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Ford tells senators she’s sure it was Kavanaugh

by Harvest Prude
Posted 9/27/18, 01:47 pm

For the first time, lawmakers and the public heard from professor Christine Blasey Ford in a televised hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers, gave her opening statement with emotion.

In her testimony and response to questions, she ruled out the possibility that someone other than Kavanaugh could have been the person who allegedly assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s. In response to a question from Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., she said she felt “100 percent” certain Kavanaugh was the one who assaulted her.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked what Ford remembered most about the attack. She said she recalled Kavanaugh and his classmate Mark Judge laughing: “The uproarious laughter between the two … having fun at my expense.”

Republican committee members yielded their questioning time to prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who sought to nail down the facts, but the awkward hearing format hampered her questions. Mitchell received five-minute time increments between direct questioning by Democratic committee members.

Throughout the hearing, senators fired shots across the aisle in an attempt to assign blame for the way in which the accusation became public. Ford explained she initially hoped to get her information to senators while Kavanaugh was still on the short list of potential nominees, during which time she contacted Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., who represented Ford’s district.

Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, lamented the “11th hour” reveal, calling it a “shameful way” to treat Ford’s confidentiality request. Grassley also blamed Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., for not coming forward sooner. With their time, Democratic senators fired back at Republicans for not calling for an FBI investigation. They also criticized Republicans for not subpoenaing Judge or other witnesses.

Kavanaugh will give his opening statement and be questioned in the same manner as Ford after her testimony is completed. Thursday’s hearing time is devoted only to Ford’s accusation and is not supposed to cover accusations made by two other women on his behavior while in high school and in college.

Meanwhile, protesters flocked to the Capitol, staging chants on various floors. Only staff or a slim list of pre-approved guests were allowed in the hearing room or even on the second floor of the Dirksen Senate building during the hearing.

At a news conference in New York Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump continued to push back on the accusations. When asked by reporters if he thinks “all three of those women are liars?” Trump said, “these are all false accusations to me … in certain cases.” He allowed for the possibility that he could be persuaded to the contrary.

Editor’s note: Read Harvest Prude’s report on Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.


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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

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Comments

  • news2me
    Posted: Thu, 09/27/2018 05:48 pm

    If that woman is lying just because she hates Trump that bad, it's just a shame. 

  • darlenee
    Posted: Thu, 09/27/2018 06:48 pm

    She says it happened when she was 15 but can't remember the year? Strange . . .

  • Steve SoCal
    Posted: Fri, 09/28/2018 12:57 am

    There is so little (almost nothing, really) that has been presented to support Dr. Ford's claim, other than her claim itself which leaves a LOT of basic detail out, and vastly more testimony and history to go against it.  There also seem to have been a number of inconsistencies in her written and spoken accounts of things in her allegation, as well in her recent life, that cause me to really question her credibility on this.  Credible or not, she is definitely being used, or abused, by the Democrats to try to stall the process at the last minute.  Their claims of concern for her are drowned out by their actions.

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    Cyborg3
    Posted: Fri, 09/28/2018 01:37 am

    She also claimed to be afraid of flying and that is why she delayed in coming to the hearings. Ironically, it was found out that she  has flown all over the world - Hawaii, Costa Rica, etc. Another inconsistency was her original claim that Patrick Smyth was in the room where she corrected it to say he was down stairs. She corrected the number of people at the house from 4 to 5 other people.  She corrected who may have pushed her originally saying it was Kavanaugh and saying it could have been Mark Judge too. All the people who she alleges saw her with Kavanaugh at the house all deny it. She also doesn’t remember who took her to the party, she doesn’t remember the house, and doesn’t remember the date.

    No prosecutors would levy charges against anyone with the scant evidence that they have!  Kavanaugh should be voted on and made the next Supreme Court Justice! 

  • news2me
    Posted: Fri, 09/28/2018 05:34 pm

    Hmmmm... Who is this Patrick Smyth that she wants to protect? Was he the real culprit that attacked her, and maybe even paid her off?

  • Janet B
    Posted: Fri, 09/28/2018 08:42 am

    I just can't figure out how what happened in high school, if it really happened, and with Mr. Kavanaugh, has anything to do with what he has done in his adult life and career in law. Plenty of high-schoolers act stupidly.  She did.

    I am praying that truth will prevail here, but I am afraid that in this #MeToo climate all it takes to derail a career is an accusation, true or not.

  • news2me
    Posted: Fri, 09/28/2018 05:37 pm

    I agree, except in the case of Bill Clinton. He may have been given a free ride because of Hillary, and she has milked that for all it's worth.

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