“What I know is the truth, and the truth is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise,” Kavanaugh responded…
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) On “The Story” with Martha MacCallum, Judge Brett Kavanaugh — President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court — responded to the sexual assault allegation from Christine Blasey Ford.
Kavanaugh denied both accusations in a written statement, but his appearance on Fox News on Sept. 24 marked his first in-person rebuttal.
MacCallum recounted the accusation against Kavanaugh and asked him, “Did anything happen?”
“No, I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone — not in high school, not ever,” Kavanaugh said. “I’ve always treated women with dignity and respect. Listen to the people who’ve known me best through my whole life, the women who’ve known me since high school, the 65 who overnight signed a letter from high school saying I always treated them with dignity and respect.”
MacCallum asked Kavanaugh if he knew Christine Ford.
“I may have met her,” he said. “We did not travel in the same social circles. She was not a friend, not someone I knew.”
He added that he did not remember ever being at parties with her.
“I was never at any such party. The other people who were alleged to be present have said they do not remember any such party,” Kavanaugh said. “Another woman who was present, who is Dr. Ford’s lifelong friend, has said she doesn’t know me and never remembers being at a party with me at any time in her life. All I’m asking for is a fair process where I can be heard.”
MacCallum asked why Ford “would make this up.”
“What I know is the truth, and the truth is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise,” Kavanaugh responded. “I am not questioning and have not questioned that perhaps Dr. Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted by someone at some place, but what I know is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone.”
MacCallum asked Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, the judge’s wife, if she “wondered if he was telling you the truth.”
“No, I know Brett. I’ve known him for 17 years. It’s hard to believe. He’s decent. He’s kind. He’s good. I know his heart. This is not consistent with Brett,” Ashley Kavanaugh said.
MacCallum then asked him about the second allegation that emerged on Sept. 23, in which Deborah Ramirez claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a Yale dorm party.
“I never did any such thing,” Kavanaugh said. “The other people alleged to be there don’t recall any such thing. If such a thing had happened, it would have been the talk of campus. The women I knew in college and the men I knew in college said it’s inconceivable that I could’ve done such a thing. And the New York Times has reported that just last week the person making the accusation was calling other classmates, saying she was not sure that I had done this.”
Kavanaugh admitted to attending parties but again denied criminal behavior.
“Yes, there were parties and the drinking age was 18 and yes, the seniors were legal and had beer there,” he said. “And yes, people might have had too many beers on occasion. I think all of us have probably done things we look back on in high school and regret or cringe a bit. But that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about an allegation of sexual assault. I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone.”
He expressed optimism for the process moving forward.
“I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity, and I know I’m telling the truth,” Kavanaugh said. “I know my lifelong record and I’m not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process. I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people.”
Watch the full interview: