Senate Hearing With Brett Kavanaugh And Christine Blasey Ford Begins

Geraldine Edwards
September 30, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh's fate may well be determined in the next 8 hours, after the showdown in the Senate Judiciary Committee between the Supreme Court nominee and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, have also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct and their allegations will also likely be discussed at the hearing.

President Donald Trump answers questions in a NY press conference. Ford's attorney Debra Katz said her client considers the alleged incident to be an "attempted rape". "I know all too painfully that being a person of faith does not stop men from being sexual predators". In her declaration, Swetnick says she told at least two other people of what happened to her.

In early July 2018, Ford said, she saw press reports of Kavanaugh shortlisted for potential Supreme Court nominees. Not because there shouldn't be an investigation, she said, but because the committee hearing creates a false equivalency between Kavanaugh's and Ford's stories when an extensive FBI investigation is needed.

Ford also during her sworn testimony that she was "100 percent" certain that it was Kavanaugh who attacked her.

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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. He also apologized for the harsh treatment - which has included death threats - that both Ford and Kavanaugh have endured.

He added: "It's possible that I'll hear that and I'll say I'm changing my mind". "I'm confident we're going to win, confident that he'll be confirmed in the very near future".

The almost 50 reporters squeezed into tables on the room's outer edges where they could furiously type her words into their laptops had also been reduced in numbers to fit into a space smaller than the one usually used for such blockbuster hearings. Trump's message when he spoke with Kavanaugh, a source familiar with the call said, was to be aggressive and forceful in his denials, and not afraid to push back on the allegations.

Trump said that if lawmakers had moved faster, "you wouldn't be talking about it right now, which is frankly what I would have preferred".

Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Ford are the only witnesses invited to give evidence before the panel of 11 Republicans - all men - and 10 Democrats.

Ford has accused Kavanaugh of pinning her to a bed, trying to take off her clothes and covering her mouth when she tried to scream for help at a house party in 1982.

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In fact, more than a dozen women came forward during the 2016 campaign, claiming they were assaulted, groped or kissed without consent by Mr Trump.

Kavanaugh, whose nomination was in serious jeopardy after bombshell new accusations by another woman emerged yesterday charging that the judge engaged in sexually abusive behavior when he was a teenager, has vehemently denied the allegations.

Ford said she was finally able to escape and rushed out of the house with an "enormous sense of relief" that the duo did not follow her.

They include Senator Jeff Flake, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In her statement, Swetnick said she previously worked for the Vietnam War Commemoration under the Department of Defense; the US Mint; the IRS; Customs and Border Protection; the State Department; and the DC government.

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I am innocent of this charge". " Brett Kavanaugh ", Ford responded by email, according to Koegler, her son's baseball team coach. The affidavit said she has clearances to work with multiple federal agencies, including the Treasury Department.

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