Deborah Ramirez sends message of love to Dr. Ford before hearing

Geraldine Edwards
September 28, 2018

Ms Ford's quiet and exacting testimony was applauded for its use of scientific logic as she explained to the Judiciary Committee why she was 100% confident in her recollection that her assailant was Brett Kavanaugh. But she said the details have "haunted" her into adulthood.

Ramirez said that at a college party, Kavanaugh exposed his penis and thrust it in her face.

"Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming". Sometimes I had too many.

Judge's lawyer, Barbara Van Gelder, said in a statement, "Mr. Judge vehemently denies the allegations contained in the Swetnick affidavit".

But Ramirez's lawyers wrote that their client "repeatedly has asked the Committee to speak with her about a process by which she can be heard by Committee members".

The release also outlines a number of others the committee has interviewed, including friends of Kavanaugh and those who know the women who have lodged accusations against him. "I did not want to tell my parents ..."

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The latest accusations came Wednesday from Julie Swetnick, who alleged in a sworn statement that Kavanaugh would drink to excess and "engage in abusive behavior" toward teenage girls when he was in high school at Georgetown Preparatory School in North Bethesda, Maryland.

Kavanaugh was due to testify later in the day. This whole media circus, which Christine Blasey Ford lamented on Thursday, is arguably Feinstein's fault.

Trump's remarks underscored the complexity of the moment, as Republicans continue their efforts to install conservatives on the high court.

The panel is scheduled to hold a hearing on Thursday on the accusations, ahead of a vote Friday on Kavanaugh's nomination. Republicans control the Senate 51-49 and can lose only one vote for Kavanaugh to prevail if all Democrats vote "no".

The Republicans have refused to call additional witnesses for Prof.

Ford has alleged that Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, was in the room watching and laughing. Trump was also caught on tape in 2005 boasting of grabbing women by their genitals and kissing them without permission. We've been trying to investigate other allegations.

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Republican Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the committee, said at the opening of the hearing that he wanted it to be "safe comfortable and dignified for both of our witnesses". "And you have to address that one issue only asking two questions", he said. I am innocent of this charge. I am terrified. 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.

But some Republicans have expressed reservations about rushing through Justice Kavanaugh's nomination. He also apologized for the harsh treatment - which has included death threats - that both Ford and Kavanaugh have endured. Republicans from OR and Vermont voted against Thomas.

According to NBC News on Tuesday Judge Kavanaugh was questioned about the anonymous complaint during a phone conversation with Senate Judiciary Committee Staff. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy asked. Blasey Ford whether there was any chance she had mistaken the identity of her attacker.

The second allegation, raised by Whitehouse, alleges that in 1985 "a close acquaintance of the constituent was sexually assaulted by two heavily inebriated men she referred to at the time as Brett and Mark".

"So I want to apologise to you both for the way you've been treated".

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