Angry Kavanaugh Blasts Senate for Making Confirmation ‘Disgrace’

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home on Wednesday in Chevy Chase Md

Ford said she could not recall all the details of the polygraph or how former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Jeremiah Hanafin was chosen to administer the test.

Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation had seemed assured until Ford came forward and then other women emerged with additional allegations of sexual misconduct.

In his prepared testimony, Mr Kavanaugh again "unequivocally and categorically" denied her allegation, as well as "other false and uncorroborated accusations" by his other accusers. "Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes".

With his support among Senate Republicans in question, he also said he would not step side. "To watch someone have to recount something that traumatic, I feel very on edge for her", said Jacobson, 24, of Minneapolis.

A woman who has accused Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault has told an historic committee hearing in Washington DC that she believed he would rape her. "Certainly had never reported it to police", Wallace said.

She added: "I am doing my best, 100 percent, to keep an open mind". "It's an issue of how we treat women in the United States", says Geoit, who adds that she has dealt with unwelcome advances from men on the trail. "I'm still on the fence about, do I believe that this was absolutely this person". I tried to yell for help.

"Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming". Extraordinarily competent but also modest, deferential, solicitous, polite, and visibly nervous in the face of male authority, Dr Ford was a vision of womanhood that our culture finds more palatable than the angry, strident or frustrated affect that the Me Too movement has sometimes been characterized as having. "It was hard for me to breathe and I thought Brett was going to accidently kill me". A Kavanaugh friend stood by and they both laughed uproariously during the incident, she testified. Specific details were never shared until May 2012, when she spoke of them during couples therapy.

Ford said Kavanaugh locked her in a bedroom during a social gathering and pinned her to the bed.

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When the committee's top Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, asked at one point. "The questioning round will follow the same format that senators will follow during the round with Ford".

In his opening statement, Grassley said that both Ford and Kavanaugh have "been through a awful couple of weeks" as "they and their families have received vile threats". Richard Blumenthal of CT made a similar comment, saying that "someone who is honest is also candid about what he or she can not remember".

Senior Senate Democrat Patrick Leahy was among those who questioned her bluntly about the attack, asking about her strongest memory of the incident.

Ford, 51, is a psychology professor and research psychologist at Palo Alto University in northern California.

She also recalled being underneath one of them while both laughed.

The committee could vote on Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation on Friday, with a final Senate vote early next week.

He used his time to defend Brett Kavanaugh by saying he denied these allegations, yet didn't give Dr. Ford's words the same weight. The allegations come from Julie Swetnick, who attended Gaithersburg High School in Maryland. "These are last-minute smears, pure and simple", he said.

The back-to-back testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh quickly became a national moment, as people across the country tuned in - at law schools and the New York Stock Exchange, on airplanes and subway cars.

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