As the accusations leveled allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh continue to gather steam, and with calls for a thorough investigation into the accusations arising from every corner of the political sphere, former President George W. Bush has released an extraordinary statement of support.
The comments read as follows:
“Laura and I have known and respected Brett Kavanaugh for decades, and we stand by our comments the night Judge Kavanaugh was nominated: “He is a fine husband, father, and friend — and a man of the highest integrity. He will make a superb Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.””
Kavanaugh worked for the Bush campaign during the recount of Florida votes following the controversial 2000 election. Bush subsequently nominated Kavanaugh to the Court of Appeals in 2003.
A spokesperson for the 43rd President told CNN that, following Trump’s nomination of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Bush spoke to the President to congratulate him.
“They spoke, and President Bush appreciated the call and congratulated him on the outstanding choice,” the spokesperson noted.
WHO HAS ACCUSED KAVANAUGH?
The accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, revealed to the Washington Post that Kavanaugh was 17-years-of-age and heavily intoxicated when he allegedly “pinned her to a bed” and groped her over her clothes. When she protested, Kavanaugh supposedly held his hand over her mouth to stop her from screaming.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford, who is now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
Ford also handed over notes on the incident which were alleged to have been taken by her therapist when she revealed disclosed details of the incident back in 2012. There are discrepancies, however, as the notes indicate that four boys were involved in the alleged assault, something which Ford says was an error on the part of the therapist.
Kavanaugh categorically denies the allegations, “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday. I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity,” he said in response to the allegations earlier this week.
In another strange twist, two women who previously dated U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh school are now coming to the federal judge’s defense.
The two women, Maura Kane and Maura Fitzgerald, dated Kavanaugh in high school and college, respectively, and each remain friends with him to this day.
Fitzgerald said in a statement the judge “is nothing like the person who has been described” in news reports about Ford’s claims. She went on to say he “always conducted himself honorably with me at all times when we were together.
“He was always a perfect gentleman, and I vouch for him completely,” she added.
Kane, for her part, noted she’s been friends with Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and said during their romantic relationship in high school he was “always respectful, kind and thoughtful.” She said the reports about his alleged abuse “in no way represent the decent young man I knew.”
“We remain good friends and I admire him as a husband, father and professional,” Kane said.
Both Kane and Fitzgerald appeared on Fox News Monday night, when anchor Martha MacCallum interviewed them about their experiences with Kavanaugh. Both women said they were “shocked” when Ford’s accusations surfaced.
Fitzgerald told MacCallum the allegations are “just so polar opposite of the Brett Kavanaugh that I have known,” adding she was “confused, surprised, shocked” and “still can’t believe it.”
Kane said her reaction to the claims was “the exact same.”