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Kavanaugh: I Won't Withdraw

Makes his position clear in letter to Senate Judiciary Committee
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2018 2:14 PM CDT
Protesters gather in front of the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Brett Kavanaugh will not withdraw from consideration as President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, the appeals court judge told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a letter Monday. Despite a second accuser coming forward, Kavanaugh said he "will not be intimidated into withdrawing," Politico reports. He called the allegations against him "smears, pure and simple" as well as "last-minute character assassination," and said the "coordinated effort to destroy my good name" is "a threat to any man or woman who wishes to serve our country." Kavanaugh, who also said in the letter that his family has been threatened with violence, will testify about first accuser Christine Blasey Ford's claims in a hearing Thursday. Politico notes that he had not used the term "smear" to describe Ford's accusation, and used it for the first time when responding to the second accusation from Deborah Ramirez. There are also rumors of a third accuser. (Read more Brett Kavanaugh stories.)

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