one who exposed himself. So she appears to be expressing some uncertainly. Given the doubts, are you surprised that the New Yorker published this account?
KAVANAUGH: I’m not going to comment on the New Yorker’s journalistic practices. The New York Times said they could not corroborate this story and said that the person making the accusation had been calling around last week to other classmates, indicating her uncertainty about whether I had ever done such a thing.
Again, I’m just asking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity and defend my family’s integrity.
MACCALLUM: It was one roommate – I think his last name of Roche (ph) – who said, you know, that he could see this kind of thing happening, that you drink a lot in high school, drink a lot in college. And although he hadn’t seen or heard this incident himself, that it added up to him, that – that it made sense that you treated women that way.
KAVANAUGH: I’ve always treated women with dignity and respect. He does not corroborate the incident at all. The incident did not happen.
MACCALLUM: You remember him? He was your roommate?
KAVANAUGH: I do remember him.
MACCALLUM: So why do you think he would say that?
KAVANAUGH: What I know – I’m not going to speculate about motives. I know I never did that. If I had done that, it would’ve been the talk of campus, and we have the reports saying that, even as late as the few weeks, she was calling around and not certain.
What I know is I’ve always treated women with dignity and respect. Listen to the women who’ve known me my whole life. A letter from friends I knew in high school, produced overnight 65 women who knew me in high school, women I knew in college who said how I much I support their women athletics, their letter and their goals (ph).
When I worked in the Bush White House, 84 women signed a letter saying that, in the pressurized environment of the west-wing, I always treated them with equality and promoted women’s advancement –
MACCALLUM: (Inaudible) we’ve spoken to a couple of those women on our show, who signed that original letter, who stuck up for you unequivocally, that is absolutely true. And now – but now you’ve got more allegations.
So you’ve got this sort of attempt to kind of swarm a number of people who are putting at least enough doubt out there so that this process will be stymied so that it will take longer and so that they will get the investigation that they’re looking for.
Michael Avenatti says that he has significant evidence and another accuser, who claims that you and Mark Judge, at multiple house parties in the Washington D.C. area during the 1980s, would participate in the targeting of women with alcohol and drugs to allow a train of men to subsequently gang-rape them.
There are multiple witnesses that will corroborate these facts, and each of them must be called to testify publically. Did you ever participate in or where you ever aware of any gang-rape that happened at a party that you attended?
KAVANAUGH: That’s totally false and outrageous. I’ve never done any such thing, known about any such thing. When I was in high school – and I went to an all boys catholic high school, a judgment (ph) high school, where I was focused on academics and athletics, going to church every Sunday at Little Flower, working on my service projects, and friendship, friendship with my fellow classmates and friendship with girls from the local all girls Catholic schools.
And yes, there were parties. And the drinking age was 18, and yes, the seniors were legal and had beer there. And yes, people might have had too many beers on occasion and people generally in high school – I think all of us have probably done things we look back on in high school and regret or cringe a bit, but that’s not what we’re talking about.
We’re talking about an allegation of sexual assault. I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone. I did not have sexual intercourse or anything close to sexual intercourse in high school or for many years there after. And the girls from the schools I went to and I were friends —
MACCALLUM: So you’re saying that through all these years that are in question, you were a virgin?
KAVANAUGH: That’s correct.
MACCALLUM: Never had sexual intercourse with anyone in high school –
MACCALLUM: – and through what years in college since we’re probing into your personally life here?
KAVANAUGH: Many years after. I’ll leave it at that. Many years after. And the people I went to high school with, the girls and the boys, now men and women, that I went to high school with, you know, I was good friends with them and we remain good friends. That’s how 65 people on a moments notice – 65 women – 220 people total, men and women who knew me in high school.
I will say fair process, let me be heard, fair process here from both sides, and listen to me and the facts I’ve described and listen to the people who have known me throughout my life, the men and women, the women who’ve known me throughout my life who’ve known me best.
