WASHINGTON— The Senate Judiciary Committee voted against a last-minute effort to subpoena Mark Judge, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s high school friend.
The proposal, put forward by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) prior to a scheduled confirmation vote for Kavanaugh, failed by a party-line 11-10 vote.
On Thursday, Ford claimed that Judge was in the room with Kavanaugh when he sexually assaulted her.
“During this assault, Mark came over and jumped on the bed twice while Brett was on top of me. And the last time that he did this, we toppled over and Brett was no longer on top of me. I was able to get up and run out of the room,” Ford said.
Ford added that she ran into Judge at a local supermarket not long after.
“I said ‘hello’ to him,” Ford said. “His face was white and very uncomfortable saying ‘hello’ back.”
Judge stood by a previous denial Thursday night.
In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee leaders, which was shared online by Fox News, Judge reiterates that he “never saw Brett act in the matter that Dr. Ford describes.”
New #Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge letter – obtained by FOX – on why he didn’t want to testify as a recovering alcoholic and cancer survivor, and says he never saw Judge Kavanaugh act in the manner Dr. Ford describes. pic.twitter.com/sLLqIDd7Fn
— Mike Emanuel (@MikeEmanuelFox) September 28, 2018
Judge also defended his decision to not appear before the committee, noting that he was not asked to.
“As a recovering alcoholic and a cancer survivor, I have struggled with depression and anxiety,” Judge wrote. “As a result, I avoid public speaking.”
Judge, who wrote that he has not spoken to Kavanaugh in several years, said that he understood the letter was submitted under penalty of felony.
It was co-signed by Barbara Van Gelber, his attorney.