Prepared Written Testimony of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh
Nomination Hearing to Serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court September 27, 2018 (submitted September 26, 2018)
Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Members of the Committee: Eleven days ago, Dr. Ford publicly accused me of committing a serious wrong more than 36 years ago when we were both in high school. I denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically. The next day, I told this Committee that I wanted to testify as soon as possible, under oath, to clear my name.
Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired. 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. They debase our public discourse. And the consequences extend beyond any one nomination. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination—if allowed to succeed—will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country.
I do not know whether that is the statement he actually presented. Certainly, what he provided ahead of time to the Senate was much shorter than what he finally read.
That said, I call your attention to how time specific this statement is.
Yes, Dr. Ford’s accusations were made public, but Kavanaugh and the Senate had known about it months before (In July). So, his recitation is a half truth.
Then Kavanaugh claims he asked for a hearing the next day and implies it just took the Senate ten days to set it up. No mention of any investigation or verification.
Then he refers to ”days” in which other accusations have been “aired.” This is also true as to when accusations were broadcast or made public by the media, but ignores that he has known about them for months, as well. So, they are not “last-minute smears” and that claim is a lie. Calling it “pure and simple” does not change that. Adjectives do not change reality. Might as well call an “uncorroborated accusation” pure and simple.
Though, I will grant the lawyers are doing their best to assert that adjectives matter most. Which is why we now have sexual abuse and spousal abuse and child abuse and elder abuse and handicapped abuse and even animal abuse called crimes, but pure and simple assault is AOK.
Christine Blasey was assaulted. The guy in the bar into whose face liquid was thrown was assaulted. The members of the Senate and the viewing public were verbally assaulted. Kavanaugh is an assaultive person. Trump, at least, admits that he hits back. Kavanaugh would have us believe he’s a choir boy and that qualifies him to pass judgement on others.
Assaultive behavior has to be declared wrong. All of the lawyerly specifications are just an effort to raise the specter of intent to muddy a situation that is quite obvious. One person’s abuse of another, whether verbal or physical, should not be tolerated, even if the line between discipline and abuse is fine.
Funny how the enthusiasm of the disciples, who dropped what they were doing to follow Christ, has deteriorated into discipline to coerce compliance.