Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh hearing: What we learned


But by the time she finished detailing her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, Ford was being widely praised as credible and courageous.

Ford said during the hearing that the sharpest memory she had of the attack was the "uproarious laughter" Judge and Kavanaugh allegedly shared at her expense.

A psychology professor who is married with two children, she said Kavanaugh and a friend of his, Mark Judge, were drunk at the 1982 party when they pushed her into a bedroom.

Ford said she was "willing" but also hoping that the committee or a representative "would come to me, but then I realized that was an unrealistic request".

Protesters watching from the halls of the Capitol and on the Supreme Court steps, aides seated behind their senators, members of the audience - even Ford's legal team, who were familiar with her testimony before she read it aloud Thursday - teared up hearing her voice crack as she described, in detail, the trauma she said she suffered as a 15-year-old.

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The moment offered a stark glimpse at the gap between Trump and other world leaders who have criticised the President's approach to foreign relations on issues including trade, climate change and nuclear proliferation.

"It was created to scare me", he said. The vote to confirm Kavanaugh is now scheduled for Friday.

Mr Grassley complained that lawyers for other accusers have not provided information to his panel, and said: "The committee can't do an investigation if attorneys are stonewalling". Collins is among the few senators who've not made clear how they'll vote. Republicans control the Senate 51-49 and can lose only one vote.

Mr Kavanaugh's testimony will nearly certainly deepen the partisan divides already tearing the nation apart.

Senator Orrin Hatch, of Utah, called the hearing a "national disgrace", while Texas Senator John Cornyn said it was the most "embarrassing scandal for the US Senate since the McCarthy hearings" in the 1950s. She said she watched the testimony during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings 27 years ago. Dianne Feinstein of California, asked how she could be sure that Kavanaugh was the attacker, Ford said, "The same way I'm sure I'm talking to you right now".

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Embattled SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh is facing two new sexual assault accusations, including raping a woman on a boat in 1985 and aggressively shoving a woman against the wall of a bar in a sexual way in 1998.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham angrily defended Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, charging Democrats with using a Supreme Court nomination to try to win the midterm elections and saying Kavanaugh was no Bill Cosby. "@LindseyGrahamSC has more decency and courage than every Democrat member of the committee combined", wrote White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote Thursday afternoon on Twitter.

The Senate Judiciary Committee vote on whether to favorably recommend Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court will happen as scheduled Friday morning, though top GOP senators did not appear to know as of Thursday night whether enough key Republican votes had been convinced to confirm Kavanaugh. "But I think, overall things have been conducted fairly thus far", UH law student Kristen Anderson said. We ask that her privacy and that of her family be respected.

Kavanaugh then directed his message to Democrats: "You tried hard".

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