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Supreme Cloister appointee Brett M. Kavanaugh angrily denied allegations of animal delinquency and declared his acceptance activity a “national disgrace” during affirmation afore a Senate board Thursday.
One of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, batten and answered questions beforehand in the day. She said she was “one hundred percent” assertive that Admiral Trump’s appointee was the man who attacked her aback she was 15.
Highlights from the hearing:
• Ford says she is ‘one hundred percent’ abiding Kavanaugh was amenable for declared assault
• Republicans mostly silent, acquiescent catechism time to prosecutor
• Kavanaugh delivers affronted aperture statement
• Asked about an FBI investigation, Kavanaugh defers to committee
• Trump ‘riveted’ by Kavanaugh testimony
• Kavanaugh claims allegations are a ‘political hit,’ lashes out at Democrats
• Republicans authentic accord for Kavanaugh, activity apologies
• Kavanaugh said he did not watch Ford’s testimony
• Trump tweets able endorsement afterwards Kavanaugh testimony
• Board to accede Kavanaugh choice on Friday
8:18 p.m.: Board to accede Kavanaugh choice on Friday
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said the Senate Attorneys Board will vote on Kavanaugh’s choice as planned on Friday, with procedural votes on Saturday and Monday and a final acceptance vote on Tuesday.
Cornyn bidding aplomb that Kavanaugh would be confirmed, admitting the actuality that several senators acquire not declared a position.
“We’re still talking through those issues and I’m optimistic we’ll get to confirmation,” Cornyn said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) additionally said he was “very optimistic” as he boarded an elevator at the Capitol.
Questions had swirled beforehand in the night about whether the Attorneys Board would advance with its appointed vote.
Several of the senators who acquire not declared a position on Kavanaugh — Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) — captivated a abrupt affair in a clandestine arrangement in the Capitol architecture afterwards the hearing.
Asked by reporters if he believed Ford, Flake said, “I’m not answering those kinds of questions.” “We’ll see,” he said Aback asked if he was accessible to vote as allotment of the Attorneys Board on Friday, he said, “We’ll see.”
Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who authentic antecedent Trump Supreme Cloister appointee Neil Gorsuch forth with Manchin, acquire additionally not said how they will vote on Kavanaugh.
Exiting the affair with Collins, Flake and Murkowski, Manchin said he didn’t apperceive what the others would do.
“Nobody told me what accommodation they made,” he said. “Nobody has.”
7:33 p.m.: Rank-and-file Republicans articulation abutment for Kavanaugh
Like Trump, rank-and-file Republicans in the Senate common their abutment for Kavanaugh afterwards Thursday’s hearing, with several calling on leaders to authority abrupt votes.
Within a few annual in the 7 p.m. hour, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) issued statements of support.
“I acquire Adjudicator Kavanaugh,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) aback bent by a reporter.
Even added arch Republicans seemed accessible to move forward.
“He’s activity to be accepted and he should be,” said Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (Utah), the chamber’s longest confined Republican.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said he didn’t “see any acumen why we wouldn’t advance to the markup tomorrow and afresh go to the attic Saturday.”
“We did what we said we would do for Dr. Ford and gave her a fair befalling to acquire her say. It still charcoal bottomless by all the bodies that were there,” he said.
7:22 p.m.: Apostle for Mark Adjudicator issues statement
Ford has said that Mark Judge, a acquaintance of Kavanaugh’s in aerial school, was a attestant to her declared assault. Adjudicator was not declared to affirm on Thursday and has beneath to allege to reporters.
Barbara VanGelder, an apostle for Judge, issued a annual on his annual afterwards the hearing.
“Mr. Adjudicator does not anamnesis the contest declared by Dr. Ford in her affirmation afore the U.S. Senate Attorneys Board today,” VanGelder stated. “We acquire told the Board that Mr. Adjudicator does not appetite to animadversion about these contest publicly. We additionally acquire said that he is accommodating to acknowledgment accounting questions, and he has. In addition, he is accommodating to participate in a confidential, fact-finding investigation. He will not acknowledge to any media inquiries.”
7:05 p.m.: Both Ford, Kavanaugh say they’re 100 percent assertive
During the hearing, both Ford and Kavanaugh said they were 100 percent assertive their adaptation of contest was correct.
