Ford, Kavanaugh and a Senate hearing

Arturo Kim
September 28, 2018

After seeing Ford's testimony, White House aides and allies expressed concern that Kavanaugh would have an uphill climb to deliver a strong enough showing.

He says that both "they and their families have received vile threats" which are "unacceptable and a poor reflection on the state of civility in our democracy".

Both instances were in response to questions from Democratic senators who were trying to reinforce Ford's credibility as Kavanaugh's accuser.

He made the comments at a news conference in NY a day before Judge Brett Kavanaugh was set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.

Kavanaugh's statement will call other allegations against him "last-minute smears" and "grotesque and obvious character assassination".

Kavanaugh's opening statement: Read it here.

"I was pushed into a bedroom and was locked in the room and rush onto a bed", she wrote.

Kavanaugh supporter Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, was asked as he left a closed-door luncheon attended by Vice President Mike Pence whether GOP senators remained united behind Kavanaugh. Blasey Ford's request for an FBI investigation into the allegations.

"This confirmation process has become a national disgrace", Kavanaugh said with anger.

Professor Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Sept. 27, 2018. He says, "This is a circus". Republicans on the Judiciary Committee released a document detailing their investigative work that showed they had interviewed two separate men who said they believed that they, not Judge Kavanaugh, assaulted Ford.

"I don't have all the answers", Ford said.

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Committee staff also spoke by phone "with another man who believes he, not Judge Kavanuagh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of her allegation".

When Sen. Patrick Leahy asked for her strongest memory of the incident, Ford, 51, replied, "Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter".

I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford.

Wallace said Mitchell was treating the hearing like a court deposition, getting Ford on the record and asking her about details, as opposed to pressing her or calling into question any of her claims.

"I thought it was my civic duty to relay the information I had about Mr Kavanaugh's conduct".

"He began running his hands over my body and grinding into me", she said. He called Ford's accusations, and those by the other women who have come forward, "false and uncorroborated". But the letter was leaked to the press, and she ultimately chose to come forward. She then decided that she should speak out to tell her story in her own words. "Her ex-boyfriend fraudulently used her resume to apply for and obtain jobs and was caught by her", said Avenatti.

Along with the polygraph examination, Ford and her attorneys sent over four signed declarations late Tuesday from people she told about the alleged sexual assault over the years in hopes to support her claims.

Sexual assault is horrific. She will testify first, giving an opening statement before questioning by senators and by an outside lawyer, Rachel Mitchell, hired by the panel's 11 all-male Republicans to handle much of their questioning.

After Ford shared her version of the alleged assault, examiners applied three separate numerical scoring systems to the polygraph test results.

Kavanaugh denied ever having been on a boat in Newport.

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