President Donald Trump‘s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Monday denied Christine Blasey Ford‘s allegation that he attempted to sexually assault her when they were in high school. In light of this controversy, it is interesting to look back at how Kavanaugh answered what appeared to be a softball question from Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) during confirmation hearings.
Kennedy asked Kavanaugh if he “ever got in trouble,” and whether he was more of a John Boy Walton or Ferris Bueller-type. Kavanaugh laughed heartily.
“I loved sports,” Kavanaugh responded.
At the end of his time, Sen. Kennedy said he was considering asking Kavanaugh if he ever “snuck a couple of beers past Jesus” back in the day but decided against it.
Kavanaugh laughed and everyone moved on.
Fast forward to now, and Kavanaugh doesn’t sound like he’s laughing, because he’s being asked if, while drunk, he trapped Ford in a room, forced her onto a bed, groped her, and tried to remove her clothing, while another male teen watched.
“This is a completely false allegation,” he said on Monday. “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone.”
“I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Commitee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity,” he added.
Ford claims that what Kavanaugh allegedly did to her at a party in the 80s was attempted rape.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” she said. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
Ford’s lawyer said that a lie detector test shows her story is true, despite the fact her client is a registered Democrat.
“This is not a politically motivated action, in fact she was quite reluctant to come forward,” Debra Katz said. Ford’s husband is also backing up the allegation.
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