'100 per cent': Kavanaugh accuser has no doubt he assaulted her

Grant Boone
September 28, 2018

The lawyers representing Christine Blasey Ford clarified Thursday that they paid for the polygraph test she took regarding her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh - after she initially testified she wasn't sure who did.

Those in the meeting also included three Republicans who also haven't said how they'll vote on Kavanaugh: Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

The committee recommendation vote was expected to pass on Friday, and the full Senate vote on confirmation could take place as soon as Tuesday.

Sen. Donnelly explained that he will oppose Kavanaugh's nomination because he believes that the FBI should investigate California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford's accusation that Kavanaugh allegedly attempted to sexually assault her when they were both in high school in the 1980's.

Flake, who had previously raised concerns about the allegations against Kavanaugh, said Ford gave "compelling testimony" but Kavanaugh provided "a persuasive response".

Kavanaugh, meanwhile, insisted that his confirmation process has become "national disgrace", saying the allegations have "destroyed my family" and sullied his reputation.

A month ago, an ABA committee had said unanimously that Kavanaugh was "well qualified" for the Supreme Court, its highest possible designation.

In her opening statement Thursday, Ford told of how Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and covered her mouth at a summer gathering when they were teenagers. In his, Kavanaugh cast himself as a victim of a "calculated and orchestrated political hit", fueled by "pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election". So, it's not at all surprising that Twitter had an absolute field day with Kavanaugh's testimony, ridiculing him within an inch of his angry, shouty life.

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Senator Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota, also said she needs time to decide how she will vote. Both told their stories to the Senate Judiciary Committee during a almost nine-hour-long hearing. "Deciding to proceed without conducting an additional investigation would not only have a lasting impact on the Senate's reputation, but it will also negatively affect the great trust necessary for the American people to have in the Supreme Court", Carlson wrote in the letter, obtained by The Washington Post.

Ford said she could not recall all the details of the polygraph or how former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Jeremiah Hanafin was chosen to administer the test.

Earlier during the dramatic hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ford said she didn't think she paid for the polygraph test herself and she does "not yet" know who did.

Meanwhile, former President George W. Bush has been advocating for Kavanaugh with wavering senators in recent days, according to a person familiar with Bush's outreach who wasn't authorized to speak publicly.

It was Ford's telling the committee she now has two front doors at her home - a decision she said she made because of the lasting trauma of the alleged assault - that convinced Kathleen Pierman, 66, who watched the testimony at home.

Both Democrats and Republicans were on the call but on the latter party were allowed to ask questions.

Asked by if he is confident that Kavanaugh can advance out of the committee, he said, "I am optimistic, yes".

Right-wing commentator Mike Cernovich tweeted, "Ford seems kind". She admitted gaps in her memory as she choked back tears and said she "believed he was going to rape me".

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