And in my job as a judge for 12 years I’ve been promoting women’s equality. There was a problem with women law clerks getting hired at the Supreme Court. I am the leading federal judge in the country – the leader in the entire country of promoting women law clerks to get Supreme Court clerkships. For the last seven years, I’ve been coaching girl’s basketball. Ask the moms.
MACCALLUM: So what do you think is happening? What’s happening?
KAVANAUGH: I don’t know, but I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity. And I know I’m telling the truth. I know my life-long 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. America’s about fairness and hearing from both sides. And I didn’t do this or anything resembling this. This is wrong.
MACCALLUM: Sir, you are going to be pressed on something that you just said about people do things in high school, and you were all drinking, were there times when perhaps you drank so much – was there ever a time that you drank so much that you couldn’t remember what happened the night before?
KAVANAUGH: No, that never happened.
MACCALLUM: You never said to anyone, ‘I don’t remember anything about last night.’
KAVANAUGH: No, that did not happen.
MACCALLUM: Did you ever have any sense that any kind of – the description of the behavior that I just described with these women being taken into rooms and raped or having sex with a number of men consensual or otherwise that that was going on at the parties that you were at?
KAVANAUGH: I never saw any such thing, any such thing. I certainly never participated in any such thing — but I never saw or heard of any such thing. And we were – I was focused on trying to be number one in my class and being captain of the varsity basketball team and doing my service projects, going to church.
The vast majority of the time I spent in high school was studying or focused on sports and being a good friend to the boys and the girls that I was friends with. We have these great, life-long friendships that are fantastic, and supporting each other through the ups and downs of life, and, you know, they’re an awesome group of people.
MACCALLUM: So Ashley, when you hear women say that they’ve repressed a memory that they’ve been struggling with their whole life, they never wanted to say anything, they were embarrassed to even tell their parents or their friends what had happened, but years later in this situation Christine Ford says, you know, ‘I felt that I wanted to submit what I knew about Brett Kavanaugh into his file because I did hear that we was up for this very important position and I wanted to make sure that my story was in there. I didn’t want to come forward, but I wanted to make sure that they had that information,’ because she felt it was really important that they know.
ASHLEY KAVANAUGH: I truly – I don’t understand it. I know Brett. I know who he is.
MCCALLUM: But do you sympathize with the idea that some women would suppress a memory or wouldn’t want to share it or would not be able to talk about it until many years later?
ASHLEY KAVANAUGH: I don’t understand – I don’t know what happened to her, and I don’t even want to go there. I feel badly for her family. I feel badly for her through this process. This process is not right.
MCCALLUM: Do you believe there should be an FBI investigation into these allegations and that a pause should happen and, you know, sort it all out? If there’s nothing to worry about and nothing to hide, why not have that process, Ashley? And then I’ll ask you that, Brett.
KAVANAUGH: I mean, I’ve said all along and Ashley, too, I want to be heard. I was first interviewed last Monday, the day after the allegation appeared by the committee staff under penalty of felony, and I denied this categorically and unequivocally and I said twice during that, I said, ‘I want a hearing tomorrow,’ last Tuesday, a week ago.
I want an opportunity – a fair process. America’s about fairness, I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity and clear my name as quickly as I can in whatever forum the Senate deems appropriate.
MACCALLUM: When you hear senators who are on the committee – Senator Mazie Hirono and then you hear from others, you know, the New York Senator Gillibrand, she says, ‘I believe this woman. I believe all of them. They’re credible, and we all have to believe them.’
When you hear United States Senators who are making judgments, final judgments, what does that make you think about the presumption of innocence in this country?
KAVANUGH: In America, we have fairness. We hear from both sides. I’ve spent my life in the judiciary, the – our judicial system, and part of the judicial systems as I’ve said during my first – my hearing was process protectium (ph). That’s what judges believe that’s what our system was built on, the rule of law, about fair process.
MACCALLUM: Do you feel unprotected by the process?
