What Kavanaugh should say:
I’d like to take a moment to address the allegations that recently came forward from Professor Christine Blasey Ford.
First and foremost I must confess that, to my great shame, Professor Ford’s claims are absolutely true. As a 17-year-old boy I committed a crime of assault that was both reprehensible and inexcusable. No apology I can make, no words I can say, could possibly take away from my reprehensible actions. This assault robbed a teenage girl of her safety and her free agency, and I now know that she feared for her very life.
I’ve spent the last 35 years trying to put this crime behind me, to write it off as a stupid, youthful mistake that does not define the kind of man I am today in either my professional or personal life. But the truth is that we are all defined by our actions, past and present. The actions of that young man are still a part of the person I have become over the last 35 years, just as the pain and terror he caused is clearly still a part of the woman Professor Ford has become. I can’t run from that. At best I can try to make amends, and in that respect I have fallen short.
I like to think that the years of secret shame I’ve felt over that incident helped push me to follow a better path, that my desire to be a better person than I was that day guided me to a career in our hallowed justice system. I see now that I this path should have begun by working to atone for my actions against Professor Ford, because there is no atonement without open and heartfelt contrition.
Belated as it may be, I offer Professor Ford my deepest and most heartfelt apology and pray that she finds some measure of solace. As a small gesture of respect for the gravity of the situation and the benefit of the nation, I am also requesting that President Trump withdraw my name from consideration for this Supreme Court seat.
What Kavanaugh will say (through his lawyer or representative):
Justice Kavanaugh categorically and unequivocally denies Ms. Ford’s slanderous and baseless allegations, which are part of a partisan attack campaign coordinated by Democrats bent on undermining a fair and impartial judicial process.