Sen. Grassley slams Dems over handling of Kavanaugh confirmation, testimony underway

28 September, 2018, 02:56 | Author: Miranda Cannon

Kavanaugh had already been accused by Christine Blasey Ford of sexually assaulting her at a high school house party in the early 1980s when he was 17 and she was 15. She admitted she had forgotten a few of the details, like how she arrived, the location of the gathering, and how she got home.

Some Republicans and US President Donald Trump have called the allegations by Dr Ford and two other women against Kavanaugh part of a smear campaign.

Ford broke her silence after 36 years, telling senators she originally wished to remain anonymous but once her story became public, she believed it was her "civic duty" to come forward. "It's an issue of how we treat women in the United States", says Geoit, who adds that she has dealt with unwelcome advances from men on the trail.

Ford has said Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge was also in the room when she was assaulted.

Dr Ford answered questions about whether she had been sufficiently traumatized by her assault, about who paid for the polygraph test that she passed, and about whether she was really afraid of flying.

When the committee's top Democrat, Sen.

Swetnick, 55, who lives in Washington, D.C., said she graduated from Gaithersburg High School in Montgomery County, Maryland. Richard Blumenthal of CT made a similar comment, saying that "someone who is honest is also candid about what he or she can not remember".


Afterwards Ford will leave the room and Kavanaugh will enter and make his opening statement and then also be questioned in the same manner by the senators.

This time, it could be the four Democratic committee members who were prosecutors or attorneys general who could ask Kavanaugh the toughest questions.

Dr Christine Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University, is due to testify before the committee.

She also recalled being underneath one of them while both laughed. He was having a hard time because he was inebriated...

Kavanaugh's blistering opening statement was a marked departure from Ford's subdued comments, with the Supreme Court nominee delivering an incensed denial of the allegations, saying he's "never sexually assaulted anyone - not in high school, not in college, not ever".

She gave details of how information surrounding the incident, including her name and that of Kavanaugh, became public, saying that she "struggled with a awful choice" when trying to decide whether to release her account of events when the press reported Kavanaugh's confirmation was virtually certain. In hopes that it won't be he who does this, she has had to make a spectacle of her pain for national consumption, with the full understanding that numerous Senators witnessing her pain would vote to confirm Kavanaugh anyway.

"There has been a frenzy to come up with something - anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious - that will block a vote on my nomination". Both Kavanaugh and Ford attended high school in Montgomery County, although they attended private schools. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) saw a 147% increase "above normal volume" in calls to the National Sexual Assault Hotline on Thursday.

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