Handful of senators to decide Kavanaugh's Supreme Court bid

Grant Boone
September 28, 2018

Christine Blasey Ford, the 51-year-old psychology professor at Palo Alto University was the first woman to come forward and accuse Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s as teenagers.

CBS News, NBC News and ABC News will a interrupt daytime programming for a special report on Friday's Senate Judiciary Committee vote that could advance Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to the Senate at large. Rather, it was a specific sound she heard from Kavanaugh and the other boy she says was in the room, Mark Judge.

Kavanaugh himself has explicitly said he is not questioning whether Ford had been attacked "by someone, at some point". Ford has emerged in the eyes of many American women as a compelling figure in the #MeToo movement usually associated less with the names of victims and more with a list of high-profile men accused of misconduct.

Mr Kavanaugh, now 53, has denied them all and awaited his own chance to give evidence later.

The Republican senator also asked Kavanaugh, "Would you say you've been through hell?"

The bitter fight over Kavanaugh's nomination is unfolding just weeks before the November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to seize majority control of Congress from the Republicans.

Since Ford's claims became public September 16, two other women have come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh.

She alleges that in 1982, whilst they were both in high school Kavanaugh pushed her down, placed his hand over her mouth and attempted to remove her clothing. "I'm going to be watching, you know, believe it or not".

Democrats lauded Ford's testimony as credible, fearless and, in the words of Sen. "The uproarious laughter between the two and they're having fun at my expense", she said, her voice quaking.

"It's happened to me many times", he said, claiming he had been accused - falsely - by "four or five women".

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Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington.

She said she feared the personal consequences would be akin to "jumping in front of a train".

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. She took turns with the Democratic senators to ask questions in five-minute segments, disrupting her flow.

He spoke after Arizona Sen.

But Democrats have not figured out whether they will boycott Friday afternoon's committee vote.

Before Ms Ford began, committee chairman Chuck Grassley defended the Republicans' handling of the confirmation proceedings so far.

"They were laughing with each other", Ford replied.

Mr Grassley complained that lawyers for other accusers have not provided information to his panel, and said: "The committee can't do an investigation if attorneys are stonewalling".

While Republicans want to move forward, they are mindful of the fallout if they do not take the accusations seriously.

His Democratic challenger Molly Kelly, said Sununu should go further and call for Trump to withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination.

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