A defiant Brett Kavanaugh, US President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, angrily denied sexual assault allegations on Thursday and condemned his bitter Senate confirmation process as a "national disgrace". "Here's my understanding, if you lived a good life people would recognize it". "I'm here today to tell the truth". "God, I hope you never get it. Not in high school, not in college, not ever". "Judge Kavanaugh continues to enjoy a legal presumption of innocence, but the standard for a nominee to the Supreme Court is far higher; there is no presumption of confirmability".
Thursday's searing and lengthy hearing has not changed Republicans' confirmation timeline.
"You may defeat me in the final vote, but you'll never get me to quit", Kavanaugh said. All but one senator - Sen.
The ABA also came up during Lindsey Graham's red-faced rant about the injustices perpetrated against Kavanaugh. "This brings back so much pain", she said. Both told their stories to the Senate Judiciary Committee during a almost nine-hour-long hearing.
For his part, Kavanaugh testified he was "100 per cent certain" the alleged incident did not occur.
Kavanaugh testified Thursday to the Senate Judiciary Committee over an allegation of sexual assault when he was in high school.
Doug Jones. The first Democratic senator elected from Alabama in over 20 years, he must show he can be independent-minded to stay in office. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) looked deeply skeptical at the line of questioning.
Ford gave a straightforward response when Sen.
"Have you?" countered Kavanaugh.
But he became visibly evasive when Democratic lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee asked him two pointed questions: would Kavanaugh be in favor of Judge testifying before the committee, and would he ask the White House to order the FBI to investigate the claims against him?
The sensitive atmosphere of the room changed sharply nearly immediately when Kavanaugh sat down at the witness table.
Trump says he would have pushed Kavanaugh through
Republicans have derided Ms Ford's allegation as part of a smear campaign and a Democratic plot to sink Mr Kavanaugh's nomination. In his written testimony, Kavanaugh claims he engaged in "juvenile misbehavior" but at no point did he commit sexual assault.
His 45-minute statement was not only a defense of his character and an emphatic denial of the allegations he's faced, but an enraged, nearly uncontrolled indictment of the contentious confirmation process that he had undergone since July.
Regardless of whether he is confirmed, Kavanaugh said, they have already done that. "Fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record". "The consequences will be us for decades".
Kavanaugh slammed what he called a "grotesque and coordinated character assassination" and a "calculated and orchestrated political hit".
Republicans are pushing to seat Kavanaugh before the November midterms, when Senate control could fall to the Democrats and a replacement Trump nominee could have even greater difficulty.
"My family and my name have been permanently destroyed by vicious and false accusations", Kavanaugh said.
It wasn't just Kavanaugh who had pent-up frustrations to unleash.
Judge Kavanaugh has yet to respond formally to this specific allegation. "I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me".
Turning toward his end of the dais - and seemingly toward the wavering Sen. Whether Mitchell was seeking to undermine or cast doubt on that claim was unclear.
And the openly undecided one - Flake - indicated that he may never be fully comfortable with what he ultimately decides.
Mitchell continued: "Dr. Ford, do you expect the price of that polygraph to be passed on to you?"