Brett Kavanaugh unwilling to answer questions on FBI investigation, Mark Judge

Arturo Kim
September 28, 2018

In his opening remarks, Kavanaugh shouted at the Senate Judiciary Committee-particularly at Democrats, who he implied stoked negative reactions after his nomination hearings several weeks ago. "I am an independent person and no one's pawn", she said.

She said she was terrified to come forward but did so because she felt it was her civic duty.

Mr Kavanaugh, now 53, has denied them all and awaited his own chance to give evidence later.

As an often vocal critic of President Donald Trump's and without the pressure of running for re-election, Flake has proved that he has no qualms about breaking with his party.

Republican senators are aware of the risks of alienating women during this hearing: the all-male Republican side of the Judiciary Committee had a woman prosecutor come to the hearing to question Ford instead of them, in part to avoid the optics of a group of men challenging a woman on a past sexual assault.

"The allegations raised by Dr. Ford and Ms. Ramirez against Judge Kavanaugh are serious, merit further review, and I believe should be investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation", he said in a statement. She said Kavanaugh held her down, put his hand over her mouth to silence her, and tried to remove her clothes.

Said Swetnick in the affadavit: "I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their "turn" with a girl inside the room".

She said her most powerful memory was "the uproarious laughter between the two, and them having fun at my expense".

Paterson said she knows the importance of not being alone and being believed.

The mood was intense as Kavanaugh's voice filled the room for the extraordinary session, unlike Ford's quiet testimony. "I have never done this to her or to anyone", he said.

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Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in the 1980s, a charge the nominee has repeatedly denied. Additionally, there were lingering questions about whether Deborah Ramirez , Kavanaugh's second accuser, would testify.

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In fact, both she and Mr Kavanaugh have received death threats.

Although Ford appeared before senators who seemed already decided whether they would vote for or against Kavanaugh, her recounting of the attack she said happened in the summer of 1982 was challenging to hear.

"To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you're legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics", he said.

"He asserts the truth in a prepared statement but can't seem to handle questions he has to have known were coming", she added.

Mitchell's attempt to draw out a counter-narrative - mainly that Ford was coordinating with Democrats - was disrupted by the panel's decision to allow alternating five-minute rounds of questions from Democratic senators.

Before Ms Ford began, committee chairman Chuck Grassley defended the Republicans' handling of the confirmation proceedings so far.

Senators emerged from Thursday's hearing bitterly split into those tribes, with Democrats persuaded by Blasey's calm and unflustered account of being shoved onto a bed, pawed, almost stripped and prevented from screaming for help, while Republicans were moved by Kavanaugh, who bristled with red-faced outrage and grievance at what he called an orchestrated campaign to destroy his life. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, after Ford testified about her allegation over the course of four hours.

In both instances, a respected and successful female professor reluctantly came forward with "11th-hour" allegations of past sexual misconduct against a Republican nominee to the high court.

"You needed to go to the cops", Graham said. Encouraged by Trump, he embraced Thomas' approach of confrontation and anger, appealing to his tribe by adopting the narrative of the president who nominated him and the base that supports him.

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