One after the other, Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh sat in the same chair before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, separated by less than an hour but a reality gulf so wide their conflicting accounts of what happened when they were teenagers can not be reconciled. She says that he and his friend Mark Judge would "target" a vulnerable girl, get her drunk, and then pull her into a side bedroom where they could have sex with her. Swetnick also alleges that Kavanaugh and Judge were present when she was assaulted at one of these parties. "This is hell, this is going to destroy the ability of good people to come forward because of this". She began by expressing sympathy for Ford, who'd said she was "terrified" to testify. "You need corroboration. That's what's missing here", said No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas.
Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before testifying the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building at the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018.
Sean Hannity said other senators unsure of their decision at this point include Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Judiciary Committee member Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).
And because the president would have to call for the Federal Bureau of Investigation background check to be reopened, which would ultimately delay Kavanaugh's vote, that step remains unlikely. "The Senate must vote!" According to the Washington Post, he was riveted and pleased by the judge's Thursday testimony.
Kavanaugh said his life has been changed forever because of these allegations and how they were handled by the committee.
Grassley began by lashing out at Feinstein and Democrats for not making Ford's private letter public sooner and defended the lack of an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the allegations.
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Graham said all he heard today was a bunch of speeches from politicians who have politicized the confirmation process.
Asked if there were enough votes to confirm Kavanaugh, he said, "Depends on what happens tomorrow".
"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter", said Ford, referring to the area of the brain where traumatic memories are stored. Some White House officials were not pleased with the questioning from Phoenix prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, saying she did not effectively target the weak spots in Ford's narrative and worrying that the Democrats had seized the moment. "I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me". 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.
Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a longtime committee member, said he thinks Kavanaugh will get confirmed by a party-line vote.
"I like beer", he said, but he also said he'd never passed out and never attacked Ford.
His face reddening and his voice rising as he wagged his finger at the Democrats on the dais, Graham hissed, "This is the most unethical sham since I've been in politics". Based on the evidence before the committee, I would hold that Judge Kavanaugh proved the negative beyond a reasonable doubt or somewhere close to it. Nancy French, a conservative Christian writer, cried as she watched Ford in a dark room in her home with her dogs. After she was sexually assaulted in her teens by an older man she told her parents, who believed her.