Kavanaugh calls certain allegations against him a ‘joke’ and a ‘farce’

Faith Castro
September 28, 2018

In the opening scene, sitting center stage in the chilly Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room, was Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the president's Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault when he was 17.

When Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, the Republican members of the committee sat in silence.

The letter was the first time Ford says she told anyone other than her husband and therapist that Kavanaugh was the man who allegedly sexually assaulted her in high school in the early 1980s.

After seeing Ford's powerful testimony, White House aides and allies expressed concern that Kavanaugh, whose nomination already seemed to be teetering, would have an uphill climb to deliver a strong enough showing to match hers. "Just basic memory functions".

Graham said he was sorry for what happened to Swirling and that she needed to go to the authorities.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, and other sexual assault accusations from two other women.

Asked about the judge's chances at tomorrow morning's vote, Sen.

Blasey Ford said she managed to escape after Judge jumped on the bed, toppling the three on to the floor.

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The psychology professor described what she says was a harrowing assault in the summer of 1982: How an inebriated Kavanaugh and another teen, Mark Judge, locked her in a room at a house party as Kavanaugh was grinding and groping her. She said that Kavanaugh covered her mouth to mask her screams and that at times she anxious he'd accidentally kill her.

After an awkward pause, Mitchell explained the line of questioning: "I ask that because it's been reported by the press that you would not submit to an interview with the committee because of your fear of flying", she said. Judge has said does not recall the incident.

"To my Republican colleagues", he shouted, voice cracking and visibly exercised about the public excavation of Kavanaugh's high school days and allegations against him, "If you vote no, you're legitimizing the most despicable thing I've seen in my time in politics".

Cornyn explained her absence, saying there was "some frustration among the senators that they thought there were arguments that needed to be made, that she frankly was not equipped to make".

Both Republicans and Democrats have admitted the confirmation process has been unfair to both Kavanaugh and Ford, whose personal lives have been cast in the spotlight. She has also said she's in support of delaying a vote for an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh. Echoing Ford, he said he was "100 percent certain" he did not commit the assault. The committee is now comprised of 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, leaving the majority with little margin for error - if just one Republican breaks, the nomination will be left in limbo.

Republicans appointed Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Ford, and she led off the questioning of Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh's scorched-earth strategy gave President Donald Trump what he wanted: a nominee willing to fight back aggressively and yield no ground to Democrats. Again, process. And again, something that may seem off the point to viewers.

An analysis of social media sentiment conducted by the Ipsos polling firm using an artificial intelligence prototype found that positive sentiment directed toward Ford increased each time she spoke, said pollster Chris Jackson.

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