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In emotional testimony, Kavanaugh calls confirmation process a 'national disgrace

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh takes the oath Thursday before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Ford has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh abandoned his prepared remarks in favor of more extensive ones he had written “yesterday afternoon and evening.” These new remarks, he said, nobody had seen except for a former law clerk.

What were Kavanaugh's emotions?

As he started his testimony, Kavanaugh alternated between rage and tears.

Kavanaugh called the confirmation process a “national disgrace” and stated unequivocally “I was not at the party described by Dr. Ford.”

Kavanaugh sharply criticized Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), although not by name, for saying that those who supported Kavanaugh were “complicit in the evil.”

I understand the passions of the moment, but I would say to those senators: your words have meaning. Millions of Americans listen 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 feel that the whole country will reap the whirlwind.

He also talked about the impact these accusations and their media coverage have had on his family:

This has destroyed my family. And my good name. A good name built up through decades of very hard work and public service at the highest levels of American government.

What about Kavanaugh's drinking?

Kavanaugh emphatically insisted that while he did drink beer in high school, and sometimes “too many beers,” he never did so to the point of blacking out. He also said he has “never sexually assaulted anyone.”

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