WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) released the following statement after the conclusion of the today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing: 

“I had the opportunity to watch the hearing today and listened carefully to both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh testify.  I believe allegations of sexual assault should be taken very seriously, and Dr. Ford deserved the opportunity to tell her story and be heard.  I believe my job is to assess the facts that we have before us, and that’s very difficult when no corroboration exists regarding this allegation.  Judge Kavanaugh has adamantly denied the allegation.  The only three others named by Dr. Ford as being present, including Leland Keyser, who Dr. Ford described as one of her lifelong friends, have no recollection of this event or this party.  In fact, Ms. Keyser says she was never at a party with Brett Kavanaugh and, in fact, does not know Brett Kavanaugh.  Dozens of men and women who knew Brett Kavanaugh in high school have attested to his good character.  This includes 65 women who knew him at that time who wrote a letter saying the Brett Kavanaugh they knew treated women with decency and respect.  In America there is a presumption of innocence when there is no evidence to corroborate a charge.  Throughout his decades of public service, Judge Kavanaugh has been thoroughly vetted by the FBI on six different occasions, and no such allegation ever surfaced.  I have known Judge Kavanaugh for more than 15 years, I know his wife Ashley, and I know his family.  The Brett Kavanaugh I know is a man of integrity and humility.  He also has the right qualifications and experience to serve on the Supreme Court.  In fact, the American Bar Association has given him their highest rating, unanimously. I support his confirmation.”