He mentioned he hadn’t dedicated harassment or assault.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — who now faces allegations of tried sexual assault when he was a teen — was requested straight in regards to the challenge of non-public sexual misconduct throughout his confirmation hearing last week.
When pressed on the matter, Kavanaugh mentioned he had not sexually harassed anybody and had not handled any settlements associated to such allegations. The best way it was framed, nonetheless, the query on the September 5 listening to — by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) — solely requested Kavanaugh to element any incidents that had taken place after he had grow to be a authorized grownup.
As the New Yorker reported on Friday, Kavanaugh has been accused of an incident that purportedly occurred when he and the lady concerned have been each 17. In a letter that’s been shared with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and now the FBI, the lady says that Kavanaugh tried to pressure himself on her whereas they have been at a celebration and lined her mouth to muffle any protest. The lady says she was capable of free herself. Based on statements the lady has made to associates, information of Kavanaugh’s nomination had spurred recollections of that incident.
In statements to the New Yorker, Kavanaugh has denied that the incident ever happened, and one other male classmate who’s talked about within the allegation has additionally mentioned he has no recollection of it.
Hirono raised questions of non-public sexual misconduct throughout Kavanaugh’s affirmation listening to, one thing she’s been asking of all judicial nominees in hearings since January.
“Because you turned a authorized grownup, have you ever ever made undesirable requests for sexual favors or dedicated any verbal or bodily harassment or assault of a sexual nature?” the senator requested.
“No,” Kavanaugh responded.
Hirono additionally probed whether or not he had ever confronted disciplinary motion or entered right into a settlement associated to this sort of conduct, one thing he additionally replied to within the adverse.
“I began to ask these questions on sexual harassment as a result of it’s so onerous to carry lifetime appointees to the federal bench accountable and since I didn’t need the #MeToo motion to be swept underneath the rug,” Hirono mentioned.
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Kavanaugh additionally denied realizing about allegations of harassment towards a federal decide he clerked for
Kavanaugh additionally confronted quite a few questions on his relationship with retired federal decide Alex Kozinski, who retired from his submit in December 2017 following allegations of sexual misconduct from no less than 15 ladies.
Kavanaugh had clerked underneath Kozinski and appeared to think about him an necessary skilled affect. Throughout Kavanaugh’s 2006 affirmation listening to for DC Circuit, for instance, Kozinski was the one who launched him to the panel.
Finally week’s listening to, Kavanaugh roundly condemned sexual harassment and mentioned he had no cause to not consider the ladies who’ve come ahead about Kozinski. He additionally mentioned he had no firsthand data of the kind of harassment that Kozinski has been accused of — allegations that embody inappropriate touching and sexual feedback and that span three many years.
“Over the course of my relationship with Choose Kozinski, I by no means noticed him sexually harass a legislation clerk or legislation clerk candidate,” Kavanaugh mentioned in written responses he despatched to the Judiciary Committee. He’s mentioned that studying of the Kozinski allegations was a “intestine punch.”