‘For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “unequivocally” denied an accusation of sexual misconduct, made in an undisclosed letter that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., gave to the FBI.
Feinstein suggested Kavanaugh could be guilty of sexual harassment, saying she had received information from an individual, whose identity she refused to reveal.
Kavanaugh denied the allegations, and more than 65 women who knew the nominee during high school have come forward to defend him.
“We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983. For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect,” the women wrote in a letter addressed to Feinstein and the Senate Judiciary Committee.
65 women of bipartisan backgrounds who knew Judge Kavanaugh in high school: “For the entire time we have known Brett Kavanaugh, he has behaved honorably and treated women with respect” & has “stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity” #SCOTUS https://t.co/9dT54BC2qM pic.twitter.com/5QtcPfwjX5
— Senate Judiciary (@senjudiciary) September 14, 2018
Feinstein’s accusation was a last-minute attempt to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the White House said in a statement.
“Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of ‘new information’ about him,” White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said, according to Fox News.
The letter reportedly accuses Kavanaugh of holding a woman down and trying to force himself on her during a party while he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland in the 1980s.
“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” Kavanaugh said in a statement Friday.
Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., reportedly gave the letter to Feinstein in July, but Feinstein withheld it and decided to spring it on the Supreme Court nominee right before his confirmation.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has reaffirmed that the Senate has no intention of delaying Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“Sen. Grassley is aware of Senator Feinstein’s referral,” Grassley’s communications director Taylor Foy said in a statement. “At this time, he has not seen the letter in question, and is respecting the request for confidentiality. There is no plan to change the committee’s consideration of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation.”
In their letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the women said that though they hold a “broad range of political views,” their opinion of Brett Kavanaugh as a person is unanimous.
“Through the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity. In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect,” they wrote. “That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day. The signers of this letter hold a broad range of political views. Many of us are not lawyers, but we know Brett Kavanaugh as a person. And he has always been a good person.”