Judge Brett Kavanaugh indicated Monday that he is willing to return to the Senate to testify about newly surfaced allegations that he sexually assaulted and attempted to rape a girl when he was in high school, even as he called the allegation “completely false.”
The new statement comes after Christine Blasey Ford came forward on Sunday to publicly accuse Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while they were in high school. The contents of a private letter she’d written about the event to her congresswoman had earlier leaked to the public. On Monday morning, her attorney said she’s be willing to testify to the Senate.
Kavanaugh was spotted at the White House Monday by CNN.
🚨🚨🚨 Brett Kavanaugh has just arrived at the White House.
— Allie Malloy (@AlliemalCNN) September 17, 2018
It remains to be seen whether Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans will agree to delay a planned Thursday vote to move Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate floor — or whether Kavanaugh and Ford will be brought back to testify in public in front of the committee. Committe Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has indicated the committee is full steam ahead, though some other Senate Republicans have begun to make noises that it should be delayed and that Ford and Kavanaugh should be brought back to testify publicly.
Here’s the full statement from Kavanaugh, released by the White House Monday morning:
“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone.
“Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.
“I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.”