After a historic Senate hearing, what comes next for Brett Kavanaugh?

Saul Bowman
September 28, 2018

"Brett and Mark came into the bedroom and locked the door behind them", she said.

In extraordinary and at times emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Blasey Ford, a psychology professor in California, said it was "absolutely not" possible that she had mistakenly identified Kavanaugh as her attacker.

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

During a break in the hearing, some of Kavanaugh's strongest supporters gave no indications of wavering.

They have accused Ms Ford and the other women of making unproven allegations and have questioned why they had not publicly revealed them for decades. Senators were set to hear from two witnesses: Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault during a high school gathering in the early 1980s.

"I just wanted to let you know I'm very sorry", Mitchell said. But Ford strongly disputed that assertion. Ford's attorney Debra Katz said her client considers the alleged incident to be an "attempted rape". But in a statement emailed to the Senate Judiciary Committee and later shared with Politico, Keyser's lawyer said she "has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering" where Kavanaugh was present. Ford said Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, who were 17 at the time, were also at the party and appeared to have been drinking heavily beforehand.

A classmate of Kavauaugh from Yale University, Deborah Ramirez of Boulder, alleges that the future Judge exposed himself to her. Republicans huddled after the hearing, while Donald Trump demanded the Senate proceed with a vote, leaving a handful of possibilities for Kavanaugh's prospects in the coming days.

The Hawaii senator also sent a fundraising email while the hearing was in session, prompting criticism that she was trying to use Ford's testimony to help her re-election campaign.

"Republican senators have delayed this for weeks now", Trump said.

"You say it was Brett Kavanaugh that covered your mouth to prevent you from screaming", the senator said. "She obviously was traumatized by an event". 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. Chuck Grassley said the committee will convene at 9:30 a.m.

Asked his thoughts on Kavanaugh's testimony, Leahy responded: "I found it well rehearsed".

However he fervently denies allegations of abuse from several other woman.

Republicans acknowledged that much was riding on Mr Kavanaugh's performance. Feinstein's office, Ford said. A close family friend, Laura Cox Kaplan, sat to the right of Kavanaugh's wife, looking visibly upset and rubbing Ashley Kavanaugh's arm when the nominee called her a "rock".

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