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Kavanaugh and His Wife Sit for Fox News Interview to Air Tonight

Brett Kavanaugh and wife Ashley listen to his introductions at his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, September 4, 2018. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley will appear on Fox News at 7 p.m. tonight to discuss his heated confirmation process and the sexual-assault accusations against him.

In a teaser clip released by Fox News, Kavanaugh told host Martha MacCallum in that the accusations leveled against him by at least two women are categorically false and that he has no intention of withdrawing his name from the confirmation process.

California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford has claimed that Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her to a bed at a party when they were both in high school, covered her mouth, and tried to rape her before she escaped. Ford is expected to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her allegations, and Kavanaugh will have a chance to respond to her statements.

On Sunday The New Yorker reported that another woman, Deborah Ramirez, claimed that Kavanaugh had exposed himself to her when she was drunk at a party during their freshman year at Yale University, although she said her memory of the incident had significant gaps.

In their interview with McCallum, Kavanaugh and his wife said they’d received death threats as a result of the allegations. Kavanaugh also said he is looking forward to defending his integrity at Thursday’s hearing, and called the accusations “smears” and a “grotesque and obvious character assassination.”

“There is now a frenzy to come up with something — anything — that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring,” he wrote in a Monday letter to Judiciary Committee leaders. “The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. The last-minute character assassination will not succeed.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein called for Thursday’s hearing to be canceled, saying the FBI must investigate the claims against him.

Meanwhile, Republican senators and President Trump have backed Kavanaugh, accusing Democrats of twisting the confirmation process into a purely political fight.

“Even by the far Left’s standards, this shameful, shameful smear campaign has hit a new low,” Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said Monday. “Senate Democrats and their allies are trying to destroy a man’s personal and professional life on the basis of decades-old allegations that are unsubstantiated and uncorroborated.”

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