Before noon, Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) asked what amount of authoritativeness Ford had that Kavanaugh had attacked her.
“One hundred percent,” Ford said.
Thursday evening, Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) asked Kavanaugh whether he had any doubts that the accusations are untrue.
“Zero,” he answered. “Hundred percent certain, Senator.”
6:46 p.m.: Trump tweets able endorsement afterwards Kavanaugh testimony
Trump gave Kavanaugh a able vote of aplomb Thursday afterwards his affirmation afore the Attorneys Committee.
“Judge Kavanaugh showed America absolutely why I nominated him,” the admiral wrote on Twitter. “His affirmation was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ chase and abort activity is blameworthy and this activity has been a absolute adulterated and accomplishment to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate allegation vote!”
6:45 p.m.: Audition adjourns
After added than 7 hours of testimony, the Attorneys Board gaveled out for the day. Republican senators ancient anon afterwards for a arrangement meeting.
6:41 p.m.: Kavanaugh said he did not watch Ford’s testimony
Under ytic by Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Kavanaugh said he did not watch Ford’s affirmation beforehand in the day.
“I did not,” Kavanaugh said, “but I planned to.”
He said he was advancing his own testimony.
6:35 p.m.: Feinstein denies aperture Ford’s story
The top Democrat on the Attorneys Board responded advisedly to accusations by Republicans that she had been secretly ambuscade Ford’s accusation to bounce it on Kavanaugh in the advance up to a board vote.
“I did not adumbrate Dr. Ford’s allegations. I did not aperture her story. She asked me to authority it arcane and I kept it arcane as she asked,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said.
“She was affected to appear advanced and her greatest abhorrence was realized.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) batten up to ask Feinstein whether he agents had leaked the letter anecdotic Ford’s allegations.
Feinstein said she had not asked her agents about it; her agents ambassador afresh a in her ear that she had in actuality already asked about it: “The acknowledgment is no,” Feinstein told Cornyn.
Later, as Republicans connected to allude that Democrats had leaked the letter in adjustment to actualize a firestorm, Feinstein speculated that a acquaintance of Ford’s adeptness acquire appear to a anchorman about it.
“It did not aperture from us, I assure you of that,” Feinstein said.
6:33 p.m.: Republicans authentic accord for Kavanaugh, activity apologies
One by one, the Republican assembly ytic Kavanaugh bemoaned the timing of the allegations adjoin the adjudicator and they apologized abundantly for the accident done to his acceptability and to his family.
“This is a borough disgrace, the way you’re actuality treated,” said Hatch.
“You’ve been advised unfairly,” said Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).
“Watching your mother’s afflicted face has been heart-wrenching as she’s aboveboard your name abject through the mud,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.).
The Republicans acknowledgment to Kavanaugh had deferred to Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to catechism Ford during the morning affair and offered no such affliction to the California professor.
6:18 p.m.: Supreme Cloister appears to be cat-and-mouse on Kavanaugh aftereffect to adjudge abounding schedule
Earlier Thursday, the eight justices of the Supreme Cloister appear that they added bristles cases to the new appellation that begins Monday.
It was a alert acknowledgment from their summer break: The cloister usually adds far added cases from the annual of applications that accumulation up during those months. That would assume to announce that the cloister is cat-and-mouse to see what happens with Kavanaugh afore authoritative some decisions.
It showed no activity on a appeal to amend a lower court’s accommodation that a ample cantankerous on a active artery aloof alfresco Washington is an actionable endorsement of adoration on accessible land. The Maryland Peace Cantankerous was erected about 100 years ago as a canonizing to Marylanders dead in Apple War I. The cloister could still add that case and others at a afterwards date.
To accompany the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh allegation be accepted by the Attorneys Board and afresh accepted by a majority vote of the abounding Senate. A board vote is appointed for Friday.
6:10 p.m.: What Washington acquainted like during the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings
A attenuate moment of blackout befell Washington on Thursday.
Elected admiral holed themselves up in their offices to watch a audition that captivated a nation. Admiral Trump watched, riveted, and canceled his much-anticipated affair with Deputy Apostle General Rod J. Rosenstein. Like abundant of the city, he was afraid to absence the Senate audition that featured affirmation from Kavanaugh and Ford, the woman who has accused him of animal advance while the two were in aerial school.
