Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh has defended d his “emotional” testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27. The judge had cried during the three-hour testimony from Christine Blasey Ford.
Kavanaugh wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal:
“I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been. I might have been too emotional at times,” Kavanaugh wrote.
“I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said. I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband and dad. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters,” Kavanaugh continued.
Kavanaugh allegedly pinned her down to a bed, groped her and tried to remove her clothes. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
“At times, my testimony— both in my opening statement and in response to questions—reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused, without corroboration, of horrible conduct completely contrary to my record and character,” Kavanaugh wrote in his op-ed.
While Kavanaugh pleaded with the public to be sympathetic towards his emotions, he promised his behavior from the hearing will not affect his duty as a judge.
“Going forward, you can count on me to be the same kind of judge and person I have been for my entire 28-year legal career: hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good.”
“I revere the Constitution. I believe that an independent and impartial judiciary is essential to our constitutional republic. If confirmed by the Senate to serve on the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case and always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law.”
Kavanaugh also claimed he has a “long record of advancing and promoting women.”
“A majority of my 48 law clerks have been women,” Kavanaugh wrote before adding he was a “longtime coach of girls’ basketball teams.”
Despite the many protests to prevent his confirmation, Kavanaugh wrote he is trying to remain positive.
“Every day I will try to be the best husband, dad, and friend I can be. I will remain optimistic, on the sunrise side of the mountain. I will continue to see the day that is coming, not the day that is gone,” Kavanaugh concluded.