Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, initially cruising toward a scheduled confirmation vote just days away, has seen his nomination be placed on indefinite hold in light of last-minute allegations of sexual misconduct.
Kavanaugh has been accused of drunkenly groping a young woman at a party while both were high school students in the early 1980s, but the one person named as a witness to that alleged incident has denied any recollection of it taking place at all.
That person is Washington, D.C.-based writer Mark Judge, who was a classmate of Kavanaugh’s in high school and who was named by Kavanaugh’s accuser as having been present in the room when the alleged incident took place.
When the then-anonymous allegation was first revealed last week, Judge claimed he had no recollection of the event. He told The Weekly Standard, “It’s just absolutely nuts. I never saw Brett act that way.”
In a separate statement to The New York Times, Judge said, “I never saw anything like what was described.”
Once the accuser — liberal Palo Alto University professor Christine Blasey Ford — revealed herself on Sunday in an article in The Washington Post, Judge issued another statement reiterating that he had no memory of the incident.
Judge told Breitbart, “Now that the anonymous person has been identified and has spoken to the press, I repeat my earlier statement that I have no recollection of any of the events described in today’s Post article or attributed to her letter.”
No appearance at hearing
In light of the last-minute accusation against Kavanaugh, not to mention the insistence by Democrats that the alleged incident must be fully investigated, a hearing was scheduled for Monday so committee members could speak with both Kavanaugh and Ford to get both sides of the story.
Some wanted Judge to make an appearance at that hearing on Monday as well, but it appears that that isn’t going to happen.
In a written statement to the Judiciary Committee released by Judge’s attorney, he said, “I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone asked me to be involved. The only reason I am involved is that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford remembers me as the other person in the room during the alleged assault.”
“I have no memory of this alleged incident. Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school, but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford’s letter. More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes.”
“I have no more information to offer the committee and I do not wish to speak publicly regarding the incidents described in Dr. Ford’s letter.”
Outside of Judge, there are no other witnesses to the alleged incident, and he is disputing the very few details that have been provided of the incident thus far, as well as made it known that he has no desire to become further involved in efforts to sort the situation out.
His denials of the incident he was alleged to have witnessed and request to not be dragged into the middle of this mess would seem to undercut the liberal narrative against Kavanaugh and leaves his accuser with virtually no support for her already-thin accusation.