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Brett Kavanaugh and attack claims testimony: the Highlights
Highlights: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies against Christine Blasey Ford of sexual assault against him claims
A visibly angry and emotional Brett Kavanaugh denied, under oath, that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford, say senators Thursday his name was “completely and finally destroyed” by these “false” accusations – after his accuser testified, “a hundred percent” sure that he tried to force himself on her 36 years ago.
The dramatically conflicting statements are delivered, the call of the Senate judiciary Committee in dramatic testimony, carried echoes of 1991, Anita Hill hearings, the left-senators, a judgment on the story. Kavanaugh’s confirmation process was plunged into chaos, of the 11-hour charges, and it remains unclear whether the negotiation sway save enough senators to confirm.
Kavanaugh let loose in his hearing appearance, waiver, much of his prepared remarks to blast the process as a “disgrace” and a “circus”, and later in sparring with Democratic senators. The hearing ended on Thursday evening after eight hours worth of testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh.
“This confirmation process is a national disgrace,” Kavanaugh became the Committee said. “The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process. But the advice and the consent with a search and destroy have been replaced.”
Earlier in the same hearing room, Ford appeared in public for the first time to testify, their accusations and said that the legislature in unequivocal terms, that the Supreme Court nominee “sexually harassed me.” She insisted that she was not mistaking him for another person.
“Board the attack on me drastically changed my life,” Ford said before the Committee.
But Kavanaugh described the accusations of Ford and others, as part of a calculated political hit provided by the Democrats, as he is too close to confirmation.
“I am innocent of this charge,” he said. Kavanaugh told senators he “categorically and unequivocally” denied the allegations since they aired for the first.
He described the toll taken by these fees, above all others, that in the last days: “My family and my name was completely and permanently destroyed by devious and wrong additional charges.”
The hearing lasted until late in the afternoon, the procedure got more heated. In a tense exchange, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., always Kavanaugh asked for the support of an FBI investigation. “If there is no truth to the cost of the FBI investigation will show that,” Durbin said. “That you might not have you afraid of?”
After the Durbin comments, a fired-up Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S. C., cut in the Democrats. “This is the immoral hypocrisy, since I have been in politics,” Graham said, raising his voice for the Democrats. “And if you really wanted to know the truth, you wouldn’t have sure as hell done, what you have done to this guy.”
At another point, sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Kavanaugh, “judge, I can’t think of an embarrassing scandal for the Senate of the United States since the McCarthy hearings.”
If Rhode Island Democratic sen Sheldon Whitehouse pressed again and again, Kavanaugh about alcohol, shot back to the candidate: “I like beer. I don’t know if you like beer, senator, or not? What would you like to drink?”
Similarly, when Minnesota sen Amy Klobuchar, asked Kavanaugh whether he ever blacked out when drinking, Kavanaugh said no, and then said, “I’m curious whether you have?”
“I said no alcohol problem, judge,” Klobuchar.
“Still, I would like to,” Kavanaugh said.
Later in the hearing, after a short Pause, Kavanaugh expressed his regret about his question.
“I’m sorry, I have,” he said to Klobuchar. “This is a tough process.”
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Evaluated statement, including told how his 10-year-old daughter, said Ford choked again and again in his opening, “We should pray for the woman.”
At another point, Kavanaugh said, “I’m never going back to my reputation. My life is completely and permanently changed.” Cornyn replied, “judge, don’t give up.”
Kavanaugh insisted that the allegations are true, and said, “I’ve still never bothered to sexually nobody.” He added, “I’m not going to intimidate me, in withdrawal of this process.”
Kavanaugh, refuted a number of claims from Ford, who said he tried to rape her at a party in 1982: Kavanaugh, he didn’t run in the same amount as the Ford; he refers, that the other is listed as in the party, said later that, you’ll recall, he pointed out, such as Ford recall, where the party was or how it came there; and he said to his personal calendar from the time did not specify he attends a party, as described above.
