Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh defended himself against new allegations of sexual assault in a letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, calling the accusations “smears.”
“The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out,” Kavanaugh said in a letter addressed to Judiciary Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Diane Feinstein, the ranking member on the committee. “The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. The last-minute character assassination will not succeed.”
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On Sunday night, The New Yorker’s Ronnan Farrow published an account by Deborah Ramirez, who alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a drunken party while they were both students at Yale University. In its own reporting of Farrow’s story, The New York Times stated that it was devoid of any secondary sources who could corroborate the events as Ramirez described them. The New York Times stated that their own reporters were unable to find a single eyewitness who was at the party or remembers the incident.
Ramirez’s allegations come off the heels of Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed at a drunken party and covered her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream, while they were both minors and in high school. Ford’s allegations have thus far been uncorroborated by any evidence, aside from six-year-old notes from a couples therapy session which are inconsistent with her story and do not name Kavanaugh.
A hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee during which Ford will take the stand and testify against Kavanaugh is slated for Thursday.
Kavanaugh stressed in the letter that the accusations made against him are part of a larger political agenda, which could weaken the pool of candidates willing to serve in public life for fear that they will face accusations like the ones he is facing.
“These are smears, pure and simple,” Kavanaugh said of the accusations. “And they debase our public discourse. But they are also a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our country. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination—if allowed to succeed—will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from service.”