Supreme Court nominee accuser says it is "civic duty" to testify

30 September, 2018, 06:48 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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At different points in the rambling, almost 90-minute event, Trump said that the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh were "all false" and that he "could be persuaded" otherwise. He will be questioned separately later in the day.

"I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school", Ford described. He said he is doing so at Ford's request. Blasey Ford then chose to go public with her accusations in an interview with The Washington Post. "I don't know what they're referring to".

When she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17, the two ended up at the same party. When she went upstairs to use the restroom, Kavanaugh and Judge pushed her into a bedroom and locked the door. She explained that Kavanaugh and Judge were "drunkenly laughing" during the attack and she was eventually able to get up and run out of the room after Judge jumped on the bed and they all toppled over. She said he put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams. Sometimes I had too many. Trump said: "If I thought he was guilty of something like this ... yeah, sure". Kavanaugh will testify later, after her session is over. In the same remarks, the president also defended Kavanaugh and criticized the multiple allegations against the judge as a "big, fat con job" perpetrated by Democrats trying to stop the confirmation of a conservative judge to the Supreme Court. On Wednesday, Julie Swetnick became the third woman to come forward with accusations involving Kavanaugh.

Democrats quickly pounced, saying that GOP committee members are merely scared to ask questions on their own.

Kavanaugh came to the hearing having survived six FBI background investigations and more than 34 hours of previous sworn testimony.

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.

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Republicans have hired an outside attorney, Phoenix prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, to handle much of their questioning.

Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump and his confirmation would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court with disputes over abortion rights, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops possibly heading toward the justices soon.

"This is not a trial for Dr. Ford". Jeff Flake said, Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh, are "unwitting combatants in an undeclared war". Ford added that she yelled and tried to get away as Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes.

But Thursday was the first time the public could hear directly from Ford.

"You have given America an incredible teaching moment", Sen.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Friday on recommending Kavanaugh to the full Senate for confirmation, but committee chair Sen. "In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now", Mr Kavanaugh said. "That's a lot of wisdom from a 10-year-old", he said choking up.

"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter, the laughter between the two".

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"I want to watch, I want to see", he said at a news conference in NY.

Republicans argue that Ford's allegation - as well as the claims of the other women - are part of a "smear campaign" created to block Kavanaugh from the court. "And no, I've never done anything like that".

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Thursday's hearing on Capitol Hill drew widespread, passionate interest.

SNELL: That was part of a large number of documents that were released late last night.

INSKEEP: Christine Blasey Ford giving testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. What is also true is that many of those same women who stormed Washington, backed Bill Clinton for decades, after women credibly accused him of sexual harassment and assault.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said all week that Republicans will turn to a committee vote on Mr Kavanaugh after the hearing.

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At first, during the freewheeling questioning from reporters at the 2018 U.N. General Assembly, Trump painted the accusations against Kavanaugh as purely partisan and faulted Democrats that the allegations had come to the surface in the first place.


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