Crowds aggregate in basement coffee shops about the Capitol, not for antecedent affairs or annual sessions, but to authority their aggregate animation and watch as Ford, her articulation clashing and arise with emotion, declared that Kavanaugh had affianced her bottomward on a bed in the aboriginal 1980s and covered her aperture with his duke aback she approved to bark for help.
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‘This brings aback so abundant pain’: Hear the abstraction C-SPAN alarm from a animal advance survivor
5:32 p.m.: Hatch says activity worse than Bork, Thomas confirmations
Hatch declared the “circus atmosphere” surrounding Kavanaugh’s acceptance “worse than Robert Bork, worse than Clarence Thomas. I didn’t anticipate it could get any worse.”
“This is a borough abasement the way you’re actuality treated,” Hatch said, his articulation ascent in atheism at the angle that the board is ytical the judge’s antics as an “immature aerial schooler.”
Justice Clarence Thomas, during his acceptance to the Supreme Cloister in 1991, was accused by a aloft abettor of animal harassment, which he denied. That employee, Anita Hill, testified afore the Attorneys Board and was interviewed by the FBI.
Robert Bork was nominated to the Supreme Cloister by Admiral Ronald Reagan in 1987. His choice was alone by Senate Democrats.
5:25 p.m.: How Fox reacted to Ford’s testimony
Fox Annual announcers likened the breach amid Ford’s affirmation Thursday morning and the Supreme Cloister nominee’s actualization to “halftime.”
Their cast of the aboriginal half? Not adorable acceptable for the home team.
Fox Annual ballast Chris Wallace declared Ford’s affirmation “extremely emotional, acutely raw, and acutely credible.”
“This is a adversity for the Republicans,” he said.
Other Fox reporters and hosts aggregate doubts about Ford’s testimony.
Fox Annual arch White Abode contributor John Roberts piped in the band from the White House, adage that officials, who he did not name, “told me there were a lot of inconsistencies in things she said, a lot of gaps in her bond but that she was absolute affecting in the cogent of the story.”
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5:22 p.m.: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan calls for adjournment in Kavanaugh vote
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan aing three added Republican governors Thursday in calling on the U.S. Senate to adjournment a vote on Supreme Cloister appointee Brett M. Kavanaugh until animal delinquency allegations adjoin the adjudicator are absolutely investigated.
“The governor believes there should be a abounding assay above-mentioned to the activity affective advanced in any way,” Hogan’s spokeswoman, Amelia Chasse, said in a statement.
Govs. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Phil Scott of Vermont and John Kasich of Ohio acquire additionally burst with borough affair leaders and declared for absorption in proceeding with Kavanaugh’s acceptance process.
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5:19 p.m.: White Abode signals that it stands abaft Kavanaugh
The White Abode signaled Thursday afternoon that it remained abaft Kavanaugh afterwards a diffuse day of affecting affirmation on Capitol Hill that absorbed the nation.
White Abode columnist secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted acclaim for Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), who had delivered a ablaze accent arresting the appointee and advancing Democrats:
Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, who generally channels the admiral on acute political matters, additionally accepted Graham’s remarks:
Trump has not commented on the testimony, admitting he has advanced said he backed the adjudicator and questioned Ford’s account, adage the declared adventure was about four decades ago and that she should acquire appear her accusation at the time.
White Abode admiral were adequate at Kavanaugh’s antagonistic accent Thursday afternoon, area he forcefully, and sometimes tearfully, dedicated himself adjoin accuse that he ually assaulted Ford in aerial school. He additionally faces accusations from two added women of animal misconduct.
Aides said Trump was watching the audition carefully and admired Kavanaugh’s indignation. He advanced complained that Kavanaugh was not bull abundant in his aegis in a Fox Annual interview.
Aides grew anxious Thursday morning that the choice was up in the air afterwards Ford gave affirmation that abounding about Trump saw as compelling. Trump was additionally frustrated, the aides said.
Inside the White House, the choice is aboveboard as a “50-50” proposition, one arch administering official texted backward Thursday.
Trump does not get a vote in the matter, and abounding of the abstinent Republicans who allegation to vote for Kavanaugh for him to be accepted do not acquire aing ties with Trump.
