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Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford testifies before Senate hearing

28 September 2018

"I was underneath one of them while the two laughed", she said.

According to his prepared testimony, Kavanaugh plans to tell senators that he "said and did things in high school that make me cringe now" - but that he "never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes".

She said she was pushed onto the bed and groped by a "very inebriated" Kavanaugh, who tried to remove her clothes, but struggled, in part due to the one-piece bathing suit she was wearing beneath her clothing. She said she cried with other students as they watched Ford deliver her opening statement Thursday morning, and they led a moment of silence for survivors soon after.

On Wednesday night, both Ford and Kavanaugh released their opening statements to the committee. There may be several breaks.

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Maybe Grassley will recover before Ford leaves the hearing, or in today's later questioning of Kavanaugh.

Ford was probed for more than four hours by senators and prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, an expert in investigating sex crimes who was selected by Republicans.

Since Ford's allegations were made public, two other women (Julie Swetnick and Deborah Ramirez) have come forward also accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during the early 1980s. "I thought I was over this, and I have not brought this up for years until I heard this testimony, and it is just breaking my heart".

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 no one's pawn", she testified, before going on to detail her allegation that Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her at a gathering more than three decades ago.

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How Kavanaugh could impact Supreme Court: Kavanaugh is a staunch conservative, and his confirmation would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court - furthering Trump's efforts to shift the federal judiciary to the right. He said that he wanted to "apologize" to both of them "for the way you've been treated".

Durbin was forceful in his assertion that Mark Judge, whom Ford alleges was also present and participated in the accused assault, should provide testimony of his own before the committee. As the preliminary comparisons to Professor Hill's testimony emerged, many commented on how Dr Ford's nervous vulnerability contrasted with Hill's self-possession, poise, and palpable irritation at the condescending and contemptuous treatment that she received from members of the Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Jeff Flake is an undecided Republican on the Judiciary Committee who is retiring and has made an enemy of Trump.

Senior Senate Democrat Patrick Leahy was among those who questioned her bluntly about the attack, asking about her strongest memory of the incident. God, I hope you never get it.

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Kavanaugh denied having a "sexual or physical encounter of any kind" with Ford.

Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford testifies before Senate hearing