The Senate Judiciary Committee has released the opening statement Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will deliver Thursday morning as part of his testimony on Capitol Hill.
In his remarks, Kavanaugh again fully denies all accusations of sexual misconduct raised against him.
"Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Members of the Committee: Eleven days ago, Dr. Ford publicly accused me of committing a serious wrong more than 36 years ago when we were both in high school. I denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically," Kavanaugh says. "The next day, I told this Committee that I wanted to testify as soon as possible, under oath, to clear my name. Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired. There has been a frenzy to come up with something—anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious—that will block a vote on my nomination. These are last-minute smears, pure and simple."
"They debase our public discourse. And the consequences extend beyond any one nomination. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination—if allowed to succeed—will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country," he continues.
You can read his full remarks below.