Brett Kavanaugh, with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, answers questions during a FOX News interview, on Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, in Washington, about allegations of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee.
"The truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise", Kavanaugh says in excerpts from the interview released by Fox News.
MacCallum pressed the contentious Supreme Court nominee more, asking if he was a virgin through all the years in question - when the assaults allegedly happened?
Kavanaugh will also address the upcoming hearing on Thursday in which the first of his accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., retorted that if McConnell believed the allegations were a smear, "Why don't you call for an FBI investigation?"
While the walkout itself might have taken just minutes of silence, or an hour of skipping out on work at most, this moment of protest against Kavanaugh's confirmation-promoting as radical an idea as believing in the accounts of Ford and Ramirez against a man in power-is sure to be another event contributing to the ripples of change in how the US treats survivors and their assailants. In the letter, Ford said she faced death threats and was relying on her lawyers and Grassley to "agree to conditions that will allow me to testify in a fair setting".
Senate Republicans should stand up to these unsubstantiated and discredited allegations and move forward with a vote to confirm Kavanaugh.More news: No change to Aguero selection despite new contract, warns Guardiola
A defiant and at times emotional Brett M. Kavanaugh sat for an extraordinary television interview with his wife Monday to try to save his embattled Supreme Court nomination against charges of sexual misconduct as a teenager.
It is unheard of for a Supreme Court nominee to give interviews during the confirmation process. He described Kavanaugh as a "great scholar" and a "fine man".
Ford has agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and has asked that the FBI investigate her claim, and yet, Republican Senators have casted doubt on her account, stating they will advance Kavanaugh's nomination proceedings regardless of her allegations.
Bipartisan Judiciary Committee staff will interview Ramirez privately about her allegation, said Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Republican.
In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh's role in the alleged incident with certainty. The similar tones and wording they used in defending him suggested a concerted effort to undermine the women's claims and portray an image of unity among GOP senators while pressing toward a confirmation vote.
"I am writing to request an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh", Feinstein wrote. I hope that we can find such a setting and that you will understand that I have one motivation in coming forward - to tell the truth about what Mr. Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge did to me.
The lawyers for Ford want the committee to hear from other witnesses, including a person who conducted a polygraph of Ford earlier this year, the person familiar with the talks said.
The Associated Press tried reaching Ramirez at her home in Boulder, Colorado.
A former Yale university class mate, Deborah Ramirez told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh assaulted her at a dormitory party.