- Blockbuster Senate hearing put Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his sexual-assault accused Christine Ford on a globally watched hot-seat
- Kavanaugh, who arrived hand-in-hand with his wife, gave a furious defense to claims he groped and tried to disrobe Ford during a high school party in 1982
- ‘My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed,’ he said
- Earlier today, Ford gave an emotional testimony, where she said: ‘I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified’
- She told the hearing that it was ‘absolutely not’ possible she mistook another teenage attacker for Kavanaugh
- Ford said she could remember the assault clearly because those memories ‘have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult’
- Trump will be watching the hearing to see whether his Supreme Court nominee’s performance is confident enough to match his stern written denials
Brett Kavanaugh nearly broke down in tears multiple times in a 45-minute emotional opening statement to senators on Thursday, as he angrily described the effect of the allegations against him on his family and his daughters – saying his youngest even wanted to pray for Christine Blasey Ford.
Visibly angry, he repeatedly stopped to blow his nose and drink water as he unleashed against the Democrats on the committee, accusing them of making him the victim of a smear campaign saying: ‘My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed.’
And he said he believed it was an attack not just on Donald Trump who nominated him, but in revenge for ‘the Clintons’, a reference to his work on Kenneth Starr’s investigation into Bill Clinton.
‘This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons, and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups,’ he said.
Kavanaugh choked up and took deep, heaving breaths as he talked about what his youngest daughter told his wife the night before he testified.
‘Little Liza all of 10 years of old, said to Ashley, we should pray for the woman. That’s a lot of wisdom from a 10 year old,’ he said.
Then he had to pause, choke back tears and regain his composure.
‘We mean no ill will,’ he added.
Kavanaugh was emotional again when talking about his year book. ‘For one thing, our yearbook was a disaster,’ he said, in reference to the reports of what was written in it.
‘Some people wanted the year book to be a combination of Animal House, Candy Shack and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, which were all recent movies at that time,’ he noted, adding ‘many of us went along with the yearbook to the point of absurdity.’
He added: ‘This past week my friends and I have cringed when we talked about it to each other.’
He specifically reference – without mentioning her name – Renate Schroeder, who The New York Times reported on earlier this week, noting a ‘Renate’ reference appeared 14 times in Kavanaugh’s yearbook with Kavanaugh listed as a ‘Renate Alumni.’