KAVANAUGH: Fair process means hearing from both sides, and I think the process – I want to have an opportunity to defend my integrity and clear my name and have a fair process. A fair process at a minimum – at a bare minimum requires hearing from both sides before rushing –
MACCALLUM: Right. Let me ask you this. Separately from these allegations, is it fair to judge someone on something they did before they were 18-years-old? When they were 17-years-old, should anything they did then follow them later in life or should it enter into any decisions made about them later in life?
KAVANUGH: What I’m here to do is tell you the truth, and this allegation from 36 years ago is not –
MACCALLUM: But separately from what you’re being accused of just as a judge, if you were looking at this case as a part of what you’re going through and someone said, ‘This person did that at 17-years-old,’ is it fair to judge them on something that when they’re in their 50s, 60s year old?
KAVANAUGH: I think everyone is judged on their whole life. I’m a good person. I’ve led a good life. I’ve tried to a lot of good for a lot of people. I am not perfect, I know that. None of us is perfect. I’m not perfect, but I’ve never, never done anything like this.
MACCALLUM: So in terms of the process now and what happens now, when you look at how all of this — where all this generated from, do you have thoughts? Is this about Roe v. Wade? Is this about people who initially right off the bat, said they wanted to see you never take the spot on the Supreme Court? Where’s all this coming from?
KAVANAUGH: I just want a fair process where I can be heard.
MACCALLUM: You don’t have any thoughts on what’s – where this is coming from?
KAVANAUGH: I just want a fair process where I can be heard, defend my integrity, defend the integrity of my family. I’ve – I’m telling the truth.
MACCALLUM: You don’t want to talk about where you think this is coming from?
KAVANAUGH: I just want an opportunity, a fair process where I can defend my integrity.
MACCALLUM: All right. Ashley how’s this spin for the girls, for your family? What have you guys — give us what ever window you feel comfortable saying about what this has been like for you as a family?
ASHLEY KAVANAUGH: This – it’s very difficult. It’s very difficult these conversations with your children, which we’ve had to have some broader terms for our youngest. But they know Brett. And they know the truth. And we told them at the very beginning of this process this will be not fun sometimes. You’re going to hear things that, people feel strongly, and you need to know that. And just remember you know your dad.
MACCALLUM: Did you guys ever look at each other and say ‘I’m out, this is enough. This just isn’t worth it’?
KAVANAUGH: 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 the — my integrity, my life long record – my life long record of promoting dignity and equality, starting with the woman who knew me when I was 14 years old. I’m not going anywhere.
MACCALLUM: Do you believe that President Trump is going to stand by you through out?
KAVANAUGH: I know he’s going to stand by me. He called me this afternoon, and he said he’s standing by me.
MACCALLUM: All right. Thank you both very much. Good to speak with you today. Thanks for taking the time.
ASHLEY KAVANAUGH: Thank you.
Ashley Kavanaugh also spoke of the toll on her family.
‘It’s very difficult these conversations with your children, which we’ve had to have some broader terms for our youngest. But they know Brett. And they know the truth. And we told them at the very beginning of this process this will be not fun sometimes. You’re going to hear things that, people feel strongly, and you need to know that. And just remember you know your dad,’ she said.
Kavanaugh fired back earlier Monday against what he called ‘smears’ against him and claimed to be the victim of an organized effort to spike his lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court.
Kavanaugh’s furious pushback came in the former of a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, released by the White House as the number of accusations against him for improper conduct or sexual assault grew to as many as four.
‘Last night, another false and uncorroborated accusation from 35 years ago was published. 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 said in a letter Monday.
The embattled Kavanaugh’s language was echoed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who took to the Senate floor to blast ‘smears’ against a nominee he is hurrying to try to get seated on the high court in advance of the November elections.
Montgomery County investigators are aware of an anonymous witness who has made allegations about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh dating to his senior year in high school. On Sunday, following allegations by a woman who claims he exposed himself to her at a Yale University party, Kavanaugh released a statement saying: ‘This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple’
McConnell called it ‘a smear campaign, pure and simple, aided and abetted by members of the United States Senate.’
