Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's pal, responds to Ford's testimony in letter through lawyer
Mark Judge, the high college buddy of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, wrote in a letter Thursday that he does &ldquonot recall the events&rdquo described by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford for the duration of her testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
&ldquoI by no means saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes,&rdquo he wrote.
Judge directed the letter, &ldquounder penalty of felony,&rdquo to Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Diane Feinstein, by way of his lawyer Barbara Van Gelder.
&ldquoI did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did any individual ask me to be involved,&rdquo the letter said, and referred to his previous letter sent on Sept. 18.
The letter mentioned he has told the committee that he does not want to comment about the events publicly.
&ldquoAs a recovering alcoholic and a cancer survivor, I have struggled with depression and anxiousness,&rdquo his letter said. &ldquoAs a result, I avoid public speaking.&rdquo
Van Gelder told The Washington Post on Wednesday that Judge want to keep away from the spotlight for his health.
&ldquoI told him to leave town. He is becoming hounded. He is a recovering alcoholic and is beneath unbelievable anxiety,&rdquo Judge’s attorney told the paper. &ldquoHe needed for his own health to get out of this toxic atmosphere and take care of himself."
Judge also said in the letter that he and Kavanaugh had been friends in high college but have not spoken directly in several years.
Ford claimed Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed throughout a party in Maryland, attempted to get rid of her clothes and put his hand more than her mouth to prevent her from screaming. She stated he and Judge had also turned the music up to a loud volume.
Ford said she was able to escape when Judge jumped on best of her and Kavanaugh, who she said was intoxicated at the time.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked Kavanaugh for the duration of the hearing if he was 1 of the characters, Bart O&rsquoKavanaugh, in Judge&rsquos book referred to as &ldquoWasted: Tales of a Gen X Drunk,&rdquo which was written in 1997. Kavanaugh said the book is a perform of fiction and Leahy would &ldquohave to ask him [Judge].&rdquo
Judge has turn out to be an author, filmmaker and journalist who has written for conservative outlets like The Every day Caller and The Weekly Standard, according to reports.
Following the explosive and, at instances, extremely emotional day of testimony, all eyes turned to numerous crucial swing-vote senators who remained outwardly undecided on Kavanaugh’s fate late Thursday.
Following the hearing, moderate Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowksi, R-Alaska, as properly as Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., huddled to go over the nomination, Fox News confirmed.
They talked for about 30 minutes prior to a GOP conference meeting Thursday evening ahead of Friday’s planned Judiciary Committee vote on whether or not to advocate Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the complete Senate.
Fox News’ Gregg Re, Edmund DeMarche and The Linked Press contributed to this report.
Published at Fri, 28 Sep 2018 04:15:00 +0000