Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee and forcefully denied a sexual assault allegation from Christine Blasey Ford.

Ford, a California professor, has accused Kavanaugh of attempted rape when they were both Maryland high school students in the early 1980s.

Kavanaugh "categorically and unequivocally" denied Ford's claims, saying that a series of sexual misconduct allegations leveled at him are an attempt to block his confirmation to the high court.

He said sexual assault is horrific, morally wrong and contrary to his religious faith, and he believes accusers must be taken seriously and given due process under the law.

Kavanaugh said this accusation, which dates back 36 years, is "completely inconsistent" with how he has lived his life and how he has treated women.

"I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford," Kavanaugh said. "I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr. Ford. I am not questioning that Dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time. But I have never done that to her or to anyone."


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Kavanaugh called the hearings a "national disgrace."

The phrase is the same that now-Justice Clarence Thomas used when his 1991 proceedings also descended into allegations of sexual misconduct.

Kavanaugh said Democrats have tried to "blow me up and take me down," but have instead succeeded in "sowing the wind for decades to come" with such politics.

He called the actions of the committee a "good old fashioned attempt at Borking." Failed Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork was largely taken down by fiery rhetoric about his socially conservative views by people like then-Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.)

"People have been willing to do anything to make any physical threat against my family to send any violent email to my wife," he said.

Kavanaugh prescribed the incendiary nature of the hearing to "pent up anger about Donald Trump" and the 2016 election.

He also became emotional several times during his opening remarks.

Kavanaugh said his confirmation may be defeated, but he will not withdraw. 

"You may defeat me in the final vote, but you'll never get me to quit. Never. I'm here today to tell the truth. I've never sexually assaulted anyone," he said. 

Watch Kavanaugh's remarks above and stay tuned to Fox News Channel for complete coverage of the Senate hearing. 


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