Brett Kavanaugh vowed on Monday to defend himself against mounting allegations of sexual misconduct as Republican leaders closed ranks and signaled support for the embattled supreme court nominee.
As fresh accusations against Kavanaugh swirled on Monday, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, ignored calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his nomination and announced that a vote would be held in the “very near future”.
The latest developments set the stage for an extraordinary public hearing on Thursday that could determine the fate of his nomination. Senators will hear public testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a California college professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party.
“While I am frightened, please know, my fear will not hold me back from testifying and you will be provided with answers to all of your questions,” Ford wrote in a letter to the Senate judiciary chairman, Chuck Grassley. “I ask for fair and respectful treatment.”