Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh hearing: What we learned

Ebony Scott
September 28, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford told congress on Thursday that she kept details of her alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh a closely-guarded secret for 36 years - and still has no idea who leaked her confidential letter about it to the media.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker made the comments as Professor Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually and physically assaulted her.

We haven't even begun Dr. Ford's testimony yet, and it is already clear from Chuck Grassley's "old man yells at cloud" rant that she will not get a fair shake today.

While Republican senators depicted her testimony as part of a partisan attack orchestrated by Democrats, they - and Kavanaugh - were careful not to attack Ford personally. "Just basic memory functions". "But I have never done that to her or to anyone", he will say on Thursday as per the prepared testimony.

Mr Kavanaugh, now 53, has denied them all and awaited his own chance to give evidence later. When Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota asked if he ever drank so much he blacked out, he snapped, "Have you?"

Blasey Ford said she managed to escape after Judge jumped on the bed, toppling the three on to the floor.

Ford said in the summer of 1982, when she was 15, she attended a small house party with four boys and one other girl. She said that Kavanaugh covered her mouth to mask her screams and that at times she anxious he'd accidentally kill her. "But I think, overall things have been conducted fairly thus far", UH law student Kristen Anderson said.

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Before Swirling approached Graham, the South Carolina Republican lamented the scrutiny that Kavanaugh has faced following the allegations. Mitchell will join in and ask questions of Kavanaugh as well.

The judge repeatedly refused to answer senators' questions about the hard-party atmosphere that has been described from his peer group at Georgetown Prep and Yale, treating them dismissively. A Kavanaugh friend stood by and they both laughed uproariously during the incident, she testified. He mocked Ford's allegations - and several others since - that have accused him of sexual impropriety.

Ford also during her sworn testimony that she was "100 percent" certain that it was Kavanaugh who attacked her.

'In a letter on August 31, 2018, Senator Feinstein wrote that she would not share the letter without my consent, ' said Ford.

Republicans are pushing to seat Kavanaugh before the November midterms, when Senate control could fall to the Democrats and a replacement Trump nominee could have even greater difficulty. The committee is now comprised of 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, leaving the majority with little margin for error - if just one Republican breaks, the nomination will be left in limbo. Manchin was among a handful of Democrats from red and purple states that Kavanaugh supporters were targeting as possible votes.

Blasey Ford said she had no political motivations.

Republicans appointed Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Ford, and she led off the questioning of Kavanaugh.

"If you wanted an FBI investigation, you could have come to us", Graham (R-SC) said, his voice shaking, as he addressed Democrats on the Judiciary Committee.

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