Who's who in the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

Who's who in the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

That culture came into focus recently after the New Yorker magazine published allegations by a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

What followed will steer the fate of Kavanaugh's nomination, Ford's own life, and surely weigh on the political futures of perhaps dozens of political leaders and elected officials at the highest levels of government - in particular Republicans who have defended Kavanaugh in the face of Ford's allegations. ABC News reports the author might be Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

On July 9 after Kavanaugh had become the Supreme Court nominee, Ford said she received a call from Eshoo's office.

Trump reportedly phoned Kavanaugh ahead of Thursday's hearing and urged him to push back forcefully, and many observers interpreted Kavanaugh's aggressive testimony as intended for the president.

She challenged the enthusiastic Utah audience, who gave her a spontaneous standing ovation at the start of her speech, to think about what they might do next if they're disappointed with how things unfold in the coming days.

Collins walked into that meeting carrying a copy of Julie Swetnick's signed declaration, which included fresh accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh and his high school friend Judge.

"We also believe Christine Blasey Ford", the ad reads, referencing two women who accused Supreme Court nominees of sexual misconduct almost three decades apart.

"His testimony was powerful, honest and riveting", Mr Trump said. "You are sitting here before members of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee because you had the courage to come forward because, as you have said, you believe it was your civic duty".

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Heitkamp stressed that a nonpartisan FBI investigation should be conducted to "bring greater clarity" to Ford's claim and Kavanaugh's denial.

Hogue said Kavanaugh's role in the Bush White House and his position on Roe v. Wade also disqualifies him - but added that Ford's testimony shows that he "is absolutely unfit to sit on any federal bench". "I was 19. #MeToo", marking the year she was sexually assaulted, said it was unthinkable that she be anywhere but Capitol Hill on Thursday. Republicans control the Senate 51-49 and can lose only one vote.

He paused, tried to contain his emotions, then said, "We mean no ill will".

The messages were directed at two audiences - one was Trump, who had backed Kavanaugh but left open the possibility that he would pull the nomination if he believed Blasey, and the other was the clutch of three or four senators whose votes seemed genuinely in play.

Collins, another Republican supporter of abortion rights, is considered the other Republican swing voter in the Senate. "I hope the American people can see through this sham".

"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter".

Leahy also questioned Ford about the image that was most ingrained in her memory of the assault.

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