5:02 p.m.: Kavanaugh claims allegations are a ‘political hit,’ lashes out at Democrats
From the alpha of the hearing, Kavanaugh claimed that the accusations adjoin him were politically motivated. And his acrimony flared as he was anon questioned by Democratic senators.
Kavanaugh disconnected Feinstein while she spoke, and curtly alone her questions about an accusation fabricated this week. He ogously cut off Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.), at one point arresting him by afresh criticizing how Feinstein handled the aboriginal letter advertence Ford’s allegations.
Kavanaugh additionally disconnected Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) during his ytic about the judge’s bubbler as a adolescent man, allurement Whitehouse what he admired to drink.
At one point, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) apprenticed Kavanaugh about whether he was actuality aboveboard about not accepting drank to balance in aerial academy and college.
“Drinking is one thing, but the affair is about truthfulness,” she said. “Was there anytime a time aback you couldn’t bethink what happened or allotment of what happened?”
Kavanaugh approved to about-face the tables, and asked Klobuchar whether she had anytime blacked out. “I’m curious,” he said.
“I acquire no bubbler problem, judge,” the abettor responded.
“Neither do I,” Kavanaugh said.
Kavanaugh afterwards apologized for his question.
Characterizing the accusations as a “calculated and orrated political hit,” Kavanaugh claimed that they were fueled by acrimony at Admiral Trump’s acclamation in 2016 and bodies gluttonous animus on annual of the Clinton family.
His animadversion were a aciculate adverse from his attitude three weeks beforehand aback he appeared afore the aforementioned senators and, crumbling to abandon Trump’s attacks on the judiciary, fatigued the ideal of an apolitical judge.
“We breach out of politics,” Kavanaugh said during his beforehand audition Sept. 6. “We don’t animadversion on comments fabricated by politicians.”
The audition entered a abbreviate alcove at 5:09.
4:46 p.m.: Graham lays into Democrats, calls acceptance activity ‘unethical sham’
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), one of Kavanaugh’s best bent defenders as he faced the allegations of animal misconduct, ripped Democrats in a bent accent for agreeable in the “most bent sham” he’s aboveboard in his absolute political career.
The aboriginal Republican abettor a from Attorneys Board Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) to speak, Graham seemed like he was auction acrimony that had been pent up for days.
“This is the best bent adulterated aback I’ve been in politics,” Graham said, adverse a row of stone-faced Senate Democrats.
And adverse anon adjoin Flake, who has not appear how he will vote, Graham vowed: “To my Republican colleagues, if you vote ‘no,’ you’re legitimizing the best abject affair I acquire aboveboard in my time in politics.”
4:21 p.m.: Trump ‘riveted’ by Kavanaugh testimony
President Trump was “riveted” as he watched Kavanaugh’s aggressive aperture annual and told bodies in his aing circle, “this is why I nominated him,” according to a actuality aing to the admiral who was not accustomed to allege publicly.
A actuality aing to Kavanaugh said the animadversion were not “pre-cleared with the White House.” “This is 100 percent Brett Kavanaugh,” the actuality said.
Before Kavanaugh’s testimony, a Trump adviser who was not accustomed to allege about said Ford’s affirmation was “certainly credible” and dealt a cogent draft to Kavanaugh’s affairs of aing the Supreme Court.
The adviser said White Abode aides watched the affirmation with a biconcave feeling, with some crafting a advancement plan to appetite the admiral to accomplish a new choice — a woman. Some abide bent to abide to accompany Kavanaugh’s confirmation, cerebration he artlessly needs to appear out swinging, and assert that the declared advance never occurred.
“I feel sad for everybody here,” including for Ford, Kavanaugh, Kavanaugh’s wife and family, the adviser said. “At the end of the day, somebody bare to do bigger homework, maybe.”
Communication amid Trump administering admiral and Senate Republicans was bound throughout Thursday, with GOP leaders advancement that they — not the White Abode — were in aing ascendancy of the acceptance process.
Talk of a declared “Plan B,” should Kavanaugh withdraw, was aerial amid arch Senate Republicans, but did crop up a in conversations as assembly and aides watched the affirmation and texted, at times anxiously, to anniversary added about what abounding of them saw as a strong, acute about-face by Ford.
4:08 p.m.: Mitchell begins with ablaze questions for Kavanaugh
Republican assembly deferred to Mitchell to catechism Kavanaugh as they did with Ford.
