Minutes after a third woman publicly accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct on Wednesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee released Kavanaugh’s planned opening remarks for his hearing about the allegations.
“Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired,” Kavanaugh plans to say before the panel Thursday morning. “There has been a frenzy to come up with something — anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious — that will block a vote on my nomination. These are last-minute smears, pure and simple.”
Three women have now said that Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, acted inappropriately or sexually violent around them in high school or college. California professor Christine Blasey Ford is scheduled to testify at the Thursday hearing, and will speak about her allegation that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, covered her mouth, and groped her at a high school party in the 1980s. Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale with Kavanaugh, told the New Yorker Sunday that Kavanaugh once exposed himself to her and thrust his penis into her face. Ramirez’s attorney, John Clune, said Tuesday that the Senate Judiciary Committee has refused to speak with him and his client.
On Wednesday, a third woman, career government employee Julie Swetnick said that she was gang-raped at a teen party that Kavanaugh attended. She did not say that Kavanaugh participated in her rape but that she observed him standing “in line,” waiting to take a turn having sex with a girl in another room.
In a sworn statement, Swetnick said she saw Kavanaugh act as a “mean drunk,” who was sexually aggressive with girls. “This conduct included the fondling and grabbing of girls without their consent,” Swetnick said.
The hearing set for Thursday will involve testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh, though the other women said they would testify as well.
“I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends. Sometimes I had too many. In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now. But that’s not why we are here today,” Kavanaugh wrote in his planned remarks. “What I’ve been accused of is far more serious than juvenile misbehavior. I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes.”