Trump defends Supreme Court pick but says he could change mind

Trump defends Supreme Court pick but says he could change mind

Trump defends Supreme Court pick but says he could change mind

Opening the session on Thursday morning, Republican senator Chuck Grassley thanked both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, for appearing before the committee.

She says that over the years, she convinced herself that because she was not raped, she should just pretend that it didn't happen.

On Sept. 24, the committee said that staff interviewed "a man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of his complaint". He is expected to testify later in the day.

Her accusations against Kavanaugh were first given to Sen.

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

She described being "underneath one of them" as the two laughed.

"I was trying to get the information to you while there was still a list of other, what looked like, equally qualified candidates". "He had a hard time because he was very inebriated. I am terrified", Blasey Ford said. I tried to yell for help.

Swetnick said she saw Kavanaugh behave as a "mean drunk" at parties they both attended growing up in suburban Maryland. "This is what traumatized me the most and had the most lasting impact on my life". She said she went upstairs to go to a bathroom, when she was pushed from behind into a bedroom across from the bathroom.

"This is a disaster for the Republicans", Wallace said, noting that Democrats were landing "haymakers" with their follow-up questions to Ford.

Christine Blasey Ford will air her allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, and Kavanaugh will defend himself, as the nation watches Thursday's extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Kavanaugh called Ford's allegation "completely false". The release includes a day-by-day view of the committee's investigative work over the last two weeks since allegations surfaced targeting Kavanaugh.

"I want to apologize to both of you for the treatment you've received", he said.

Kavanaugh has the allegations.

Senate Republicans are huddling to discuss the next steps on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, Republicans have a greater number of senators and time on their side.

"It's not going to change any of the Democrats' minds".

The committee has said it is investigating all claims made in the Kavanaugh saga, attempting to "make sure no stone was left unturned".

Ford's attorneys have repeatedly noted Ford's medical records as a way to corroborate her story.

"I have been accused of acting out of partisan political motives", she added. GOP prosecutor Rachel Mitchell pressed Ford on just who paid for the polygraph exam, to which her lawyers, who are reprsenting Ford pro-bono, said that they had footed the bill. Since Ford's accusations were made public, two other women have come forward with their own allegations against the judge.

I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford. He was chosen for the position after Justice Anthony Kennedy, a key swing vote on social issues, announced his retirement.

The hearing has brought back memories of the confirmation process almost three decades ago for Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas, who was accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill. Dianne Feinstein of California but had planned not to come forward.

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