Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Five key takeaways from the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing

Five key takeaways from the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing

At the University of Houston Law School, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh was must-see television Thursday.

She said Mr Kavanaugh and a friend of his, Mark Judge, were drunk at the 1982 party when they pushed her into a bedroom. Swetnick also alleges that Kavanaugh and Judge were present when she was assaulted at one of these parties.

"Dr. Ford comes across as a credible person who has suffered the serious emotional impact of a disturbing incident in her teens", said Alice Stewart, a conservative strategist who has worked on several Republican presidential campaigns.

When asked whether there was any chance she was mistaken about the identity of her attacker, Blasey Ford said, "Absolutely not". Trump said in a tweet.

"I am terrified", she said, her voice often quavering.

Trump missed hardly a moment of the proceedings, relying on DVRs to keep up on the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing from his private office on Air Force One as he traveled from NY to Washington, and continued monitoring back at the White House, where Ford's voice echoed from TVs around the building. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said he was "just listening". And I intend to vote for you and I hope everybody who is fair-minded will, ' he concluded.

The question is how the constellation of these influences, from the White House to Congress to passionate voters, will affect the Senate's vote on Kavanaugh, which could come as soon as Monday.

During a break in the hearing, some of Kavanaugh's strongest supporters gave no indications of wavering. "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace", he shouted into the microphone, as you can see in the above PBS NewsHour clip.

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She has said that Ford feels rushed and is busy meeting with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents over death threats. Grassley had set a Friday night deadline for Ford to agree to the committee's latest terms for her appearance.

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Judge Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old federal appeals court judge, is President Donald Trump's nomination for the vacant seat in the US Supreme Court. The memory - and Kavanaugh's laughter during the act - was "locked" in her brain, she said.

Swirling's comments about remembering the exact timing of her rape are relevant as Ford was being questioned by the Republican-appointed outside counsel of Rachel Mitchell about specific details in her description of her account of being allegedly sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh in the 1980s when they were both teenagers.

"They weren't laughing at me, they were laughing with me", Trump said on Wednesday during his press conference in NY.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday. The hearing was a rollercoaster of emotion, with Democrats taking every opportunity to praise Ford's courage in coming forward, while Mitchell delivered the tougher questioning, challenging her on a number of issues, including the circumstances surrounding her polygraph test and her fear of flying.

But Graham alleged the Democrats' handling was all about politics.

Baker, who faces re-election this November, is one of only a few Republican governors, all political moderates, to express dissatisfaction with the committee's handling of the allegations made against Kavanaugh. "God help anybody else who gets nominated!" he concluded."Based on what I heard today, you could not get a search warrant or an arrest warrant, cuz you don't know the location, you don't know the time, and you don't have any corroboration".

Ms Ford finished her evidence about four hours after the hearing began. "I never committed sexual assault".

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