READ: Brett Kavanaugh's Opening Statement For Senate Hearing

Charlene Craig
September 28, 2018

But Cornyn also said Tuesday that the onus is on Ford to prove her allegations, rather than on Kavanaugh to prove his innocence.

"I've cleared the calendar and I'm going to watch every word of the hearing", said Republican Sen.

When the committee's top Democrat, Sen.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has gaveled into session Thursday's dramatic hearing with Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. On the eve of the hearing, Mr. Trump said his own history of being accused of sexual assault informed his views.

Mr Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge who has always been eyed for the Supreme Court, has repeatedly denied all the allegations, saying he had never heard of the latest accuser and calling her accusations "ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone".

Ford testified that Kavanaugh and Judge "were laughing with each other".

Among the television viewers on Thursday was Trump, who has mocked the credibility of Kavanaugh's accusers.

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Several TV commentators said Ford's account in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee was tough for Republicans and Kavanaugh's hopes of confirmation, but the comments on Fox were particularly important because the White House said that was the network that President Donald Trump, who was flying from NY to Washington, was watching on Air Force One.

The August 7 examination, held in a Maryland Hilton Hotel, consisted of a one-page, handwritten statement by Ford, an interview and two questions: Is any part of your statement false?

Prof. Blasey Ford's accusations have thrown Justice Kavanaugh's nomination - and the Republicans' desire for a conservative majority on the Supreme Court - into doubt.

She was describing Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, the other teen she says was present as they locked her in a room at a party.

"It's happened to me many times", he said, claiming he had been accused - falsely - by "four or five women". She said Judge was "nervous", didn't want to speak with her and "looked a little bit ill".

Feinstein had forwarded a letter detailing allegations against Kavanaugh on September 13 - at the time, its contents weren't public.

Jacob Bennett, a third-year law student, said Ford, a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine in California, seemed very credible. I recall saying that the boy who assaulted me could someday be on the U.S. Supreme Court and spoke a bit about his background.

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Two other women have also come forward.

"Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes", her statement said. In a sworn statement, she said she witnessed Kavanaugh "consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s".

Kavanaugh has denied those claims and deemed Swetnick's "ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone".

All 10 Democrats on the Judiciary panel called on Trump to withdraw Kavanaugh's nomination or order an FBI investigation into all allegations against him.

In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Kavanaugh was asked whether he ever participated in or was aware of any gang rape at a party he attended.

Several GOP lawmakers who remain publicly undecided - most notably Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins, as well as Arizona's Jeff Flake, who is retiring - said they want to hear what Kavanaugh's accuser has to say before making up their minds.

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