The day after the allegation appeared, I told this committee that I wanted a hearing as soon as possible to clear my name. I demanded a hearing, for the very next day. Unfortunately, it took the committee ten days to get to this hearing. In those ten long days, as was predictable, and as I predicted, my family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations.
The ten day delay has been harmful to me and my family, to the Supreme Court, and to the country. A former head of the Democratic National Committee said, quote, Judge Kavanaugh will threaten the lives on millions of Americans for decades to come.
I understand the passions of the moment. But I would say to those senators, your words have meaning. Millions of Americans listened carefully to you. Given comments like those, is it any surprise, that people have been willing to do anything, to make any physical threat against my family, to send any violent E-mail to my wife?
To make any kind of allegation against me, and against my friends, to blow me up, and take me down. You sowed the wind. For decades to come, I fear that the whole country will reap the whirlwind.