Sunday, 09 December, 2018


Trump says his past accusers influence his thinking on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON DC- SEPTEMBER 27 Brett Kavanaugh speaks at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States on Capitol Hill Kavanaugh ‘I Fear the Whole Country Will Reap the Whirlwind’ of Democrats’ Behavior Michael Reynolds-Pool Getty Images27 Sep 2018
Patty Aguilar | 28 September, 2018, 09:27

In the opening scene, sitting center stage in the chilly Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room, was Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the president's Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault when he was 17.

She said both agreed to keep the letter confidential, but it was leaked to media outlets on September 14.

Democrats have rallied strongly behind Ms Ford. Ford sent Eshoo the letter on July 6.

Of course, the finale is yet to come, another two-part set piece when the Senate Judiciary gathers Friday to vote Kavanaugh out of committee and then again when the entire Senate votes. Hirono's office said the email had been sent in "error". Some White House officials were not pleased with the questioning from Phoenix prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, saying she did not effectively target the weak spots in Ford's narrative and worrying that the Democrats had seized the moment. "We are just here to support Dr. Blasey Ford and let her know that she is not alone".

She also said it was important that the Senate Judiciary Committee heard Kavanaugh's side of the story.

The testimony - made under oath at a high-stakes hearing - is damning for Kavanaugh, whose nomination is facing intense scrutiny, as two other women also have come out identifying themselves as victims of sexual misconduct by the federal judge.

Thousands of conservatives took to social media to accuse Ford of lying to bring down Kavanaugh, who angrily and tearfully denied her accusations in a day of dramatic, high-stakes testimony from both the accused and the accuser.

Asked what concretely her protest and that of hundreds of others in support of Ford and against Kavanaugh's confirmation on this historic Thursday in Washington should achieve, Paterson called for an FBI investigation into the allegations against the nominee and a delay of what she views as a rushed through a process that she said was a sham.

Mr Kavanaugh's testimony will nearly certainly deepen the partisan divides already tearing the nation apart.

Blasey Ford said she managed to escape after Judge jumped on the bed, toppling the three on to the floor.

With a seat on the Supreme Court hanging in the balance, Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh appeared in front of senators to state their case and share their stories.

Leahy pressed on and Ford explained her experience in stark terms: "I was underneath (Kavanaugh), while the two laughed".

"To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you're legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics", he said.

"You have replaced "advice and consent" with "search and destroy, '" he said, referring to the Constitution's charge to senators" duties in confirming high officials.

Later, she told Senator Dick Durbin that her certainty was "100%".

Ford gave a straightforward response when Sen.

"The governor believes there should be a full investigation prior to the process moving forward in any way", Amelia Chasse, a spokeswoman for Hogan, said.

She agreed to an interview with the Washington Post, which she had first contacted in July, which was published on September 16.

She recounted how the enduring recollection she has from the incident, burned into her brain, was of Mr Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, laughing as they stumbled down the stairs after the alleged attack.

"You say it was Brett Kavanaugh that covered your mouth to prevent you from screaming", the senator said.

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