Kavanaugh blasts Democrats for seeking to 'destroy my good name'

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denied the sexual allegations multiple women have raised against him in heated, forceful testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

“I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process,” he said at high volume, his brow furrowed.

“You’ve tried hard, you’ve given it your all, no one can question your effort. Your coordinated and well-funded effort to destroy my good name and destroy my family will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out,” he said in comments directed at Democrats on the panel.


Though he did not name her specifically, he accused Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Pelosi, Mnuchin push stimulus talks forward, McConnell applies brakes MORE (D-Calif.) of strategically holding on to the first allegation of sexual assault against him to derail his confirmation.

He said the accusations against him have destroyed his family and his good name, a good name he said he built through decades of hard work and service in the American government.

“The last few weeks have been an orchestrated political hit fueled by pent up anger against President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE 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.

As Kavanaugh grew increasingly emotional, it appeared to start having an effect on Republican senators who looked at him intently with furrowed brows and frowns.

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's Campaign Report: Obama to hit the campaign trail l Biden's eye-popping cash advantage l New battleground polls favor Biden Quinnipiac poll finds Biden, Trump tied in Texas Biden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver MORE (R-Texas) blinked and bit his lips as Kavanaugh started to choke up as he talked about his female friends in high school who remain close with him to this day.

Cornyn’s eyes appeared to mist up and he took several sips from a glass of water in front of him. When Kavanaugh finished, Cornyn turned to Graham, who was sitting next to him, exhaled deeply and raised his eyebrows with empathy.

Democrats appeared much less moved by the testimony.

Several Democratic senators looked at Kavanaugh skeptically, and some leaned on their hands as they listened to his statement.  

The lawmakers' attention appeared to wander as Kavanaugh went on at length about his high-school calendar, which doesn’t make any reference to a party such as Ford has described. Grassley at one point started to look down at his iPhone before putting it back in his pocket. Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseHillicon Valley: Threatening emails raise election concerns | Quibi folds after raising nearly B | Trump signs law making it a crime to hack voting systems Trump signs legislation making hacking voting systems a federal crime Congress must repeal tax breaks for the wealthy passed in CARES Act MORE (D-R.I.) conferred with staff sitting behind the dais while Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisObama to campaign for Biden in Florida Biden appears on Brené Brown's podcast to discuss 'empathy, unity and courage' The Hill's Campaign Report: Obama to hit the campaign trail l Biden's eye-popping cash advantage l New battleground polls favor Biden MORE (D-Calif.) leafed through some papers.

Kavanaugh’s testimony Thursday started off starkly different from the tearful interview he gave Fox News earlier this week during which he denied the accusations of sexual assault.  

“I’m not questioning that Dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time, but I have never done this to her or to anyone that’s not who I am, it’s not who I was,” he said. “I am innocent of this charge.”

But Kavanaugh got very emotional when he said his daughter suggested to his wife that they pray for Ford.

“Little Liza all of 10 years old said to Ashley we should pray for the woman,” he said beginning to cry. “It’s a lot of wisdom from a 10-year-old. We mean no ill-will.” 

He then struggled through the rest of his testimony, stopping several times to sip water, as he talked about how he and his friends have cringed looking back in media reports at what was written in their high school yearbooks.