Kavanaugh and Ford testify as Republicans push for Supreme Court vote


California professor Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27 in a contentious, landmark hearing against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who she accused of sexually assaulting her in 1982.

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Ford testified about her memory of “the uproarious laughter” between Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, both of whom were “having fun at my expense.” (CNN)

Kavanaugh defended himself during a testimony on the same day, in which he said he was “emphatically” denying all the allegations. “You’ll never get me to quit,” he said in his opening statement.

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Kavanaugh, who was due to be confirmed as a Supreme Court judge until Ford came forward with her allegations, faces three allegations of sexual misconduct (Washington Post).

In an interview with Fox News on September 24, Kavanaugh said he was a virgin throughout high school. He sat with his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, during her first television appearance since he was accused of sexual assault on September 16 (The Guardian).

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From accusation to hearing

A timeline of events

  • September 16: Ford accuses Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
  • September 21: In a letter to the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh says he wanted a hearing as soon as possible, to “clear my name” (Washington Post).
  • September 24: The proposed date by Republicans for Ford to testify. Debra Katz, Ford’s lawyer, said her client could testify but later in the week, “on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety.”
  • September 27: Christine Blasey Ford testifies that she is “100 percent” sure Kavanaugh assaulted her.
    • Brett Kavanaugh testifies, saying, “I am innocent of this charge.”
    • California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein says on Twitter that the hearing was not a trial for Ford, but a “job interview for Judge Kavanaugh.”
    • Donald Trump praises Kavanaugh’s testimony as “powerful” and “honest” on Twitter.
  • September 28: The Senate judiciary committee plans to hold a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
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The news that Ford would testify came as the New Yorker reported that another woman came forward with her own story about Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual indiscretions.

Deborah Ramirez, who also attended Yale in 1983, says that Kavanaugh drunkenly thrust his genitals at her while at a party.

Police in the city of Montgomery, Maryland say they are also prepared to investigate the multi-decade-old incident relating to Ford. (Hill Reporter)

Another accuser, Julie Swetnick, said Kavanaugh was present at a “gang rape” she was the victim of in 1982 (Washington Post).

Kavanaugh has vigorously denied all allegations since they arose.

Since accusing Kavanaugh of raping her in 1982 (Washington Post), Ford has received death threats. The professor and her family has also moved homes, according to Katz.

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Sen Dianne Feinstein on Twitter

We are here for one reason-to determine whether Judge Kavanaugh should be elevated to one of the most powerful positions in our country. This is NOT a trial of Dr. Ford. It’s a job interview for Judge Kavanaugh. Is he the best we can do?

Donald J. Trump on Twitter

Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh listens during his U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo
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