Breaking Down The Kavanaugh Hearings | On Point

28 September, 2018, 12:25 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Vice President Mike Pence an evangelical Christian escorts Brett Kavanaugh to meet with members of the U.S. Senate.- OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT

Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.

She also said she didn't tell her parents what had happened immediately because she didn't want to reveal that she was at a house party where alcohol was present and because Kavanaugh hadn't raped her.

"When I see it, I view it differently than someone sitting home watching television where they say, 'Oh, Judge Kavanaugh this and that'".

Trump defended Kavanaugh, now a federal appeals court judge, at a NY news conference, but the president's comments injected another note of uncertainty into Kavanaugh's already troubled bid for a lifetime appointment to the nation's highest court. He is expected to testify later in the day.

In her written testimony, Ford describes the long path her accusations took from her private outreach earlier this year to her public appearance on Thursday, and her reluctance to appear before the committee.

Kavanaugh's comments Thursday came in an extraordinary, 45-minute opening statement in which he repeatedly expressed rancor toward Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Feinstein thanked Ford for her 'strength and bravery in coming forward.' The California senator said 60 percent of sexual assaults go unreported, and when women do report them, 'too often, women's memories and credibility are put under assault'.

"They were laughing with each other", she continued. "Nor did we ever observe Brett engaging in any conduct resembling that described in Ms. Swetnick's declaration", the letter says, calling her accusations "nonsense". "I eventually was able to get up the gumption with the help of some friends and get on the plane", she said.

"This was what terrified me the most and has had the most lasting impact on my life", she said.

"It's possible I'll hear that and say hey, I'm changing my mind". "He had a hard time because he was very inebriated". She said she was pushed into a bedroom where Kavanaugh "began running his hands over my body and grinding into me".

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After the hearing took a short break, Wallace said Ford was extremely emotional, raw and credible in her testimony and the first round of questioning.

Ford told senators she has no doubt that it was Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who accosted her on a bed at a party in 1982.

Kavanaugh told the committee that he "intend [s] no ill will toward Dr. Ford" and that one of his daughters suggested she and her sister pray for Ford.

In the same breath that Grassley claimed to have not had cooperation from attorneys for the other alleged victims, he said he had been in close contact with Blasey's attorneys.

"So I want to apologize to you both for the way you've been treated".

Mr Trump's remarks underscored the complexity of the moment, as Republicans seek to continue their efforts to install conservatives on the high court. Dianne Feinstein, will deliver opening statements at the start of the hearing. Trump's fellow Republicans control the chamber by a narrow 51-49 margin.

"I thought he might inadvertently kill me", Ford recalled in the article. "It seemed like the time to say what I wanted to say". Blasey Ford, to avoid the spectacle of a group of men interrogating her.

"I have been accused of acting out of partisan political motives", she added. Kavanaugh has adamantly denied the allegations, which he said were "from The Twilight Zone", and says he doesn't know who Swetnick is.

"I am a fiercely independent person and I am no one's pawn", she said. Since then, at least two other women have come forward with similar accusations.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, and he's set to address the committee later Thursday.

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