In a alternation of detailed, ablaze questions, Mitchell absolutely ran through Ford’s allegations.
She asked Kavanaugh whether he had anytime covered Ford’s aperture with his hand. Had he anytime approved to aish her clothes? Had he anytime approved to rub his genitals on her body?
Kavanaugh responded “no” to anniversary of her questions.
The audition went into a abrupt alcove at 4:17 p.m.
4:06 p.m.: Kavanaugh dismisses allegations from Avenatti client
Kavanaugh absolved claims from his latest accuser, Julie Swetnick, in affirmation afore the Attorneys Committee.
Swetnick’s apostle is Michael Avenatti, who additionally represents adult-film extra Stormy Daniels.
Swetnick said in an affirmation appear Wednesday that Kavanaugh was present at a abode affair in 1982 area she alleges she was the victim of a assemblage rape.
On Thursday, Kavanaugh responded to those claims.
“The Swetnick affair is a joke,” he said. “It’s a farce.”
4:02 p.m.: Asked about an FBI investigation, Kavanaugh defers to committee
Pressed on why he wasn’t allurement the FBI to delving Ford’s allegation, Kavanaugh said he will “do whatever the board wants.”
Feinstein asked: “If you are absolute assured of your position, why aren’t you additionally allurement the FBI to investigate?”
“Senator, I’ll do whatever the board wants,” Kavanaugh replied. “I capital the audition a day afterwards the accusation came up.”
He added: “Whatever the board decides, I’m all in, immediately.”
Senate Democrats acquire asked for an absolute assay of Ford’s charges. Republicans acquire vowed to delving them but acquire not accustomed an alfresco inquiry.
Later, Leahy apprenticed Kavanaugh on whether Judge, declared to acquire alternate in the advance that Ford describes, should be interviewed by the FBI.
“He’s already provided affidavit testimony,” Kavanaigh said, afresh pivoted to criticizing Democrats for their administration of the allegations.
On Thursday afternoon, a apostle for Judge, Barbara Van Gelder, beneath to acknowledgment questions about her applicant until the audition was over.
Van Gelder told The Post beforehand this anniversary that her applicant has annihilation to accommodate the Attorneys Board because he doesn’t anamnesis actuality present for the declared advance that Ford said occurred at a aerial academy affair in the 1980s.
3:41 p.m.: Kavanaugh said he drank beer in aerial school, never blacked out
Deep into his aperture statement, Kavanaugh batten bluntly about his aerial academy affair in what appeared to be an accomplishment to defuse abeyant ytic about his bubbler and partying habits as a teenager.
In a Fox Annual Channel annual this week, Kavanaugh portrayed his aerial academy years as added focused on sports, abbey and academy than on partying — arch some commentators to advance that he was bark his hard-partying past.
On Thursday, Kavanaugh accepted to agreeable in arrears bubbler but he said he never blacked out from drinking.
“I drank beer with my accompany — about anybody did,” he said. “Sometimes I had too abounding beers. Sometimes others did. I admired beer. I still like beer. But I did not booze beer to the point of blacking out, and I never ually assaulted anyone.
“There is a ablaze band amid bubbler beer, which I acquiescently do and which I absolutely embrace, and ually assaulting someone, which is a agitated crime,” he said.
Throughout his aperture remarks, Kavanaugh cried, sniffed and drank water, and he struggled to get through the annual he said he’d able on his own on Wednesday.
As he had during a television interview, Kavanaugh declared himself as ually amateur as a adolescent man.
He went on to authentic affliction for a aerial academy annual folio that included aboveboard references to awkward aerial jinks, like the “100 Kegs Club.”
His aeon at Georgetown Prep, he said, “wanted the annual to be some aggregate of ‘Animal House,’ ‘Caddyshack’ and ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ which were all contempo movies at that time. Abounding of us went forth in the year book to the point of absurdity.”
Later, Mitchell asked Kavanaugh what he advised to be “too abounding beers.”
“I don’t apperceive — you know, whatever the blueprint says, blood-alcohol chart,” he said, briefly aflame a smile.
Mitchell afresh asked him whether he had anytime “passed out” from drinking.
Kavanaugh said he han’t, “but I’ve gone to sleep. But I’ve never blacked out — that’s the allegation. And that’s, that’s wrong.”
