Kavanaugh says he's willing to testify on woman's allegation

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Monday said he is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee against a woman's charge that he sexually assaulted her in high school.
 
Kavanaugh in a new statement called the woman's accusation a "completely false allegation."
 
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“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone," Kavanaugh said. "Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday."

The federal judge said he would speak to the Judiciary panel "in any way the committee deems appropriate" in order to "defend my integrity."

Kavanaugh was spotted by television cameras walking to the White House shortly before his statement was released. 
It is the latest sign the White House is digging in as his nomination has been thrown into turmoil.

Christine Blasey Ford, a California-based academic, went public on Sunday with her accusation that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and tried to pull off her clothes during a high school party in the 1980s.

Ford's attorney said earlier Monday that her client is also willing to testify publicly about the charges.

Despite denials from Kavanaugh and the White House, several senators have voiced concerns about moving ahead with the nomination before hearing from Ford.

--Updated at 10:40 a.m.