‘I want to make it perfectly clear … Judge Kavanaugh will be voted on here on the Senate floor, up or down, on the Senate floor.’ He said it would occur ‘ in the near future.’
In yet another sign of the combative stance in the face of escalating accusations, Kavanaugh scheduled a sit-down interview on conservative Fox News with host Martha MacCallum Monday evening alongside his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh.
As the accusations mounted, Kavanaugh Kavanaugh scheduled a sit-down interview on conservative Fox News with host Martha MacCallum Monday evening alongside his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh. Here Kavanaugh (C) kisses his daughter Margaret as he is joined by his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh and daughter Liza, after President Donald Trump (R) nominated him
Ashley Estes Kavanaugh will defend her husband on the conservative Fox network after his nomination was thrown into turmoil by assault allegations
The pushback came after a report that an anonymous witness has come forward to investigators in Montgomery County, Maryland with additional allegations about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The witness brings to four the number the of accusers claiming to have experienced or seen conduct by President Trump’s nominee decades ago – with claims ranging from alleged groping and attempted rape to allegedly exposing himself at a party.
Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti, who says he represents a client with additional stunning new allegations about Kavanaugh, tells DailyMail.com his client is not the anonymous witness referenced in a report about the new Montgomery County accuser.
Investigators in the populous county outside Washington where Kavanaugh attended prep school said the anonymous accuser contacted investigators over the weekend.
They are looking into the allegations, the
‘SMEARS’: Kavanaugh blasted the latest charges as ‘smears, pure and simple’
Kavanaugh wrote that he would not be ‘intimidated into withdrawing’ his nomination and said ‘vile threats’ against his family ‘will not drive me out’
However, the chief of the Montgomery County Police said he and his chief investigators didn’t have any knowledge of new allegations.
The tip brings the total of Kavanaugh accusers to as many as four – with two separate alleged incidents being looked at in Montgomery County, where Kavanaugh lived in the 1980s and attended high school.
The authorities in Montgomery County are also assessing whether they would be the appropriate venue for charges by Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges that Kavanaugh tried to grope and rape her at a party while he was attending Georgetown Prep high school.
It is unclear from her account whether the party occurred in Maryland or just over the border in Washington, D.C. ‘There is no forensic evidence, there is a question of where it occurred and when and who was around. But we will do what we can if we are called upon to do it,’ a police investigator told the paper.
The Montgomery County Police Department released a statement denying a request for a ‘criminal investigation.’
‘At this time, the Montgomery County Police Department has not received a request by any alleged victim nor a victim’s attorney to initiate a police report or a criminal investigation regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh,’ according to the statement.
‘The Department recognizes that victims of sexual assault may not want to involve law enforcement and/or initiate a criminal investigation, and we respect that position. The Department, however, stands prepared to assist anyone who reports being the victim of a sexual assault,’ the statement continued. ‘Typically, in a sexual assault case, the cooperation of the victim or witnesses is necessary. As with any criminal investigation, a determination must be made as to the jurisdiction where the alleged offense occurred and the specific details of the event to establish a potential criminal charge.’
‘Our Department is ready to investigate any claim of sexual assault that is alleged to have occurred within our County,’ the police statement concluded.
The department’s chief, J. Thomas Manger, told the
The news of the potential probe comes just a day after it was revealed that Deborah Ramirez is claiming Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at dorm party at Yale University during their freshman year in college.
Avenatti on Sunday night said he is representing a woman with allegations about Kavanaugh. She claims to have witnessed drunken house parties in the 80s where Kavanaugh and a friend would allegedly ply women with alcohol and drugs ‘in order to allow a ‘train’ of men to subsequently gang rape them.’
Avenatti wrote the Senate Judiciary Committee about the allegations, and immediately vouched for his client’s credibility online.
‘My client re Kavanaugh has previously done work within the State Dept, U.S. Mint, & DOJ. She has been granted multiple security clearances in the past including Public Trust & Secret. The GOP and others better be very careful in trying to suggest that she is not credible,’ he warned.
He also tweeted that he represents a woman ‘with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge’ – Kavanaugh’s high school friend who wrote a book about his booze-filled high school days.
Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels, has made shocking claims that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and other men would ply women with alcohol or drugs at house parties and then allow men to ‘gang rape’ them
‘We are prepared to investigate if the victim wants to report to us, and we can determine it occurred in the county,’ Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger told the publication.
Kavanaugh issued a defiant letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee blasting and denying the allegations against him.
‘These are smears, pure and simple. And they debase our public discourse,’ he wrote.
‘The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. The last minute character assassination will not succeed,’ he added, referencing threats against family members that the panel chairman had earlier alluded to.
Kavanaugh also stated that he would not withdraw.
‘As I told the Committee during my hearing, a federal judge must be independent, not swayed by public or political pressure. That is the kind of judge I will always be. I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process,’ Kavanaugh wrote.
Avenatti lobbed an additional charge Monday at under-fire Brett Kavanaugh dredged from the Supreme Court nominee’s high school yearbook – asking senators to investigate whether he bragged of a threesome.
Avenatti demanded Kavanaugh be asked about a yearbook entry that says: ‘FFFFFFFourth of July’ – and Avenatti, who says he now represents a client with a sensational charge against Kavanaugh, believes he has cracked the teen code.
Kavanaugh is facing allegations from two women, including Christine Ford, who claims he groped her and covered her mouth during a drunken house party while both were high school students. Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, claims Kavnaugh exposed himself to her at a Yale party. Kavanaugh denies both charges.
Describing the yearbook entry, Avenatti wrote: ‘We believe that this stands for: Find them, French them, Feel them, Finger them, F*ck them, Forget them.’
Avenatti pointed to a yearbook entry that references ‘FFFFFFFourth of July’ and ‘Devil’s Triangle’
The high-profile attorney also asked that the high court nominee be asked about the term ‘Devil’s Triangle,’ a term that also shows up in the yearbook entry.
‘Perhaps Sen. Grassley can ask him,’ Avenatti concluded, referencing the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, without elaborating on what he thinks the term refers to.
Avenatti also referenced the yearbook entry in an email to a lawyer with the Senate Judiciary Committee majority.
‘We have reason to believe that (1) the first entry stands for Find them, French them, Finger them, F**k them, and Forget them and (2) the second entry – ‘Devil’s triangle’ – ‘refers to a situation where two men engage in sex with a woman at the same time, which is consistent with the allegations in my email of yesterday. We request that Mr. Kavanaugh provide an answer as why these entries were made and what they stand for,’ Avenatti wrote.
He emailed that a similar entry was made for Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge, who Chrstine Ford claims was present during the alleged high school assault, and who Avenatti as well as Judiciary Committee Democrats want to call to testify.
The same yearbook entry also puts Kavanaugh in the ‘Beach Week Ralph Club,’ a possible reference to vomiting during a trips to nearby beaches common among teens in the well-to-do suburb where Kavanaugh grew up.
It also states: ‘Rehobeth Police Fan Club (with Shorty),’ a reference to a Delaware beach community near Washington, D.C., and ‘Keg City Club (Treasurer).’
Lawyer Michael Avenatti is demanding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh be asked questions about an entry in his high school yearbook, including one that referenced the ‘FFFFFFFourth of July’
‘Brett Kavanaugh must also be asked about this entry in his yearbook,’ Kavanaugh wrote, as he raised the issue of the ‘FFFFFFFourth of July’ tweet.
He concluded with his signature ‘#Basta,’ which means ‘enough’ in Spanish.
Avenatti pointed to the yearbook after making the shocking claims that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and other men would ply women with alcohol or drugs at house parties and then allow men to ‘gang rape’ them.
In an email to Mike Davis, the Chief Counsel for Nominations, Avenatti says he has ‘significant evidence’ of house parties in Washington D.C. during the early 1980s ‘during which Kavanaugh, Mark Judge and others would participate in the targeting of women’.
