Read Kavanaugh's letter to Senate Judiciary Committee
In a letter to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh said he was the victim of "smears, pure and simple" and made clear that he doesn't intend to back out. "I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process," Kavanaugh wrote. "The coordinated effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. The last minute character assassination will not succeed." Trump and Republicans forge ahead with Kavanaugh nomination, dismissing misconduct allegations as a smear.