Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is standing firm after a previously unnamed woman publicly stepped forward Sunday with sexual assault allegations from three decades ago.
“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone," Kavanaugh released in a statement Monday. "Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.
"I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity,” he continued.
The White House is also backing Kavanaugh and believes Christine Blasey Ford, the woman making the accusations, should testify under oath.
Blasey Ford says she is willing to do so.
Would your client be willing to testify under oath?— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) September 17, 2018
"My client will do whatever is necessary to make sure that the Senate Judiciary Committee has the full story...to allow them to make a full informed decision," says Debra Katz pic.twitter.com/z2q8JPCQmL
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said yesterday Kavanaugh's confirmation vote will continue as planned on Thursday.
“It’s disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote after Democrats sat on them since July. If Ranking Member Feinstein and other Committee Democrats took this claim seriously, they should have brought it to the full Committee’s attention much earlier. Instead, they said nothing during two joint phone calls with the nominee in August, four days of lengthy public hearings, a closed session for all committee members with the nominee where sensitive topics can be discussed and in more than 1,300 written questions,” Grassley’s office released in a statement Sunday afternoon. “Sixty-five senators met individually with Judge Kavanaugh during a nearly two-month period before the hearing began, yet Feinstein didn’t share this with her colleagues ahead of many of those discussions.”