After the emotional and explosive hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testified about her allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge reached out to the committee again.
Judge, still unwilling to testify publicly, sent a letter to the committee reinforcing his stance on the allegation and responding to repeated calls during the hearing from senators who want him to testify.
"As I stated in my attorney, Barbara Van Gelder's September 18th, 2018, letter, I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone ask me to be involved," Judge wrote.
What did he say about the hearing?
Judge apparently paid attention to the hearing, but nothing he heard changed his stance on the allegations Ford has made. From the beginning, Judge has denied any knowledge of what Ford has accused Kavanaugh of. Ford has testified that Judge was also in the room when Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her.
"Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school, but we have not spoken directly in several years," Judge wrote. "I do not recall the events described by Dr. Ford in her testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today. I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes."
Why won't he testify?
Numerous times during Thursday's hearing, senators asked to hear from Judge and asked why he wasn't being questioned by the committee.
"I think asking to have the other individual involved in your assault, Mark Judge, appear before us today was not asking too much," Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said.
Judge said that due to his personal issues, he has no desire or intention to testify publicly.
"As a recovering alcoholic and a cancer survivor, I have struggled with depression and anxiety," Judge wrote. "As a result, I avoid public speaking."
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