Mitchell able him on whether, while drinking, he’d anytime woken up in a altered location, woken up with his clothes in a altered action or afterwards been told article he did not remember.
No, he said repeatedly: “We drank beer, and, you know, so did, I think, the all-inclusive majority of bodies of our age at the time. In any event, we drank beer and still do.”
3:10 p.m.: Kavanaugh delivers affronted and affecting aperture statement
Kavanaugh delivered an affronted and affecting aegis of his actualization and conduct afterwards he was affidavit in.
Speaking for 45 minutes, he lashed out at his political foes and declared his acceptance activity a “national disgrace.” The comments were a affecting abandonment from his able remarks.
“You acquire replaced ‘advise and consent’ with ‘search and destroy,’ ” he said, accusing Democrats of gluttonous to “blow me up and booty me down” afterwards he sailed through his beforehand hearings.
At several points, Kavanaugh became emotional. His wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, sat abaft him in the camera frame, actualization to authority aback tears.
“The added night, Ashley and my babe Liza said their prayers, and little Liza, all of 10 years old, said to Ashley, ‘We should adjure for the women,’ ” he said. “That’s a lot of acumen from a 10-year-old.”
Kavanaugh’s animadversion were evocative of Justice Clarence Thomas’s ashen antiphon afterwards law Assistant Anita Hill testified adjoin him in 1991. Thomas declared it a “high-tech lynching” orrated by his opponents.
“You may defeat me in the final vote, but you’ll never get me to quit, ever,” Kavanaugh said.
“Listen to the bodies I know. Acquire to the bodies who acquire accepted me my accomplished life. Acquire to the bodies I’ve developed up with and formed with and played with and accomplished with and anachronous and accomplished and gone to amateur with and had beers with. And acquire to the assemblage who were allegedly at this accident 30 years ago,” he said.
Behind him sat a band of women, all in black, forth with his ancestor and White Abode admonition Donald McGahn.
Kavanaugh appropriate that the timing of the accusations had been anxiously planned by Senate Democrats afterwards the acceptance hearings beforehand this month.
“Some of you were lying in wait,” Kavanaugh said, authoritative what appeared to be a advertence to Feinstein. “This accusation was captivated in abstruse for weeks” and acclimated “only aback you couldn’t booty me out on the merits.”
“I will not be abashed into abandoning from this process,” he said.
3:08 p.m.: Audition resumes with Kavanaugh at the attestant table
Kavanaugh entered the audition allowance captivation easily with his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, and took his bench advanced of aperture affirmation and questions from senators.
2:16 p.m.: Ford ytic concludes, audition recesses
When the board returns, Kavanaugh will acquire the befalling to bear an aperture statement, followed by senators’ questions.
2:12 p.m.: Harris takes a attempt at Mitchell, tells Ford ‘you are not on trial’
Harris took a ablaze attempt at Mitchell as she referenced the Maricopa Canton attorney’s admonition on ambidextrous with animal advance victims. Mitchell is the arch of the appropriate victims assemblage in the Arizona county.
Harris additionally launched an animated aegis of Ford in her bristles annual of ytic Thursday.
“You apperceive you are not on trial. You are not on trial,” Harris said. “You acquire the adventuresomeness to appear advanced because as you acquire said, you acquire it was your borough duty.”
When Harris mentioned the Maricopa Canton manual, Mitchell smiled deeply and took a few notes.
2:09 p.m.: Analytic refers to lawyer’s ‘mistaken identity’ theory
The audition fabricated casual advertence to a aberrant sideshow to the Kavanaugh acceptance adventure — the accomplishment by a acclaimed bourgeois apostle to pin the declared advance on a Georgetown Prep acquaintance of Kavanaugh’s.
The lawyer, Ed Whelan, acquaint a diffuse cilia on Twitter aftermost anniversary apperception that, because this acquaintance looked agnate to Kavanaugh and lived in a abode ogous Ford’s descriptions of the assault, he could be the absolute culprit. Whelan afterwards deleted the tweets and apologized.
Mitchell on Thursday asked Ford about “a acquaintance who was absolutely array of the affiliation amid you and Brett Kavanaugh.”
Ford beneath to name that person, citation Whelan “trying to accusation the person” for the assault.
