Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, visibly angry, called his confirmation process a "national disgrace" on Thursday, in his opening remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In a tearfully-delivered statement he said he had not shared with anyone except for one of his former law clerks, Kavanaugh denied the allegations against him with more forceful terms than he has used since the accusations first surfaced this month.
"My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations," Kavanaugh said. And the 53-year-old federal appeals court judge blasted the allegations against him as part of "a calculated and orchestrated political hit."
He said that opposition to his nomination was "fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election" and "revenge on behalf of the Clintons."