Kavanaugh Confirmation Odds Tank After Blasey Ford’s Testimony

Kavanaugh Confirmation Odds Tank After Blasey Ford’s Testimony

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday./C-SPAN screenshot.

The committee will also hear from Kavanaugh, who has categorically denied all of the charges, issued statements reiterating that denial and appeared on Fox News to specifically say he did not attack Ford.

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Chuck Grassley opened the hearing with an apology to both Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh. She began by expressing sympathy for Ford, who'd said she was "terrified" to testify, saying, "I just wanted to let you know, I'm very sorry". That's the year when Ford says she believes the assault occurred.

Blasey Ford, wearing glasses and a sober dark blue suit, recounted the alleged assault from the witness table in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room.


Collins walked into that meeting carrying a copy of Julie Swetnick's signed declaration, which included fresh accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh and his high school friend Mark Judge. So, I've gathered 25 photos of the protests that speak for themselves, and prove tha Blasey-Ford has thousands of Americans standing behind her.

Both Kavanaugh and Judge were laughing, and they both seemed to be having a good time, Ford said.

When Feinstein asked if there is any chance she has mistakenly identified Kavanaugh, Ford said "absolutely not".

"Brett and Mark came into the bedroom and locked the door behind them", she said.


Ford and Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge picked by Trump in July for a lifetime job on the high court, were the only two witnesses scheduled.

Democratic senators, who praised the credibility of her testimony and called her courageous for coming forward, sought to score political points during their five minutes apiece of questioning Ford.

She also said she didn't tell her parents what had happened immediately because she didn't want to reveal that she was at a house party where alcohol was present and because Kavanaugh hadn't raped her. "It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me". She said she feared the personal consequences would be akin to "jumping in front of a train". Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that her certainty was "100 percent". "The uproarious laughter between the two and they're having fun at my expense", she said, her voice quaking.

Instead of questioning Ford themselves, Republicans hired Rachel Mitchell, the Arizona sex crimes prosecutor, to question Ford. Mitchell asked some questions of Kavanaugh, but Republican committee members then took over their own questioning.


Kavanaugh strongly denies all the charges. Ford's allegations are not only uncorroborated, they are "refuted", he said. "To determine whether Judge Kavanaugh should be elevated to one of the most powerful positions in our country".

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