“I don’t feel like it’s appropriate for us to be talking about that,” Ford said.
Ford did say she knew the actuality in catechism from Columbia Country Club, and “went out with him” for a time in aerial school.
Mitchell abashed on to ask Ford about her interactions with Kavanaugh afore the declared assault. Ford said she was at four or bristles parties during her apprentice or blooming years of aerial academy area Kavanaugh was present.
“Did annihilation appear at these contest like we’re talking about?” Mitchell asked.
“There was no animal advance at any of those events,” Ford replied. “Is that what you’re asking?”
Ford has articular three bodies in accession to Kavanaugh who she says were at the affair in summer 1982. Mitchell apprenticed Ford about why Judge, P.J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser acquire all said in statements to the board that they acquire no anamnesis or adeptness of the party.
Ford said she was not afraid aback it came to Smyth or Keyser. For them, she said, “it was an accustomed evening.”
“Nothing arresting happened to them that evening,” she said. “They were downstairs.”
Judge, who Ford says was in the allowance with Kavanaugh aback the declared advance occurred, “is a altered story,” she said.
1:50 p.m.: ‘This is not a courtroom,’ Booker says
After a alternation of acicular questions from Mitchell about how Ford would pay her accustomed fees, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said: “I appetite to admonish everyone, this is not a courtroom. This is not a accustomed proceeding.”
Booker characterized Ford as a hero for advancing advanced with her story, and accepted her “courage and bravery.”
“How we accord with survivors who appear advanced is unacceptable,” he said.
Booker additionally quoted one of his Republican colleagues on the committee, Flake, and his appeal for amenity in a attic accent Wednesday. Flake did not say during his accent how he would vote, but said he would acquire to affirmation from both Ford and Kavanaugh afore authoritative up his mind.
1:41 p.m.: Audition resumes with advancing questions
The audition reconvened afterwards a about one-hour breach with some of the best advancing ytic of the day.
Mitchell asked Ford about how her polygraph assay was actuality paid for. Afterwards Ford bidding some confusion, her apostle Debra Katz batten to the senators for the aboriginal time: “Let me put an end to this mystery. Her attorneys paid for this polygraph.”
Co-counsel Michael R. Bromwich added, “As is routine.”
Later, Mitchell apprenticed Ford on the alternation of aegis of her arcane letter to Democratic assembly and how it adeptness acquire become public.
“It was my compassionate that it was activity to be kept confidential, period,” Ford said.
Mitchell afresh asked Ford whether it was “possible” that some one abroad had aggregate it added widely.
After Ford bidding confusion, Katz afresh jumped in: “You’ve asked her not to guess, and now you’re allurement her what’s possible. If you appetite to ask her what she knows, you should ask her what she knows.”
Grassley directed Ford to acknowledgment the question.
“I don’t absolutely acquire the question, but I didn’t allege with anyone besides my counsel,” Ford said. She added that she did not apperceive how he letter’s actuality ultimately became public.
1:39 p.m.: Hatch calls Ford ‘attractive,’ ‘pleasing’ during break
After the audition recessed for lunch, senators were confronted by reporters as they went to the attic to vote.
Hatch, a affiliate of the Attorneys Board and the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, was asked whether Ford was “credible” in her testimony.
He declared her “attractive” and a “good witness.”
“I don’t anticipate she’s un-credible. I anticipate she’s an attractive, acceptable witness. But it’s way early,” he said.
Asked what he meant by “attractive,” Hatch said: “In added words, she’s pleasing.” He said the audition had not annoyed his abutment for Kavanaugh but he declared it “interesting.”
Manchin said he had aboveboard alone “bits and pieces” of the audition and will abstain acumen until he watches it in full.
Manchin was ytical of Republicans for not ytic Ford themselves.
“We’re the ones who booty the oath,” he said.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) declared the affirmation “riveting.”
“It’s absolute acute and affecting for her obviously, and I anticipate anybody who’s watching it’s gotta feel the aforementioned way. That’s all I’m activity to say,” she said.
Some added Republican senators — James M. Inhofe (Okla.) and Mike Circuit (S.D.) — said they had not been watching.
Flake, who has criticized the politicization of the altercation and railed adjoin the acrid assay of both Kavanaugh and Ford, said he was “glad she’s here.” He beneath to animadversion at breadth until the audition ended.
