The third person identified by Christine Blasey Ford as having been present in the room during what she alleged was a sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh wants no part of the Judiciary Committee proceedings.
“I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone ask me to be involved,” Judge said in a statement relayed to the committee by his lawyer.
“In fact, I have no memory of this alleged incident. Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school, but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford’s letter,” he said. “More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes.”
Senate Democrats have called for Judge to be invited to testify given that he was identified as having been a witness to the alleged sexual misconduct, which Ford said took place while the three were high schoolers in 1982.
Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer had suggested on the Senate floor that the panel’s Democrats might try to call Judge as a minority witness if the Republican majority were to decline.
“In this case, it certainly makes sense for one witness to be Mark Judge, who was named in the Washington Post as present during the event in question. How could we want to get the truth and not have Mr. Judge come to the hearing and be asked questions?” the New York Democrat said. “And if the majority won’t call him as a witness, as they should, if they’re real interested about getting at the whole truth, the minority must be able to do so.”
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