“I’m not out of the question that Dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by any person in any place, at any time,” he said. “But I’ve never done this before, to you or to anyone. This is not who I am, it is who I was. I am innocent of this charge.”
Ford, however, was equally adamant in standing of your account. Also, you choked at times, but expressed confidence that under continued questioning, the judge who had attacked them.
“So, what you are telling us that this is not a case of mistaken identity?” Sen Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., bat.
“Absolutely not,” Ford replied. She added sure, you are “100 per cent”, it was Kavanaugh who had attacked them.
As your certificate of destruction has been said, Ford was pressed by the questioner to Rachel Mitchell about how the four people named by Ford as to the party, you have no memory of the event. You dismiss the importance of, say, “nothing remarkable happened” two of them this evening; the other two are the ones to be blamed.
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And in a striking moment, Ford said a woman, her friend Leland Ingham, has “significant health challenges” and is always the treatment. Ford said Ingham texted an apology after the incident, she claimed no memory of the party, while she said she wouldn’t expect her to remember the incident, because she was on the ground floor.
The partisan divide on the allegations was on full display, with Democrats assured Ford that they will help you. “I would like to say thank you for your courage and I want you to, I believe you,” California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris said Ford during the hearing.
The Republicans expressed are still sceptical about the allegations but not Ford self-criticise. Cornyn said, according to her testimony, he found no reason” to look for them, not credible”, but said, “there are obvious gaps in your story.” Graham said he was not convinced: “I did not find, to what your allegations are substantiated against Mr..”
In her opening speech, Ford choked, as you described, grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, and hang out with boys from various schools in the area, including Kavanaugh, “the boy who sexually harassed me.”
Ford described a drunken Kavanaugh attack on her in the 1980s at a high school party. She told senators, she thought that the Board had a chance to kill me.” Ford said she was able to run away.
On Thursday, Ford said she was horrified, “” to detail their accusations but it was felt their “civic duty.”
She continued, “I thought he wanted to rape me.”
Ford Kavanaugh said your trapped in a room, while a friend, Mark judge, was not present. Ford said the strongest memory she had of the event was the “uproarious laughter between the two was, and you are having fun at my expense.”
Thursday’s hearing is days of negotiations between Senate Republicans and the Ford-lawyers – in the midst of a rather lurid last-minute allegations from other women who have accused Kavanaugh of inappropriate sexual behavior in high school and college.
The shares for Kavanaugh, could not be higher: the key swing-vote senators, said Thursday the hearing would be a crucial opportunity to assess Ford’s credibility, and determine whether pre-Kavanaugh to the nation’s highest court.
Republicans retained Mitchell, an experienced sex-crimes Prosecutor who treat some of your questioning, in the hope of avoiding it would help, which is obviously a very political atmosphere. The Republicans, represented by Mitchell, Ford for obvious inconsistencies or holes in the story.
In a curious exchange, Ford, you are not admitted to personally pay for the polygraph test she took in August, and said, you know who did it. Later in the hearing, her lawyer, Debra Katz has paid Ford said, “lawyers, for your lie detector.”
Another Ford-lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said during the hearing that Ford’s lawyers are working pro bono.
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Pressed by Mitchell, Ford said she could not be more specific about the date of the incident, other than it was probably in 1982.
“I can’t give you the exact date,” she said.
After questioning Mitchell, Ford said, the area of the party was probably about a 20-minute drive from her parents ‘ house. You said, someone probably drove it, but she couldn’t remember who it was.
“Has anyone come forward to say, ‘hey, remember, I was the one who drove you home?” Mitchell asked.
“No,” Ford replied.
Mitchell Ford pressed reported on her comments, she was reluctant to share, in an interview with the Commission, because of her fear of flying. Asked how she recognized traveled from California to Washington for a Thursday hearing, Ford’s, they flew.
“I was finally able to get the gumption with the help of some friends and get on the plane,” she said. Ford admitted she flies regularly, including once in a year during the summer to visit family on the East coast.
