Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Two men claim responsibility Christine Blasey Ford assault

Two men claim responsibility Christine Blasey Ford assault

As Christine Blasey Ford testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, detailing her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, her story struck a chord with many women around the country.

But when it became clear Mr Kavanaugh was likely to be named to the court, Ms Ford said she faced a hard choice. She said they use the door to host Google interns at her California home.

In her three hours of testimony, Ford's tone was polite but firm as she detailed her accusations but offered no major new revelations. Democrats have meanwhile said Kavanaugh should withdraw his nomination and called for an FBI investigation into the allegations.

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.

Gavel-to-gavel coverage can be found on many news channels, with proceedings expected to begin at 10 a.m. EDT.

"My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed", he said. He says his confirmation process has become "a national disgrace" and a "character assassination".

On Wednesday a third woman came forward with explosive allegations, saying she witnessed sexually abusive behavior by Kavanaugh when he was a teenager.

"I was, you know, underneath one of them while the two laughed", she said. He repeated that formulation when talking about coaching his daughters in basketball.

Asked whether there were signs of Republicans wavering in their support of Kavanaugh in their lunch, Sen.

Chris Wallace, the top anchor at Fox News, has just declared the entire hearing "is a disaster for the Republicans". "I spoke to somebody 38 years ago, and it may not be good", he said, adding: "The people that have complained to me about it the most about what's happening is women".

At Ford's request, Kavanaugh will not be in the room when she testifies.

She gave details of how information surrounding the incident, including her name and that of Kavanaugh, became public, saying that she "struggled with a bad choice" when trying to decide whether to release her account of events when the press reported Kavanaugh's confirmation was virtually certain. "I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school", Ford said.

Mr Trump's remarks underscored the complexity of the moment, as Republicans seek to continue their efforts to install conservatives on the high court.

"You've never forgotten that laughter, you never forgotten them laughing at you?"

"I don't think we can disregard Christine Blasey Ford and the seriousness of this", he said. "People want fame, they want money, they want whatever". NBC's Savannah Guthrie said Ford's description of Kavanaugh and a friend of his laughing uproariously during the alleged attack is a moment that will resonate with many Americans.

That left senators to decide whether the long day tipped their confirmation votes for or against Trump's nominee in a deeply partisan fight with the future of the high court and possibly control of Congress in the balance.

"Why can't that person be questioned vigorously?"

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