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Kavanaugh Denies Sexual-Misconduct Claim, Keeps White House Support

Laura Litvan
Brett Kavanaugh Photographer: Aaron P. Bernstein/Bloomberg

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "unequivocally" denied an allegation reported in the New Yorker magazine that during a party in high school he held a girl down and tried to force himself on her.

“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” Kavanaugh said in a statement released by the White House on Friday.

The White House is not considering pulling Kavanaugh’s nomination over the allegation, White House spokesman Raj Shah said.

The New Yorker cited a letter written by the woman that said the encounter occurred at a party when Kavanaugh was a high school student during the early 1980s. The woman contended that Kavanaugh and a friend of his had been drinking, and turned up music that was playing in the room to drown out her protests. The woman said she was able to free herself, the New Yorker said.

The letter was sent to California Democrat Representative Anna Eshoo and then to Senator Dianne Feinstein, also of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee considering Kavanaugh’s high court nomination. Feinstein turned the letter over to the FBI, which has said it’s not investigating though it included the letter in his background file.

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Feinstein’s disclosure Thursday that she had provided unspecified "information" to the FBI threw the already contentious confirmation fight into confusion.

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