Last night Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh published an unprecedented op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. An excerpt:
I testified before the Judiciary Committee last Thursday to defend my family, my good name and my lifetime of public service. My hearing testimony was forceful and passionate. That is because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me.
At times, my testimony—both in my opening statement and in response to questions—reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused, without corroboration, of horrible conduct completely contrary to my record and character. My statement and answers also reflected my deep distress at the unfairness of how this allegation has been handled.
I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been. I might have been too emotional at times. I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said. I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband and dad. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters.
Going forward, you can count on me to be the same kind of judge and person I have been for my entire 28-year legal career: hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good. As a judge, I have always treated colleagues and litigants with the utmost respect. I have been known for my courtesy on and off the bench. I have not changed.
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Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Brett Kavanaugh’s op-ed defending his emotions during his testimony: “This op-ed in no way removes the issue of temperament…that testimony was written, carefully prepared, planned, premeditated not some emotional outburst” https://t.co/9pY1NpVpgv pic.twitter.com/2U52lYBM5K
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 5, 2018
Judge Kavanaugh’s stunning decision to pen an op-ed bluntly confirms he has neither the judgment nor the temperament to be on our highest court. He can’t erase blaming credible sexual assault allegations ‘on the Clintons,’ attacks on senators, and vows of revenge with an op-ed.
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) October 5, 2018
Kavanaugh chose two Murdoch-owned outlets to make his case: Fox News for his TV interview and WSJ for his op-ed.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 5, 2018
“If a woman had written that op-ed apologizing for their behavior and saying I’m so sorry I was emotional, but I was there as a mother, as a daughter…I mean the double standard is unbelievable” @Alyssa_Milano speaks about Kavanaugh on #CuomoPrimeTime pic.twitter.com/7pXEXPJeeo
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) October 5, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh’s op-ed should have been titled “Aw, c’mon. You can’t be mad. You know how I get when I drink.”
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) October 5, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh WSJ Op-ed Oct 4, 2018:
Trust me, how I behaved during that testimony is not who I am, and I would not be that way on the Supreme Court.
President Donald J. Trump, Sept 27, 2018:
“Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him.”
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) October 5, 2018