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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal on Thursday, decrying what he described as “vicious” attacks against him while admitting he “might have been too emotional” during his hearing on Capitol Hill last week.

“I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been. I might have been too emotional at times,” Kavanaugh wrote. “I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said. I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband and dad. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters.”

Fox News reports that the embattled nominee was criticized after his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the visible emotion he displayed as he testified under oath. In his opening remarks, he appeared angry and sometimes tearful as he adamantly denied he’d ever sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, or anyone.

Kavanaugh described his testimony as “forceful and passionate” — “because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me.”

I testified with five people foremost in my mind: my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters.

— Brett Kavanaugh, on his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

“At times, my testimony — both in my opening statement and in response to questions — reflected my overwhelming frustration at being wrongly accused, without corroboration, of horrible conduct completely contrary to my record and character,” the judge wrote. “My statement and answers also reflected my deep distress at the unfairness of how this allegation has been handled.”

In the op-ed, Kavanaugh stood firm in his assertion that, if confirmed, he’d be a trusted associate justice, writing that the U.S. could count on him “to be the same kind of judge and person I have been for my entire 28-year legal career: hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good.”


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