Christine Blasey Ford illustration on cover of Time magazine a powerful portrayal

Marsha Scott
October 6, 2018

If you were going to come out to see me, I would have happily hosted you and had you-had been happy to speak with you out there. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: "my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters".

Those legal arguments evolved into a late-summer spectacle after Ford accused Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at an alcohol-infused high school gathering in 1982 when both were teenagers. Describing Blasey Ford, Ramirez and Swetnick as "survivors" amounts to declaring that they "survived" sexual assault by Kavanaugh, the very charge that needs to be proven but which lacks any supporting evidence outside of the statements of the three women, flatly denied by Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh's last-ditch effort to present himself as an impartial judge is another extraordinary decision in a confirmation process full of unprecedented moments.

In his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the hearing, Kavanaugh said he had written the monologue the previous day.

A hefty police presence added an air of anxiety, as did thousands of noisy anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators who gathered outside the Supreme Court and in Senate office buildings.

It was a performance that caused lifelong Republican former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens to change his views on Kavanaugh's suitability for the highest court.

It also caused some consternation among key lawmakers.

Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday on NBC' "Today" that mocking "something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right".

"And I tell myself, you give a little leeway because of what he's been through, but on the other hand we can't have this on the court".

"We're in the midst of a manufacturing renaissance - something which nobody thought you'd hear", Trump said in a speech to the National Electrical Contractors Association Convention a day after celebrating the new North American trade deal.

President Donald Trump ignited a crowd at a campaign rally in MS by mocking a woman who has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has set Friday for the vote on whether the Senate agrees to hold a final confirmation vote as soon as Saturday. Orrin Hatch of Utah on Thursday and asked why he's backing Kavanaugh.

The third woman who has made public charges against Kavanaugh, Julie Swetnick, has not been interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has not testified under oath in any public forum. "They do not caucus in separate rooms". But Judge Kavanaugh exhibited a lack of commitment to judicious inquiry.

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PATRICK J. SMYTH: A high school friend of Kavanaugh. He writes his wife and daughters "have faced vile and violent threats".

"We are law professors who teach, research and write about the judicial institutions of this country".

"My hearing testimony was forceful and passionate".

Mr Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, which related to actions when he was a student in high school and college. He added, "This investigation found no hint of misconduct".

The pitched struggle over Kavanaugh reflects the stakes. "I believe that an independent and impartial judiciary is essential to our constitutional republic".

"There will be plenty of time for members to review and be briefed on the supplemental material" before Friday's vote, McConnell said to the almost empty chamber.

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who also sits on the Judiciary Committee, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday that he wasn't buying Kavanaugh's attempt at casting his testimony in a different light. Senators were allowed to take notes but not remove them from the room, he said.

Merrick has refused to discuss the allegation with CNN. "Judges are supposed to put emotions aside".

Democrats have complained that the FBI's reopening of its Kavanaugh background check has been far too limited, leaving out contact with crucial potential witnesses.

The source close to him told CNN, "He penned the op-ed because he felt like it was important for the full Senate to have before it in his own words something that sums up not just the last two weeks but the entire confirmation process and his life's record".

Attorneys for Deborah Ramirez, who also has accused the judge of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray saying they were "deeply disappointed" that agents had not followed up on their interview with her by talking to the more than 20 witnesses she identified as being able to corroborate her account of his Mr behaviour.

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