Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh writes that he knows he might have been "too emotional" in Senate testimony last week because he says he was "overwhelmingly frustrated."
Kavanaugh has written an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal — his first public comments since testifying about the sexual assault allegations made against him.
"Yes, I was emotional last Thursday. I hope everyone can understand I was there as a son, husband, and dad. ... I know that my tone was sharp and I said a few things I should not have said," Kavanaugh writes.
"My hearing testimony was forceful and passionate. That is because I forcefully and passionately denied the allegation against me."
As senators get ready to vote whether to confirm him to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh again defended his record as an an appeals court judge, declaring himself "independent and impartial."
"I have always treated colleagues and litigants with the utmost respect. I have been known for my courtesy on and off the bench ... if confirmed by the Senate to serve on the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case and always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the America rule of law," he wrote.