‘KEG CITY’: The same yearbook entry also puts Kavanaugh in the ‘Beach Week Ralph Club and the ‘Rehobeth Police Fan Club (with Shorty),’ as well as the ‘Keg City Club (Treasurer)’ while mentioning ‘100 kegs or Bust’
He said they would use ‘alcohol’ or ‘drugs’ to allow a ‘train’ of men to subsequently gang rape them.
Avenatti claims there are ‘multiple witnesses that will corroborate these facts and each of them must be called to testify publicly’.
In a tweet with a screenshot of the email, he wrote: ‘We demand that this process be thorough, open and fair, which is what the American public deserves. It must not be rushed and evidence/witnesses must not be hidden.’
Neither Kavanaugh or Judge have responded to Avenatti’s latest allegations. Avenatti also hasn’t named any specific witnesses or accusers.
Earlier in the evening, the lawyer tweeted: ‘I represent a woman with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge.’
He also vouched for his client’s credibility.
‘Warning: My client re Kavanaugh has previously done work within the State Dept, U.S. Mint, & DOJ. She has been granted multiple security clearances in the past including Public Trust & Secret. The GOP and others better be very careful in trying to suggest that she is not credible,’ Avenatti wrote.
‘I represent a woman with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge,’ the attorney tweeted on Sunday
His announcement came just hours before the New Yorker published the latest sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh by Deborah Ramirez. However, he revealed that she is not his client
‘We will be demanding the opportunity to present testimony to the committee and will likewise be demanding that Judge and others be subpoenaed to testify.
‘The nomination must be withdrawn.’
The claims in the email appeared to draw parallels to a piece published earlier on Sunday evening in the
The article by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayor contained a second sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh by Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez.
However, Avenatti tweeted: ‘My client is not Deborah Ramirez.’
Ramirez claims that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and ‘made her touch his penis without consent’ at a Yale dorm party 35 years ago. Avenatti said Ramirez is not his client.
Kavanaugh strongly denies Ramirez’s claims. He released a statement on Sunday night saying: ‘This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple.
‘I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name–and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building–against these last-minute allegations.’
In the article, Elizabeth Rasor told the New Yorker that she dated Judge for three years after meeting at Catholic University and felt ‘morally obligated’ to challenge his account that ‘no horseplay’ took place at Georgetown Prep with women.
‘I cannot stand by and watch him lie’, he said. ‘Mark told me a very different story’.
She claims that Judge described an incident that involved him and other boys taking turns having sex with a drunk woman, and Judge seemed to ‘regard it as fully consensual’.
Rasor told the New Yorker that Judge did not name other people involved, meaning she had no knowledge the Kavanaugh participated in what Judge described.
The White House also backed their candidate in a statement on Sunday that read: ‘This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man.
‘This claim is denied by all who were said to be present and is wholly inconsistent with what many women and men who knew Judge Kavanaugh at the time in college say. The White House stands firmly behind Judge Kavanaugh.’
After Ramirez’s allegations were published, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein, sought the ‘immediate postponement’ of any further action in the nomination process.
Judge is the man who went to high school with Kavanaugh.
He is alleged to have witnessed Kavanaugh sexually assault Christine Blasey Ford, a professor from California.
Ford’s allegations are threatening to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination to the highest court in the land.
In an email to Mike Davis, the Chief Counsel for Nominations, Avenatti says he has ‘significant evidence’ of house parties in Washington D.C. during the early 1980s ‘during which Kavanaugh, Mark Judge (above) and others would participate in the targeting of women’
Ramirez told The New Yorker that she attended the New Haven, Connecticut-based Ivy League school where she studied studied sociology and psychology.
After graduating from college, she says she worked for an organization aimed at helping victims of domestic violence.
Ramirez acknowledged to The New Yorker that she hesitated to come forward. She said she, too, had been drinking during the alleged incident.
She claims the incident took place during her and Kavanaugh’s freshman year at Yale.
Ramirez said she was invited by a friend on the women’s soccer team to a dorm room party.
The party took place in a room at Lawrance Hall, a student residence hall located in Yale’s Old Campus.
