Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Kavanaugh’s interruptions of Democratic senators in hearing draw ire and support

Kavanaugh’s interruptions of Democratic senators in hearing draw ire and support

Christine Blasey Ford is telling her harrowing story of an alleged sexual assault at the hands of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She said no. Asked how certain she was Justice Kavanaugh had assaulted her, she said "100 per cent". The network reports that Senate Judiciary Committee investigators placed a call to Kavanaugh about the accusations on September 25 and he denied the encounter. He choked up at several points when referring to how his family has been affected by the tempest surrounding allegations by Ford and other women.

Ms Ford has emerged in the eyes of many American women as a compelling figure in the #MeToo movement usually associated less with the names of victims and more with a list of high-profile men accused of misconduct.

It was not clear, however, if the drama changed the views of any senators.

He made the comments at a news conference in NY a day before Judge Brett Kavanaugh was set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.

While Republican senators depicted her testimony as part of a partisan attack orchestrated by Democrats, they - and Kavanaugh - were careful not to attack Ford personally. Jeff Flake in an elevator and berated him after he announced he was voting to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanugh.

Through a campaign spokesman, Sununu said the Senate "should think carefully about the next steps in this process".

Thursday's testimony appeared to have only sharpened the partisan divide over Trump's nominee.

"You have replaced "advice and consent" with "search and destroy, '" he said, referring to the Constitution's charge to senators" duties in confirming high officials. "There should be no vote in the Senate".

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President Donald Trump has nominated Mr Kavanaugh for a vacancy on the Supreme Court, the body that has the final word on key issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.

Ford has alleged Kavanaugh physically and sexually assaulted her at a party during their high school years.

"I believe once he gets to the Supreme Court, he will call the balls and strikes fairly", White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told "CBS This Morning", using a baseball analogy.

But under the committee's procedures, the career prosecutor was limited to five minutes at a time, interspersed between Democrats' questions, creating a choppy effect as she tried piecing together the story. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif), its ranking member.

The women confronted the Arizona Republican in an elevator, with one shouting "Don't look away from me - look at me and tell me it doesn't matter what happens to me".

Another woman came forward over the weekend, telling The New Yorker magazine that Mr Kavanaugh exposed himself at a party when both were Yale freshmen.

She added: "I was just focused on what I was going to say and my fear about that".

"On Monday, I stood in front of your office", Ana Maria Archila, co-Executive Director of the Center for Popular Democracy and the Center of Popular Democracy Action, told Flake. I do not recall the events described by Dr. Ford in her testimony. Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii hit out at Mitchell's approach during the hearing, saying she had aimed to undermine Ford's credibility.

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