Breaking Down The Kavanaugh Hearings | On Point

28 September, 2018, 11:13 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Judge Brett Kavanaugh called sexual assault accusations

But Cornyn also said Tuesday that the onus is on Ford to prove her allegations, rather than on Kavanaugh to prove his innocence. "Thought I was over it but it's not".

The Judiciary panel plans to vote Friday, then the full Senate intends to stay in Washington through the weekend to prepare for a vote next week, said Senator John Thune of South Dakota, a member of Republican leadership.

At the same time, Trump described Kavanaugh as a "great gentleman" and said he believed the accusations against the conservative were "false".

Whitehouse has already threatened that if the Democrats win the House in the November elections, they will launch their own investigation into Kavanaugh.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) opened a historic hearing, in which a woman would be forced to relive an alleged sexual assault for the world, by lamenting that Democrats made the allegations public so late in the game.

Ford also provided the committee with the results of a polygraph test on her accusation. The committee did not say what came of those conversations. Thursday's hearing in many ways turned on Ford's credibility as a victim of and a witness to an event that Kavanaugh staunchly denies. "I also look forward to what Judge Kavanaugh has to say". But when it became clear Kavanaugh would likely be named to the court, she said she faced a hard choice. Even Trump, Kavanaugh's patron, says he could be swayed by Ford's testimony.

One, Deborah Ramirez, told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while they were both students at Yale.

During his first appearance before senators this month, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh evaded questions and declined to preview how he might rule on certain issues, insisting he was merely following "the Ginsburg rule".

Christine Blasey Ford, a California university professor, described in person what she had previously detailed in letters to the committee and an interview with The Washington Post.


Kavanaugh faces accusations of sexual misconduct, which he has strongly denied.

"Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes", her statement said.

Wallace said Mitchell was treating the hearing like a court deposition, getting Ford on the record and asking her about details, as opposed to pressing her or calling into question any of her claims.

Ford is one of three women who publicly accuse Kavanaugh, 53, of various forms of sexual misconduct.

"In a legal document sent out by attorney Michael Avenatti, a woman named Julie Swetnick said she was at multiple parties with Kavanaugh where "disoriented" girls were drugged and then raped by a "train" of men". "I believe I was drugged using Quaaludes (a sedative) or something similar placed in what I was drinking", she said.

Kavanaugh rejected that claim as "from the Twilight Zone".

And he told Senate Judiciary Committee investigators that he is "looking forward" to the hearing on Thursday, according to a transcript of a call released by the committee.

In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Kavanaugh was asked whether he ever participated in or was aware of any gang rape at a party he attended. Republicans control the Senate 51-49 and can't afford more than one defection to ensure confirmation without Democratic support.

"We have lit a match", he said from the Senate floor.

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