Obviously, that statement is not a value judgment as to the merits of the sexual assault allegations leveled against Kavanaugh, nor is it an endorsement of the reprehensible "guilty until proven innocent" Beltway circus which has assembled around them. He said he did not question that perhaps Ford at some point in her life was sexually assaulted, "but what I know is I've never sexually assaulted anyone".
The agreement and the latest accusation set the stage for a dramatic showdown as Kavanaugh and Ford each tell their side of the story.
"This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be appropriate", the letter from Ford's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said. Separately, an attorney for another woman said his client had information about Kavanaugh's behavior at parties at high school parties and wanted to testify as well.
Kavanaugh was asked if there was any chance Ford misunderstood an exchange between them.
"While the nationwide outpouring of love has been heartwarming, I am spending considerable time managing death threats, avoiding people following me on freeways, and disconcerting media intrusion, including swarms of vans at my home and unauthorized persons entering my classroom and medical settings where I work", Ford said in the letter.
"I did not have sexual intercourse, or anything close to sexual intercourse, in high school or for many years thereafter".
Kavanaugh said while there were high school parties with beer and he wasn't ideal, "I'm a good person".
"For people to come out of the woodwork from 36 years ago and 30 years ago and never mention it, all of a sudden it happens - in my opinion, it's totally political".
Lori A. Ringhand, a law professor at the University of Georgia and an expert on the confirmation process, noted that Felix Frankfurter became the first Supreme Court nominee to testify in public to counter criticism that surfaced during his hearing.
Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat on the committee, said Sunday he believed Ford's requests have been reasonable and that she deserves a fair hearing to determine whether her allegations are serious enough to vote down Kavanaugh's nomination. Kavanaugh was defiant as well.
"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process", he added, repeatedly calling for a "fair process".
However, with elections approaching, Kavanaugh's rejection would give Republicans little time to select a new nominee for confirmation before the end of December, when the current Senate session ends.
If Kavanaugh's nomination does make it to a vote from the entire U.S. Senate, it is possible that some GOP senators could join Democrats in voting against the nominee.
In the Fox interview Kavanaugh got a taste of the personal questions he'll face from senators.
"We asked him about every single allegation", MacCallum said.
Kavanaugh is considered more conservative than Kennedy and liberals have feared that if he is confirmed, the Supreme Court will shift considerably to the right. She was a vociferous supporter of the late Roger Ailes in 2016 when the then Fox News chief was being sued for sexual harassment by anchor Gretchen Carlson, telling Mediaite that "Roger is such a terrific boss I don't like to see anything that reflects negatively on him". "I know Brett. I know who he is". She accused him of attacking her and trying to remove her clothing while he was drunk at a party when he was 17 years old and she was 15. "This is not consistent with Brett".
The White House said in a statement that it stands firmly behind him. When I was in high school - and I went to an all boys catholic high school, a judgment (ph) high school, where I was focused on academics and athletics, going to church every Sunday at Little Flower, working on my service projects, and friendship, friendship with my fellow classmates and friendship with girls from the local all girls Catholic schools.