Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Trump Reaffirms Support For Top Court Pick, Says Testimony Was "Honest"

Trump Reaffirms Support For Top Court Pick, Says Testimony Was

Republican senators are aware of the risks of alienating women during this hearing: the all-male Republican side of the Judiciary Committee had a woman prosecutor come to the hearing to question Ford instead of them, in part to avoid the optics of a group of men challenging a woman on a past sexual assault.

Being a sexual abuse survivor herself, Ford's experience and her public telling of it deeply resonated with her and millions of other women, Paterson said.

After seeing Ford's powerful testimony, White House aides and allies expressed concern that Kavanaugh, whose nomination already seemed to be teetering, would have an uphill climb to deliver a strong enough showing to match hers. She said at the beginning of her testimony, when asked if she would need a break after her opening remarks, that she might need some coffee.

Kavanaugh, 53, has strenuously denied assaulting anyone and insists he is the victim of a "smear campaign".

"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter".

She claims that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her over her clothes and attempted to take them off at a house party in 1982, when Kavanaugh was 17 and Ford was 15. She said that Kavanaugh covered her mouth to mask her screams and that at times she anxious he'd accidentally kill her.

"You may defeat me in the final vote, but you'll never get me to quit, never", Kavanaugh said. Judge has said does not recall the incident.

"I don't want to be in a position where people say, "No, thanks".

Heitkamp is running for re-election this year in a state where Trump is popular, and she is under pressure over her vote on Kavanaugh.

The Democratic senators usually begin with a longwinded monologue that is more of the norm of the grandstanding that happens at these high profile hearings.

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The questions seemed more geared toward undermining Dr Ford's credibility - the kind of strategy useful during depositions or trials to undermine a jury's trust in a witness or, perhaps, force them to crack under the accumulated pressure of the interrogation.

Kavanaugh told the committee it won't be just his confirmation that is affected by this chaotic process.

In her three hours of testimony, Ford's tone was polite but firm as she detailed her accusations but offered no major new revelations.

Wallace added: "She obviously was traumatized by an event".

Thousands of conservatives took to social media to accuse Ford of lying to bring down Kavanaugh, who angrily and tearfully denied her accusations in a day of dramatic, high-stakes testimony from both the accused and the accuser. Echoing Ford, he said he was "100 percent certain" he did not commit the assault.

When asked by reporters earlier this week whether there should be a full FBI investigation into the allegations, Murkowski responded, "It would sure clear up all the questions, wouldn't it?"

"We're going to look back, similar to Anita Hill, and say that there are things that we could've done right as a country that we did not do", Murray said. By the end of her testimony, even Sen.

"The Democrats are playing this game that's disgraceful", Trump said on Wednesday.

Republicans are pushing to seat Mr Kavanaugh before the November midterms, when Senate control could fall to the Democrats and a replacement Trump nominee could have even greater difficulty.

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