The hearing, which was in doubt, this was the first opportunity for the public to see, Ford, person, explain in detail what they claimed happened at the Maryland house party in the year 1982, where Kavanaugh is a plan jumped, allegedly, on you and tried to muffle her cries — and why anyone about the episode until 2012.
“He started with his hands over my body and grinding into me,” Ford testified on Thursday, describing this day. “I tried to run away from him, but his weight was too heavy. Board groped me and tried to undress me.”
You said that you finally got away, lock herself in the bathroom as the two finally went down the stairs.
In her opening statement, Ford said, she remembered the “four boys” in the party, including one whose name I don’t remember.” The people you have comrades have refused to name — Kavanaugh and his class, Mark Richter, and P. J. Smyth — to know, under the penalty of crime, something about the alleged episode.
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Ford also called a girl, “my friend Leland Ingham,” as well as in the participation. Ingham, in a previously released statement, has denied to know, Kavanaugh, or the information about the alleged attack.
Ford told senators, she finally decided to disclose, the alleged attacks during a therapy session in 2012, because in the case of a renovation of your house this year, she insisted on the Installation of a “second door” — and her husband and the other questions why.
Chairman of the legal Committee, Chuck Grassley launched on Thursday with much-anticipated hearing before the panel, noting that past FBI background checks of Kavanaugh turned up no evidence of wrongdoing.
“Nowhere is checked in this six-FBI-reports Committee-investigator on a cross-party basis, there was a hint of any issue,” Grassley said.
Feinstein, the Committee’s top Democrat, defended her decision not to turn over the allegations, the earlier for the FBI and other legislators. They said Ford wanted to be that it is “confidential.”
Although they learned of the allegations in July, Feinstein did not disclose to their Senate colleagues, or Federal authorities until days before an important Committee on the rights of Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote earlier this month.
Ford said on Thursday that they decided to go public with their allegations, reporters staking out started in your home and your work.
The proceedings were initiated by current developments: In a statement Wednesday afternoon, Judiciary Committee Republicans released revealed that on Monday, they conducted interviews with two separate men, and not Kavanaugh, claimed the meeting with Dr. Ford in the year 1982.
In response, a help to Democrats on the legislative Committee discharged Senate, allegedly a Republican, he accused them of “desperately trying to muddy the waters.”
Several other allegations have, in the course of the last week, and Kavanaugh, it has denied all. The Republicans also have pointed out several times that none of the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh has first-hand report.
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In New York on Sunday, the former Kavanaugh classmate Deborah Ramirez claimed that Kavanaugh had exposed his penis to her at a party decades ago.
Another woman, Julie Swetnick, appeared Wednesday to be raped, to accuse Kavanaugh of the participation in the “gang” and “rape trains” in the 1980s. Swetnick was represented by anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti.
“The Swetnick thing is said to be a joke,” Kavanaugh Thursday, raising his voice. “It is a farce.”
On Tuesday, a constituent said, the office of sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Dr. I., in 1985, two heavily drunken men”, referred to as the “Board and Mark” had been abused, sexually abused, a “close friend” on a boat. But this person is against the claim, called Wednesday evening on Twitter.
In another case, Kavanaugh, the GOP investigators this week about a new claim in a letter to sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo was asked., from an anonymous individual, apparently, in Denver, claiming that Kavanaugh “pushed” someone against a wall “very aggressive and sexually” during a trip in front of four witnesses in 1998.
Judiciary Committee investigators, Kavanaugh continued to speak of his innocence, and the “total feeding frenzy” of last-minute Respondent-allegations.
“We have it with an anonymous letter about an anonymous person and an anonymous friend,” said Kavanaugh Committee investigators earlier this week about the alleged episode. “It is ridiculous. Overall, Zone Twilight. And no, I have done such a thing.”
Fox News’ Judson Berger and Gregg Re contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.