Nicole Lafond

Nicole Lafond is a news writer for TPM based in New York City. She is also currently earning a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and previously worked as an education reporter at The News-Gazette in Champaign, Ill. Follow her on Twitter @Nicole_Lafond.

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Brett Kavanaugh flatly denied allegations of sexual assault in his opening testimony on Thursday.

I’ve never sexual assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not ever. Sexual assault is horrific. … Allegations of sexual assault must always be taken seriously, always. Those who make allegations always deserve to be heard. At the same time, the person who is the subject of the allegations also deserves to be heard. Due process is a foundation of the American rule of law. Due process means listening to both sides.”

In his strongly worded opening remarks, Brett Kavanaugh called the confirmation process “a national disgrace.”

This confirmation process has become a national disgrace,” he said. “The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process. But you have replaced advice and consent with search and destroy.”