Ford accuses Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh at dramatic Senate hearing

Sen. Jeff Merkley Sues To Prevent Final Vote On Brett Kavanaugh

Following allegations by Ford that Kavanaugh had forced her into a bedroom at a house party in the early 1980s, attempted to pull off her clothes and put his hand over her mouth to keep her quiet, a second woman came forward and accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Kavanaugh has denied all of the allegations.

The Democratic senators will have free reign to ask questions.

Trump called Kavanaugh was "one of the highest quality people" he's ever met. It's ridiculous. Total twilight zone.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, alluded to theories that were floated in recent days suggesting that Ford had mistaken Kavanaugh for a different man.

Christine Blasey Ford said she chose to come forward and reveal herself as the author of a letter with sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh because reporters were sitting outside of her house.

None of them will testify before the Senate panel today.




On Wednesday President Trump said he could withdraw Judge Kavanaugh's nomination if he "thought he was guilty of something like this". Although she did not explicitly mention Kavanaugh or Judge were offenders, she said they were present at the time of the incident.

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

Republicans have hired Rachel Mitchell, a career prosecutor with decades of experience prosecuting sex crimes, to ask questions to both Ford and Kavanaugh.

Dr. Ford opened with an emotional, tearful recount of the alleged sexual attack by Kavanaugh.

The 51-year-old teaches at Palo Alto University, south of San Francisco, in a consortium with Standford University - and is now widely known as the first of several women to come forward with sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump's pick for the nation's top court.

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said Wednesday he's seeking an injunction in federal court created to stop a final vote on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

"I believed he was going to rape me", Ford is expected to say, according to testimony released Wednesday by her attorney, Debra S. Katz. The committee is set to vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate on Friday. "I have always treated women with dignity and respect".

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