Kavanaugh denies Ford's accusations

Geneva Stokes
October 1, 2018

Across the USA, people spent the day rapt, watching or listening to the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Testifying less than an hour after one of his accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, concluded her account of a drunken Kavanaugh holding her against her will at a high school party and sexually assaulting her, he began his defiant testimony in an emphatic voice that crackled with anger before giving way to tears.

The judge, however, has "unequivocally and categorically" denied Dr Ford's allegation and called himself a victim of "grotesque and obvious character assassination".

More than a 1,000 fellow Holton-Arms high school graduates have also lent their support for fellow graduate Dr Ford and their belief in her accusations through a letter presented to Senator Shelley Moore Capito.

"For 12 years, everyone who has appeared before me on the D.C. Circuit has praised my judicial temperament", Kavanaugh told the Judiciary Committee members on Thursday.

Also, The New York Times deleted and apologized for a tweet that asked readers to vote on whether they thought Ford's testimony credible.

"Democrats' search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist", Trump wrote.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on Friday, potentially advancing him to a wider Senate vote and eventual confirmation to the Supreme Court.

"I strongly object. What a railroad job", said Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono, after the decision.

"This confirmation process has become a national disgrace". Deborah Ramirez, who came forward with sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, has been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a statement from her attorney, John Clune.

Asserting that she felt it was her "civic duty" to share her story, Ford said at the age of 15 she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh in 1982 at a party. Jon Tester - have both announced they would oppose Kavanaugh.

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"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter", said Ford, who is a research psychologist, "the uproarious laughter between the two".

Like many Americans, employees at the White House were riveted on the testimony of Kavanaugh and Ford throughout the day.

Mitchell began the questioning of Kavanaugh as well, but Republican senators soon chose to ask their own questions, and use their time to defend Trump's high court nominee.

After a day where Ford said she was "100 percent" sure that Kavanaugh had attacked her and Kavanaugh gave the exact same percentage of certainty that he hadn't done it, there was some question about whether any minds had been changed where it counted, in the Senate. Jeff Flake asked for Kavanaugh's nomination to be delayed on the Senate floor by one week in order to ask for an FBI investigation.

Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, pressed Mr Kavanaugh about his high school yearbook and the "drinking" and "sexual exploits" it mentions.

When the committee's top Democrat, Sen.

"If Monica Lewinsky says that she gave you oral sex on nine occasions in the Oval Office area, would she be lying?"

During Clarence Thomas's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, his onetime aide Anita Hill testified that Thomas spoke with her in lurid detail about pornographic films, and that he "told me graphically of his own sexual prowess". This first allegation was held in secret for weeks by a Democratic member of this committee and by staff.

As to whether he had a message for undecided senators like Collins and Murkowski, Trump said "they have to do what they think is right" and be comfortable with themselves. Ford's attorneys told the panel that they paid for the polygraph, and that they were representing her pro bono.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had been a swing vote on a court now divided between four conservative and four liberal justices.

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