I swear to God assault charges against me are not true: Kavanaugh to US committee

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Washington, DC, USA Published: Sep 28, 2018, 06:53 AM(IST)

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Professor Christine Blasey Ford. Photograph:( Reuters )

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President Trump reaffirmed his support to the embattled judge declaring that "his testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting".

Brett Kavanaugh, the US Supreme Court nominee at the centre of the sexual assault scandal, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he was innocent, asserting that 'will not be intimidated into withdrawing' his nomination.

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"My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations," Kavanaugh said, adding, "I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process."

'I swear to God' assault charges not true," says Kavanaugh in closing testimony. The US judge slammed the confirmation process declaring that it was a "national disgrace."

As Kavanaugh finished his testimony, President Trump reaffirmed his support to the embattled judge declaring that "his testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting".

"Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him," the US president declared.

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Earlier, the Univesity at the centre of the storm, Christine Blasey Ford, told the US committee that she was "100 per cent" certain that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.

"With what degree of certainty do you believe Brett Kavanaugh assaulted you?" Democratic Senator Richard Durbin asked Ford.

"One hundred per cent," she replied.

The alleged incident which occurred when Ford was a 15-year-old student in Maryland in 1982. Ford denied it could be a case of mistaken identity telling Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein it was "absolutely not" the case.

Ford said Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming during the assault, adding, "This was what terrified me the most, and has had the most lasting impact on my life. It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me."

Ford said she has suffered from claustrophobia and anxiety as a result of her experience and initially struggled when at college.

"I have found your testimony powerful and credible and I believe you," Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal told Ford.

Kavanaugh also faces allegations of sexual misconduct by two other women. The committee could vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Friday, with a final Senate vote early next week.
 

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