Ramirez recalls that the students at the party were taking part in a drinking game.
‘We were sitting in a circle,’ she said. ‘People would pick who drank.’
She recalls being picked repeatedly, which meant drinking large amounts of alcohol in a relatively short time.
Ramirez said she got drunk very fast.
She alleges that another male student used a ‘gag plastic penis’ which was pointed in her direction.
Soon afterward, Ramirez recalls being on the floor and slurring her words.
She then says another male exposed himself to her.
‘I remember a penis being in front of my face,’ Ramirez said.
‘I knew that’s not what I wanted, even in that state of mind.’
Deborah Ramirez (seen far left with her mother and her sister, Denise), 53, a resident of Colorado who attended Yale with Kavanaugh, said that the Supreme Court nominee got drunk at a dorm party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent
Ramirez told The New Yorker that she attended the New Haven, Connecticut-based Ivy League school where she studied studied sociology and psychology. Ramirez is seen left with her sister, Denise
At that moment, Ramirez said she commented: ‘That’s not a real penis.’
She said that the other students began laughing at her and taunting her.
One of the students allegedly told her to ‘kiss it.’
She said she pushed the person away, forcing her to touch it.
Ramirez said she was unnerved by what happened, particularly given her religious upbringing as a devout Catholic from Connecticut.
‘I wasn’t going to touch a penis until I was married,’ she said.
‘I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated.’
Ramirez said she remembers Kavanaugh standing to her right and laughing as he pulled up his pants.
‘Brett was laughing,’ she said.
‘I can still see his face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your pants.’
Ramirez said she remembers another student talking about the incident.
‘Somebody yelled down the hall, ‘Brett Kavanaugh just put his penis in Debbie’s face’,’ she said.
‘It was his full name. I don’t think it was just ‘Brett.’
‘And I remember hearing and being mortified that this was out there.’
Ramirez acknowledges that there are ‘gaps in her memory,’ according to The New Yorker, particularly given the fact that she was intoxicated.
But she says she’s confident it was Kavanaugh who exposed his genitalia to her that night.
She said: ‘I’m confident about the pants coming up, and I’m confident about Brett being there.’
Ramirez said her most vivid memory from that incident was the laughter from Kavanaugh and the other students at her expense.
‘It was kind of a joke,’ she recalled. ‘And now it’s clear to me it wasn’t a joke.’
Ramirez declined to name the other two males involved in the incident.
One of the male students who was alleged to have been egging Kavanaugh on told The New Yorker that he doesn’t remember the judge exposing himself to Ramirez.
‘I don’t think Brett would flash himself to Debbie, or anyone, for that matter,’ he said.
A group of Yale classmates alleged to have been involved in the incident have come out with a statement in support of Kavanaugh.
Two of the male classmates involved in the incident who were named by Ramirez released a statement disputing her account.
Ramirez’s allegations bear similarity to those of Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who claims that when she was 15, she was assaulted by then-17-year-old Kavanaugh when he was drunk while egged on by a male friend
That statement was supported by the wife of a third male student that Ramirez said was involved as well as three other classmates – Dino Ewing, Louisa Garry, and Dan Murphy.
‘We were the people closest to Brett Kavanaugh during his first year at Yale,’ the statement read.
‘He was a roommate to some of us, and we spent a great deal of time with him, including in the dorm where this incident allegedly took place.
‘Some of us were also friends with Debbie Ramirez during and after her time at Yale.
‘We can say with confidence that if the incident Debbie alleges ever occurred, we would have seen or heard about it – and we did not.
‘The behavior she describes would be completely out of character for Brett.
‘In addition, some of us knew Debbie long after Yale, and she never described this incident until Brett’s Supreme Court nomination was pending.
‘Editors from the New Yorker contacted some of us because we are the people who would know the truth, and we told them that we never saw or heard about this.’
The wife of the third male student named by Ramirez said she and Ramirez were close friends during their days at Yale and that this incident was never mentioned.
‘This is a woman I was best friends with,’ she said.