Mike DeWine, the Republican running for the open governor’s seat in OH, said the Senate needs to look carefully at the evidence, but without specifically calling for a delay in the confirmation vote. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor who came forward against him and said he sexually assaulted her in high school testified on Thursday, and described the alleged attack. ABC News reports the author might be Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
Asked how she could be so sure it was Kavanaugh who attacked her, Blasey Ford responded with confidence: “The same way that I’m sure that I’m talking to you right now. I think that would be a big mistake”.
Kavanaugh displayed a partisan streak that was unusual for a sitting federal judge and a Supreme Court hopeful. Now a judge in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, he seemed assured of confirmation until Ford and several other accusers emerged in recent weeks. He is a former legal aide to President George W. Bush and clerked in the Supreme Court under Justice Kennedy.
She is the third woman to have accused Kavanaugh with sexual assault. A democrat, she is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Speaking with reporters at the United Nations, Trump defended Kavanaugh but said he looked forward to what Ford had to say.
The Hawaii senator also sent a fundraising email while the hearing was in session, prompting criticism that she was trying to use Ford’s testimony to help her re-election campaign. But if the allegations are not investigated at all and Kavanaugh wins his seat, his stint on the Supreme Court will be forever marred by the darkest of clouds looming over his nomination. Kavanaugh denied the accusation soon after it was reported Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, by The New Yorker magazine. Mitchell is known nationally for her work with abuse victims. Viewing the hearing from their desks, some aides expressed concerns that Ford appeared highly credible, though others noted there were still gaps in her decades-old story. “Two friends having a really good time with one another”. Mark was urging Brett on, although at times he told Brett to stop.
Kavanaugh on Wednesday once again rejected the allegations as “last minute smears” that were “false and uncorroborated”.
The audible occurred after Republicans decided that the original procedure had not gone well for them, that Ford early in the day came across as an authentic witness and that the GOP was losing the battle anyway.
“I did not know at the time”, Kavanaugh said.
“I remember being hooked up to a machine, being placed on my body and being asked a lot of questions, and crying a lot”, Ford said.
Her lawyers told senators that they are working pro bono and paid for a polygraph themselves.
Kavanaugh also allegedly put his hand over Ford’s mouth so she could not scream. Then, Eshoo’s office delivered a copy of Ford’s letter detailing the assault to Sen.