Christine Blasey Ford steps into spotlight to detail assault allegations

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The first of those women ― Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor who says Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were both high school students in suburban Maryland ― is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

From the outset of planning for this extraordinary hearing in which a woman is accusing a U.S. Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, Republicans in control of the process struggled to balance taking her seriously with their ultimate objective of seating Brett M. Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.

Why did she tell Senate investigators that she couldn't meet them in Washington because she was afraid of flying if she frequently travelled by air for pleasure? "We'll wait to see if she gets that invitation and we'll go from there".

Dr Ford said that when she tried to yell out, he put his hand over her mouth. "I believe they should have the hearing and then determine whether they should be doing more investigation or whether they should schedule a vote". "I became aware of efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to spike the "punch" at house parties I attended with drugs and/or grain alcohol so as to cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say 'No, '" she said. "I'm used to being collegial", she said.

Ford also insisted she had no political agenda in coming forward with her accusations, telling lawmakers, "I am an independent person and I am no one's pawn".

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) listen as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

President Donald Trump attacked the accuser's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, on Twitter as "a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations" and as a "total low-life!"

On the eve of her testimony, an examination taken by Ford on August 7 was released, showing that she passed a polygraph test over the sexual assault allegations. Mr Judge has also rejected the allegation, though will not be giving testimony. Alas, the New York Times could not independently corroborate even one of her claims, and said Avennati declined to make her available for an interview.

At times, committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, clashed with Democrats. Her story first appeared in The New Yorker magazine on Sunday. "The questioning round will follow the same format that senators will follow during the round with Ford". She heads the special victims division for Maricopa County's attorney's office in Arizona and has two and a half decades experience prosecuting crimes like this.

Later in the morning, Pressley retweeted a message from activist Brittany Packnett, who told sexual assault survivors that the "news is not more important than your wellbeing".

I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford.

Supreme Court appointments must be confirmed by the Senate. But their mere existence means Kavanaugh is now being depicted as a party boy who doesn't respect women.

Baker was also asked about the accounts from Ford and two other women Wednesday. Said Mitchell, "I just wanted to let you know, I'm very sorry". Ford believes it was 1982, but is unsure.

"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter".

Reading her testimony about the alleged attack is compelling. KTVU has not had a chance to speak with Swetnick or vet her claims, other than reading her declaration. Mitchell asked who was financing her legal and security expenses. "I know it's hard". The committee is set to hold a vote on Friday. "If he will not, at the very least, the hearing and vote should be postponed while the FBI investigates all of these allegations".

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