Dr. Christine Ford appeared publicly for the first time Thursday morning; answering questions from Democratic Senators and an appointed attorney over allegations of sexual abuse by Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the early 1980s.
In her high-stakes testimony, Dr. Ford flat-out rejected the theory she may have mistaken Kavanaugh’s identity with another attacker; adding she was “100 percent” confident who assaulted her at a party.
“So what you are telling us is that this could not be a case of mistaken identity?” Sen. Feinstein asked.
“Absolutely not,” Ford replied.
When pressed by Attorney Rachel Mitchell regarding her August lie-detector test, Ford couldn’t say who financed the polygraph.
“Do you know who did pay for the polygraph?” asked Mitchell.
“Not yet, no,” Ford replied.
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GRASSLEY SPEAKS: Senate Judiciary Chairman Releases Kavanaugh Statement
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley released a statement regarding President Trump’s pick to join the Supreme Court Monday afternoon; saying Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser “deserves to be heard” in an “appropriate manner.”
Grassley officially commented on the growing controversy just days after Sen. Dianne Feinstein disclosed a letter sent to the FBI that contained allegations of sexual misconduct when Kavanaugh attended high school approximately 35 years ago.
“Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner,” said the statement from Grassley’s office.
The Senator added the Judiciary Committee will be “working diligently to get to the bottom of these claims.”
“The standard procedure for updates to any nominee’s background investigation file is to conduct separate follow-up calls with relevant parties,” said the statement.
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IT’S OFFICIAL: Grassley Schedules Kavanaugh Confirmation Vote for Friday
Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley confirmed Tuesday that US lawmakers will vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process Friday morning; setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown less than 24 hours after hearing from his accuser.
According to Politico, “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) can bring Kavanaugh to the floor whether the nominee gets a favorable or unfavorable recommendation. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is undecided on Kavanaugh’s nomination and is the key swing vote on the panel.”
“For Republicans to schedule a Friday vote on Brett Kavanaugh today, two days before Dr. Blasey Ford has had a chance to tell her story, is outrageous,” claimed Sen Dianne Feinstein. “First Republicans demanded Dr. Blasey Ford testify immediately. Now Republicans don’t even need to hear her before they move ahead with a vote.”
“I’m confident we’re going to win; I’m confident that he will be confirmed in the very near future,” McConnell fired-back.
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