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Through and investigate the minority staff sat on Dr. Ford’s letter for weeks and staff told us that they believed it is quote highly inappropriate to have these follow-up calls before the FBI finishes its investigation , and a even though the FBI had completed its background information when we followed up with Judge Kavanaugh after we received Dr. Ford’s allegations the ranking member staff didn’t join us even though these calls are usually done on a bipartisan basis they joined other calls with the Judge. But they didn’t participate or ask any questions , would you please raise .
You’re affirm that the testimony. You’re about to give before the committee will be the truth , the whole truth and nothing but the crew so help you God I do like we were like , we offered to Senator to Dr. Ford . You can take whatever time you want . Now for your opening statement then will go to question so proceed .
Ranking member Feinstein.
Members of the committee.
Thank you for allowing me to make my statement.
I wrote it myself yesterday afternoon and evening.
No one has seen a draft.
Or it except for one of my former law clerks.
This is my statement.
Less than 2 weeks ago. Dr. Ford publicly accused me of committing wrongdoing and an event . More than 36 years ago .
We , we’re both in high school.
I denied the allegation immediately categorically and unequivocally.
All 4 people allegedly at the event.
Including Dr. Ford’s longtime friend Miss Kaiser.
Have said they recall no such event.
Her longtime friend Miss Kaiser said under penalty of felony that she does not know me.
It does not believe she ever saw me at a party ever.
Here’s the quote from this Kaiser’s attorneys letter.
Quote simply put this Kaiser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present with or without Dr. Ford.
Think about that fact.
The day after the allegation appeared I told this committee.
That I wanted to hearing as soon as possible.
To clear my name.
I demand of the hearing for the very next day.
Unfortunately , it took the committee 10 days.
To get to this hearing.
In those 10 long days.
As was predictable , and as I predicted.
My family and my name.
Have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations.
The 10-day delay. There’s been a harmful to me and my family .
To the Supreme Court.
And to the country.
When this allegation first arose I welcome to any kind of investigation.
Senate FBI or otherwise.
The committee now has conducted a thorough investigation and I’ve cooperated fully. I know that any kind of investigation Senate FBI Montgomery County Police , whatever .
Listen to the people I know.
Listen to the people of known me my whole life.
Listen to the people. I’ve grown up with .
And worked with and played with and coached with indeed it is and taught and going to games with and had beers with.
Listen to the witnesses who allegedly were at this event. 36 years ago . Listen to Ms Kaiser .
She does not know me.
I was not at the party described by Dr. Ford.
This confirmation process has become a national disgrace.
The constitution gives the Senate an important role.
In the confirmation process.
But you’ve replaced advice and consent with search and destroy.
Since my nomination in July. There’s been a frenzy on the left to come up with something , anything .
To block my confirmation.
Shortly after , I was nominated the Democratic Senate leader said he would quote opposed me with everything he’s got.
A Democratic senator on this committee public publicly referred to me as evil.
Think about that word.
It said that those who supported me were quote complicit in evil.
Another Democratic senator on this committee said quote Judge Kavanaugh is your worst nightmare.
A former head of the Democratic National Committee said quote Judge Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come.
I understand the passions of the moment.
But I would say to those senators.
Your words have meaning.
Millions of Americans listened carefully to you.
Given comments like those , is it any surprise.
That people have been willing to do anything.
To make any physical threat against my family.
To send any violent email to my wife.
To make any kind of allegation against me and against my friends to blow me up and take me down.
You sowed the wind.
For decades to come. I fear that the whole country will reap the whirlwind .
The behavior of several of the Democratic members of this committee at my hearing a few weeks ago was an embarrassment.
But at least 2 was just a good old fashioned attempt at Bork in.
Those efforts. Didn’t work .
When I did at least okay enough at the hearings that it looks like I might actually get confirmed a new tactic was needed.
Some of you were lying in wait and had it ready.
This first allegation was held in secret for weeks by a Democratic member of this committee and by staff.
It would be needed. Only if you couldn’t take me out on the merits .
When it was needed.
This allegation was unleashed and publicly deployed over Dr. Ford’s wishes.
And then as no doubt was expected , if not plant came a long series of false last minute smears designed to scare me and drive me out of the process before any hearing occurred.
Crazy stuff gangs illegitimate soldier in fights on boats in Rhode Island.
All nonsense reported breathlessly and often uncritically by the media.
This is destroyed my family.
And my good name.
A good name but built up through decades of very hard work in public service at the highest levels of the American government.
This whole too weak effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit.
Fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election.
Fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record.
Revenge on behalf of the Clintons.
And millions of dollars in money from outside left wing opposition groups.
This is a circus.
The consequences will extend long past my nomination.
The consequences will be with us for decades.
This grotesque and coordinated character assassination will dissuade competent and good people.
Of all political persuasions from serving our country.
And as we all know.
In the United States political system of the early 2000s. What goes around comes around .
I am an optimistic guy.
I always try to be on the sunrise side of the mound.
To be optimistic about the day that is coming.
But today I have to say that I fear for the future.
Last time I was here I told this committee that a federal Judge must be independent not swayed by public or political pressure.
I said I was such a Judge.