GOP governors want Senate to delay vote on Kavanaugh

Henrietta Brewer
September 28, 2018

On Thursday, Ford appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee and detailed her allegation that the Supreme Court nominee had sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school.

Brett Kavanaugh looked in desperate need of a fighter on his behalf Thursday as he gave impassioned testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee denying allegations of sexual assault. "I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me".

There were three key audiences for Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford's dramatic testimony, and the stunning, emotional day played differently for each of them. "The uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense", Ford said, referring to Brett Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, who she says was in the room.

Kavanaugh, 53, has strenuously denied assaulting anyone and insists he is the victim of a "smear campaign". But on Thursday, she became a very human being, telling a awful story about Kavanaugh in compelling terms that brought many women to tears and transformed the battle for the Supreme Court.

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

"I believed he was going to rape me", she said in her opening statement.

Heitkamp stressed that a nonpartisan FBI investigation should be conducted to "bring greater clarity" to Ford's claim and Kavanaugh's denial.

Collins has said she believes that Ford and Deborah Ramirez, Ford's second accuser, should be heard by the Senate before there's a vote.

Graham's comments seemed to buck up Kavanaugh's mood.

"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter". Aides said they thought Kavanaugh was effectively fighting back and expressed optimism he could survive the process.

As Anita Hill did more two decades ago when she alleged sexual misconduct by Clarence Thomas, the mom of two testified before a committee with only male senators on the Republican side of the dais.

She added: "I was just focused on what I was going to say and my fear about that". Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that her certainty was "100 percent". She said Kavanaugh and Judge locked the door, and Kavanaugh proceeded to climb on top of Ford and tried to remove her clothing. She questioned whether Blasey was truly afraid of flying or had lied about it.

Before Ms Ford began, committee chairman Chuck Grassley defended the Republicans' handling of the confirmation proceedings so far.

Feinstein asked Kavanaugh if he wanted to say more about Swetnick's allegations.

The plans of a handful of other senators remain unknown.

Trump has also criticized Republican leaders in Congress for not speeding the process along, leading to days' worth of revelations against Kavanaugh. The committee is now comprised of 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, leaving the majority with little margin for error - if just one Republican breaks, the nomination will be left in limbo.

Mr Kavanaugh's ascendance to the high court could help lock in a conservative majority for a generation, shaping dozens of rulings on abortion, regulation, the environment and more.

Grassley spent the entire first 15 minutes of the hearing reading from a prepared statement that attempted to tie Dr. Ford's allegations to some amorphous kind of Democratic obstruction.

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