Christine Blasey Ford steps into spotlight to detail assault allegations

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In the written testimony released on Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh says he has "never sexually assaulted anyone - not in high school, not in college, not ever".

The ABA said the FBI should investigate the numerous sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. "I don't know who this is and this never happened", Kavanaugh said in a statement issued through the White House. Kavanaugh angrily said he was innocent and the victim of "grotesque and obvious character assassination". "I spoke to somebody 38 years ago, and it may not be good", he said, adding: "The people that have complained to me about it the most about what's happening is women". "They can't possibly both be right!" What city are they going to go to?

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, and other sexual assault accusations from two other women. Leahy asked as Ford took a sip of coffee.

Ford was seated at a table in the packed hearing room flanked by her lawyers, facing a bank of senators.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kavanaugh's chief defender, a man who melted down in a fit of histrionic rage at the sight of Kavanaugh getting confronted with the thoroughly credible testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, also cited the ABA's support for Kavanaugh.

The meeting of four key senators occurred less than hour after Kavanaugh finished his testimony before the Judiciary Committee, where he forcefully and passionately maintained his innocence and defiantly challenged Democratic senators who grilled him on multiple allegations of inappropriate behavior.

The boys' laughter was "indelible in the hippocampus", she said. But on Thursday, he was firmly on the side of Democratic lawmakers who want the Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe the allegations against Kavanaugh.

"I intend no ill will to Dr. Ford and her family".

Mitchell, a registered Republican, stood in for the all-male GOP senators on the committee, who did not question Ford.

Corrale said, "They are afraid that the perpetrator might have threatened them".

Kavanaugh avoided answering when asked by Democrats whether he would ask for an FBI investigation into Ford's allegations himself.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, communications professor and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, said some of Kavanaugh's statements "were more consistent with one's expectations of a partisan than a judge or prospective associate justice of the Supreme Court".

'My understanding is that Representative Eshoo's office delivered a copy of my letter to Senator Feinstein's office on July 30, 2018, ' said Ford. "It's a job interview for Judge Kavanaugh".

Republicans can advance Kavanaugh's without any support from Democrats, but given their 51-49 seat majority in the chamber, Kavanaugh's supporters can only lose one vote and still advance his nomination.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC also mentioned the ABA's assessment during an impassioned defence of Judge Kavanaugh on Thursday.