Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, is standing behind Judge Brett Kavanaugh as he faces the Senate Judiciary Committee once again, this time testifying on allegations of sexual assault leveled against him from over 30 years ago.
Ford, who appeared anxious and nervous throughout, gave an account of her memories from the night of the alleged attack, with her voice frequently breaking as she spoke.
Professor Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Sept. 27, 2018.
NBC News reports: "The hearing will begin with opening statements from the leaders of the committee, which won't have an imposed time limit". Describing the alleged assault, Ford also said she anxious that Kavanaugh might "accidentally" kill her. Yes, Grassley has provided a pro forma expression of sympathy for Ford's situation, but Feinstein is visibly and emotionally connecting with her, and parrying Grassley's complaints about her decision to protect Ford's confidentiality with largely unanswered questions about his refusal to call other witnesses. There may be several breaks.
Kavanaugh was forceful in his denial of wrongdoing during his opening statement, telling the committee that his name had been "destroyed by vicious and false ... accusations". Rachel Mitchell, a veteran sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona who asked all questions for the committee's all-male GOP senators, seemed to elicit no significant inconsistencies in her testimony.
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Christine Blasey Ford accused a drunken Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when both were teenagers at a house party. In a statement, the judge said he did not know the accuser, Julie Swetnick , and her allegations "never happened".
He has denied the allegations by Ford and two other women who have also made accusations against him since the nomination was announced.
"The last thing I want to do is take away from the pain a woman has", Jacobs said.
Dr Ford said that when she tried to yell out, he put his hand over her mouth.
She gave details of how information surrounding the incident, including her name and that of Kavanaugh, became public, saying that she "struggled with a bad choice" when trying to decide whether to release her account of events when the press reported Kavanaugh's confirmation was virtually certain.
Fox News Chief White House correspondent John Roberts tweeted that he received a statement from Kavanaugh who said Swetnick's allegations are "ridiculous and from the Twighlight Zone". "I am an independent person", she said. Kavanaugh said. "Devil's triangle", another phrase used in the yearbook, referred to a drinking game.
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After expressing concerns about her privacy earlier in the hearing, Ford told Sen. Republicans have also refused to subpoena Mark Judge, who Ford says was with Kavanaugh when the alleged assault took place.
Kavanaugh came out with guns blazing, nearly as if he could yell the sexual assault allegations away.
"The Senate Judiciary Committee held its four-day hearing from September 4th to September 7th". God, I hope you never get it.
"The serious and credible allegations of one woman should have been enough to require a complete investigation by the FBI", they argue.
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Allegations from a university professor, Christine Blasey Ford , emerged in the United States media last week. Other requests include Ford and Kavanaugh never being in the same room and Kavanaugh testifying first.