Brett Kavanaugh hearing: Mark Judge responds to Christine Blasey Ford testimony

28 September, 2018, 21:57 | Author: Kara Nash
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Thursday evening, the ABA urged the Judiciary Committee to proceed with a confirmation vote "only after an appropriate background check into the allegations made by Professor Ford and others is completed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

A note to Christine Blasey Ford is seen on stationary in the Senate Judiciary Committee's room on Capitol Hill Sept. 26, in Washington, DC, during preparations one day before the hearing with Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

"This isn't easy for anybody", Flake told reporters after the testimony on Thursday.

A third woman, Julie Swetnick, has also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Unlike Ford, the woman said, she reported the rape to local police.

After a harrowing day of a sexual assault survivor bearing her soul and the accused claiming it's a "Clinton conspiracy" and crying about calendars, Republicans are going full steam ahead with putting Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court for life.

And outside Congress, even many prominent conservatives were willing to praise Ford.

Since Ford's claims became public September 16, two other women have come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh. "This will boil down to the honest credibility of someone with nothing to gain versus the honest credibility of someone with everything to lose". Trump's tweet did not mention Ford.

Moira Donegan, a writer and prominent voice in the #MeToo movement, said Ford struck a chord among American women.


TV footage shows Mr Flake, of Arizona, being blocked from closing the elevator door as one woman berated him, saying 'Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me'. The memory - and Kavanaugh's laughter during the act - was "locked" in her brain, she said: "100 percent".

The American Bar Association wants a delay on the vote to allow the FBI to investigate the claims by Prof Ford.

The Hawaii senator also sent a fundraising email while the hearing was in session, prompting criticism that she was trying to use Ford's testimony to help her re-election campaign.

Here's an evolving count of which senators are voting for Brett Kavanaugh. She appeared to be close to tears at times, but she was firm and dignified throughout.

Ford was seated at a table in the packed hearing room flanked by her lawyers, facing a bank of senators.

It had already raised the initial target of $150,000 before the hearing and that jumped about $250,000 on Thursday to over $412,000 - from a total of 8,888 people with average donations of about $46. The Baltimore Sun does not name victims of sexual assault. She told the senators she was "terrified" to testify but felt it was her civic duty to come forward.

"Just seeing how vulnerable she is, it strikes me how cruel all the attacks on her have been", said Lake, 38, who was sexually assaulted in her teens. However, she was discouraged by local detectives, she said.

Democrats were incensed in their remarks Friday about the partisan nature of Kavanaugh's pushback, but Shah said that Kavanaugh "was correctly and rightly pointing out how broken this process is".

"In high school she was a bright, amusing teen navigating the hard-partying private school circuit who went on to her pursuit of an insular career as a West Coast academic".

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