Hours before the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, his high school friend responded to the latest hearing.
In a letter sent Thursday, Mark Judge doubled down that he does “not recall the events” Christine Blasey Ford alleged during her testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, claiming that nearly four decades ago a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her a party with Judge in attendance.
New #Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge letter – obtained by FOX – on why he didn’t want to testify as a recovering alcoholic and cancer survivor, and says he never saw Judge Kavanaugh act in the manner Dr. Ford describes. pic.twitter.com/sLLqIDd7Fn
— Mike Emanuel (@MikeEmanuelFox) September 28, 2018
Judge backed his friend “under penalty of felony,” addressing the letter to Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Diane Feinstein.
“I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone ask me to be involved,” the letter said, through his attorney Barbara Van Gelder, referring to his previous letter sent on Sept. 18.
“As a recovering alcoholic and a cancer survivor, I have struggled with depression and anxiety,” his letter said. “As a result, I avoid public speaking.”
As a named witness to the alleged misconduct by Kavanaugh, Judge was conspicuously absent from Thursday’s hearing as Ford and Kavanaugh shared emotional testimony before the committee.
“I told him to leave town. He is being hounded. He is a recovering alcoholic and is under unbelievable stress,” Judge’s attorney, Van Gelder told The Washington Post. “He needed for his own health to get out of this toxic environment and take care of himself.”
Judge noted in the letter that he has not spoken to Kavanaugh directly for years but they were friends in high school.
He stated that he did “not recall the events described by Dr. Ford in her testimony before the US Senate Judiciary Committee today,” he wrote. “I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee is going ahead with its plan to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination on Friday despite the desperate attempt by Democrats to derail his confirmation.