Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Ford testimony 'credible,' a 'disaster for Republicans'

Ford testimony 'credible,' a 'disaster for Republicans'

In Kavanaugh's prepared testimony, he acknowledged drinking in high school with his friends, but said he'd never done anything "remotely resembling" what Ford describes.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, congressional correspondent for the New York Times.

Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 10 am ET in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Some on Twitter made fun of the notion that who paid for the polygraph was a big deal, while others said that polygraph testing was not a reliable way of determining the truth.

"'I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process". Kavanaugh also denied new accusations released in Senate Judiciary Committee transcripts Wednesday night.

"I remember being hooked up to a machine, being placed on my body and being asked a lot of questions, and crying a lot", Ford said.

The Republican said that as a lawyer himself, he's "not going to assume he's guilty" during Thursday's highly-anticipated hearing.

With the multiple sexual misconduct allegations that have emerged against Kavanaugh this month, his nomination has become enmeshed in a national debate over sexual misconduct. He decried the "media circus" around the allegations and said the nominee and Ms Ford had been through a bad couple of weeks since Ford leveled her accusation.

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

Even when the questions that Mitchell parlayed to her from the Republican senators were convoluted, condescending, or ridiculous, she expressed at most a kind of accommodating confusion - never irritation, exhaustion, or impatience. Swetnick claims that the boys in the lineup included Kavanaugh and Judge, but does not say that they assaulted the girls, or the names of other witnesses who could corroborate it.

Ford accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a high school party in the early 1980s. Meanwhile, Grassley and his Republican colleagues sit in the room silently, appearing afraid to trust the impression they would make if they participated in their own hearing. "I will have to listen to the testimony before I make up my mind about the testimony".

Ford, a Palo Alto psychology professor, has alleged that a drunken Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when both were teenagers, in an interview first reported by the Washington Post.

Mitchell's questions steered clear of the details of the alleged assault and focused at times on whether Ford was coordinating with Kavanaugh opponents.

The Democratic senators usually begin with a longwinded monologue that is more of the norm of the grandstanding that happens at these high profile hearings. This hearing offered viewers an opportunity to see that character in action.

In short, the uncooperative Kavanaugh embodied several derogatory terms men use to write off women: He was shrill, hysterical, and with enormous mood swings. A Kavanaugh friend stood by and they both laughed uproariously during the incident, she testified. Amy Klobuchar, a former county attorney - could lean on their prosecutorial experience to press for answers.

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