Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh cited "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" as one of the factors motivating Democratic attempts to derail his confirmation, during what was an aggressive and animated opening statement on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
> "This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trumpand the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups," a seething Kavanaugh said.
> "This is a circus," Kavanaugh said with urgency. "The consequences will extend long past my nomination; the consequences will be with us for decades."
Kavanaugh spoke of Democratic leaders who had called him “evil” and “your worst nightmare”, The Hill reported, telling them their “words have meaning” and that “millions of Americans listen carefully” to them.
> "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 email to my wife, to make any kind of allegation against me and against my friends, to blow me up and take me down?" he asked. "You sowed the wind for decades to come."
> "The whole country will reap the whirlwind," he added.