Christine Blasey Ford Testifies About Brett Kavanaugh Allegations

Christine Blasey Ford Testifies About Brett Kavanaugh Allegations

"The longer this nomination sits out there the more you're going to get reckless allegations that have no basis in fact", he said.

A third woman has accused Kavanaugh of aggressive sexual behavior in the 1980s. Republicans, therefore, are anxious to get to the climactic vote, while Democrats insist there should be a time-out to investigate the women's allegations. "They're obstructionists. They're actually con artists", Trump said, accusing the party of "smearing" Kavanaugh and his family.

"I can always be convinced", Trump said.

Kavanaugh has been questioned by Committee investigators about all these accusations and denies all. Chuck Grassley said the committee is now reviewing the document. "It seemed like the time to say what I wanted to say".

Ford's opening statement: "I believed he was going to rape me", Ford said of Kavanaugh in her opening statement.

Ford 's emotionally-charged testimony concluded with her recounting details of her alleged assault and providing lawmakers insight into why she chose to come forward. She told the panel that she was barricaded in a bedroom by Kavanaugh and a friend, and Kavanaugh held her down, covered her mouth and sexually assaulted her.

Kavanaugh used his opening statement to both attack Democrats who he says are targeting him and refute all of the particulars of the allegations lodged against him. I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends. "It's happened to me many times. In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now", he said in testimony released on Wednesday.

"I have been called the most vile and hateful names imaginable", she said. She does not allege that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her, but says she was the victim of one of these alleged gang rapes and suggests he participated in others.

Ford said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when both were high school students in Maryland.

Justice Kavanaugh threw her on the bed, tried to pull off her clothes and stifled her when she tried to call for help, Prof. "I believed that if I came forward, my voice would be drowned out by a chorus of powerful supporters".

"He began running his hands over my body and grinding into me", she said, sounding on the verge of tears.

She did not identify the individuals directly involved in those assaults.

"It's ridiculous. Total Twilight Zone". But the attorneys for Ramirez, who made letters to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Senate public, said they had made numerous attempts to speak to committee members, only to be largely ignored.

Reuters was not immediately able to verify her accusations.

Ford's husband, Russell Ford, is in California with their two children and is not present, Ford's team tells CNN. But the 85-year-old farmer is poorly equipped for the high drama of this event, which is being watched by tens of millions of people who see a highly sympathetic woman being treated strangely and insensitively by Republican senators.

Avenatti responded on Twitter, calling Trump "a habitual liar and complete narcissist".

In addition to the new claims, Kavanaugh has publicly been accused of sexual misconduct by Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick.

Republican staffers on the committee also asked Kavanaugh about two other incidents involving alcohol and sexual behavior, according to a transcript of an interview released on Wednesday. They debase our public discourse.

The Supreme Court nominee has been "incandescent" - as in extremely angry - according to one person involved in his preparation.

Trump said he was skeptical because he personally had been the target of "false statements" in the past made by various women. So, Republican defections could sink the nomination. Republicans control the Senate 51-49 and can't afford more than one defection to ensure confirmation without Democratic support.

Kavanaugh defended himself this week in a TV interview.

With the high-stakes hearing for his Supreme Court nominee underway, President Donald Trump is meeting with diplomats at the United Nations.

Trump watched the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Air Force One as he traveled from NY, then resumed monitoring back at the White House.

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