Kavanaugh won't withdraw as judge heads for Thursday showdown hearing

Defiantly denouncing new allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him as a political 'smear,' Judge Brett Kavanaugh went on a media offensive on Monday to tell Senators and the nation that he will not withdraw from consideration for the U.S. Supreme Court, as Kavanaugh heads for a historic hearing on Thursday, which draws obvious parallels to the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Supreme Court sexual harassment showdown in 1991.

"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process," Kavanaugh wrote in a Monday letter, as he said the latest charges against him "are smears, pure and simple."

"There is now a frenzy to come up with something — anything — that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring," Kavanaugh added, as it was not clear where the votes stood on his nomination with a small group of Republican Senators.

Here's the latest on a number of fronts in the Kavanaugh confirmation battle:

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