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What Happened: Top takeaways from Kavanaugh, Ford hearing

28 September 2018, 09:28 | Melissa Porter

What Happened: Top takeaways from Kavanaugh, Ford hearing

What Happened: Top takeaways from Kavanaugh, Ford hearing

She said some fear their cases will never be prosecuted.

President Donald Trump on Thursday reaffirmed support for his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after the judge gave hours of testimony denying having sexually assaulted several women in his youth.

With millions of Americans alternately riveted and horrified by the televised drama, Blasey and Kavanaugh left no room for compromise, no possibility of confusion, no chance that they remembered something differently.

During the free-wheeling news conference, Mr Trump continued to lash out at Democrats and label the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh politically motivated.

President Donald Trump, who is in NY attending the annual UN General Assembly session, came out in support of his Supreme Court nominee and slammed Avenatti. "There is doubt", said Sen. "Just have a little humility on that". Pat Leahy, who had sat on the same Judiciary panel during the Anita Hill hearing, asked about Ford's most enduring memory of the incident. A nominee for the Supreme Court was asked if he was "a gang rapist" and a blackout drunk, while defending himself by describing how long he preserved his virginity.

Others said they believed Kavanaugh had been assaulted, but that it had likely been by someone else and that she had simply mistaken their identity.

Hogue said Ford's appearance at the hearing was her speaking "the truth to the most powerful men in the country about the violent sexual assault she suffered at the hands of Brett Kavanaugh".

Passed on: Christine Blasey Ford said she allowed Anna Eshoo's office to forward the letter and a request for confidentiality to Sen.

Trump reportedly phoned Kavanaugh ahead of Thursday's hearing and urged him to push back forcefully, and many observers interpreted Kavanaugh's aggressive testimony as intended for the president.

She came across as Everywoman - an Everywoman with a Ph.D. - at once guileless about politics yet schooled in the science of memory and psychology.

She also recounted how the alleged attack altered her life, describing anxiety and claustrophobia that prompted her to demand adding a second front door when her home was remodeled.

Before Ms Ford began, committee chairman Chuck Grassley defended the Republicans' handling of the confirmation proceedings so far.

"Four star", texted a senior White House official, referring to Kavanaugh's testimony.

"Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him", Trump said in a tweet on Thursday afternoon. "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace", he shouted into the microphone, as you can see in the above PBS NewsHour clip. The format is such that she only gets five minutes at a time, to supplant the five minutes that the Republican senator in line for questioning would get, before it's time for a Democrat to question the witness.

The Democratic senators will have free reign to ask questions. Dianne Feinstein when he said: "The Swetnick thing is a joke, that's a farce".

"Avenatti is a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations, like he did on me and like he is now doing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh". The swing votes, however, remained uncertain and huddled together into the night. Lindsey Graham threw down a gauntlet to his wavering Republican colleagues from the dais in the hearing room with uncharacteristic fervor.

Showing their own certainty, Republicans quickly scheduled a recommendation vote for Friday morning in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where they hold n 11-10 majority.

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