A few Republican governors have called on the Senate to delay or take the time to carefully investigate the multiple sexual assault allegations that have recently been levied against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The emotionally charged proceedings on Thursday saw both Kavanaugh and Ford bring their cases before the Senate judiciary committee, leaving it in the hands of lawmakers to assess the credibility of their accounts and their characters and, ultimately, Kavanaugh's suitability for America's highest bench. It wasn't Kavanaugh's words, she said, but rather a sound. He flipped open the binder that held his notes - nearly every page had passages underlined, with annotations in the margins in thick black pen - and declared that no one had seen a draft of his opening statement except one of his former law clerks.
Kavanaugh is now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
In 1982, when she was at Gaithersburg High School in Maryland, she also said that she became a victim of one of these "gang" or "train" rapes where Kavanaugh and Judge were present. He dismissed the allegations as part of an attempt to get "revenge on behalf of the Clintons" for the 2016 election, and a "calculated and orchestrated political hit". Revenge on behalf of the Clintons.
He continued: "This is a circus". And the consequences extend beyond any one nomination. "The consequences will be us for decades".
During a break in the hearing, some of Kavanaugh's strongest supporters gave no indications of wavering. All the other Democratic senators were equally stone-faced.
Kantrowitz, who is now a history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, writes on Twitter that he can recall Kavanaugh discussing his sexual exploits during their freshman year at Yale.
It wasn't just Kavanaugh who had pent-up frustrations to unleash. "I don't know. Have you?"
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Mitchell appeared intent on making an issue of Ford's statement that she had declined to fly from her home in California to speak with the committee due to her fear of flying-asking how often Ford had flown for business of vacation.
"It's been really interesting to me because it seems more of a trial than a job interview to me".
Turning toward his end of the dais - and seemingly toward the wavering Sen.
Graham also questioned whether Ford's attorneys were politically motivated.
Ford was only questioned by Democrats, while Republicans on the committee left the probing up to Mitchell.
"I am a fiercely independent person and I am no one's pawn". "I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me".
"It's not to say that there can not be a situation where a person has risen above these kinds of behavior or teenage behavior", Hill told NPR, "but is to say that what we have is a person speaking the privilege of representing the laws of this country, and when that individual is reasonably believed to have broken those laws - and then not been truthful about it - to me, that's a disqualification".