Flake was trailed by reporters as he absolved alfresco the Capitol and aback to the arrangement architecture area the audition is actuality held. A accumulation of protesters saw him and shouted: “Vote no!”
1:37 p.m.: Audition gavels aback in
After a longer-than-expected break, the ytic resumed with Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).
1:17 p.m.: Republicans mostly silent, acquiescent catechism time to prosecutor
Before the audition recessed, Republican senators one by one anesthetized on ytic Ford, handing over article they do at every added audition to Mitchell.
“We anticipate the added we breach out of it, the better,” said Hatch afterwards the aboriginal chapter of the hearing.
Grassley and the blow of his Republican colleagues deferred to Mitchell, an Arizona prosecutor who served as proxy for the lawmakers. Republicans faced the afflictive eyes of the all-male Republican calendar on the board ytic Ford.
Democrats acclimated their turns to acclaim Ford and acclaim catechism her. And they couldn’t abide commenting on the GOP’s silence.
“They fabricated a accommodation to not absolutely do their built-in duty. This woman is extraordinary, she’s calm, she’s honest,” said Klobuchar.
1:09 p.m.: Viewers about the country watch Ford’s testimony, transfixed
LAKE WORTH, Fla. — “It looks like she’s crying,” Hilda Darkins said, as several retirees about her dabbed their own eyes. “Who can accusation her?”
At the Mid-County Arch Centermost here, two dozen bodies sat about annular tables, adverse the television. They watched Ford, who was watching in blackout as Grassley and Feinstein apprehend diffuse aperture statements . . .
The adeptness of the moment — the acumen that bodies cried in aeroplane seats and declared into C-SPAN to acquaint their own belief of animal advance — was in seeing Ford acquaint a adventure of clandestine affliction afore a massive accessible audience.
It was to see her speak, afterwards alive yet who would acquire her.
“16A: Crying. 14B: Crying. 17C: Weeping,” Ron Lieber, a New York Times columnist, wrote on Twitter from a flight headed from New York to Salt Lake City, advertisement the reactions as cartage watched the audition on seat-back televisions. “I am one of the criers.”
As the hearings began, some of the busiest places in the country fell quiet. At the New York Stock Exchange, Brad Smith — an ballast for the annual armpit Cheddar — said frequently corybantic traders were all watching the TVs. Phones rang in the background, unanswered.
In the Capitol architecture itself, the halls were quiet, as senators not on the Attorneys Board bunkered in their offices to watch TV.
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1:01 p.m.: Lunchtime annual list
Further advantage and assay from The Washington Post:
Mark Judge’s book validates Christine Blasey Ford’s timeline of the declared Kavanaugh assault
Chuck Grassley’s heavy-handed administration of a absolute aerial hearing
‘I acquire never ually assaulted anyone’: Brett Kavanaugh’s aperture annual to Congress, annotated
How cable annual networks are accoutrement the Kavanaugh-Ford audition
The botheration with authoritative a -crimes prosecutor the face of Senate Attorneys Republicans
12:42 p.m.: Audition belly for lunch
Senators will acquire an befalling to vote and face reporters. Ford’s affirmation will abide about 1:10 p.m.
12:36 p.m.: Ford says it would be her ‘preference’ for Adjudicator to testify
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) asked Ford whether she capital Judge, who she says was present for the declared advance and whom she says she encountered at a bazaar weeks afterward, to about testify.
“That would be my preference. I’m not abiding it’s absolutely up to me,” she replied.
Said Blumenthal, “It’s not up to you, it’s up to the admiral of the United States, and his abortion to ask for an FBI assay is, in my view, alike to a coverup.”
Blumenthal said he activate Ford’s affirmation “powerful and credible, and I acquire you.”
“You acquire aggressive and accustomed adventuresomeness to women to appear forward,” and aggressive men, he said, “to acquire respectfully to women survivors and men, who acquire survived animal attack, and that is a abstruse accessible annual behindhand of what happens with this nomination.”
Ford seemed to breach up aback Blumenthal apprehend a access from a book by Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), addition affiliate of the committee. Graham declared his assignment as a prosecutor and the adventuresomeness it takes for abduction victims to allotment their alarming stories.
An abettor to Blumenthal provided the abounding passage.
“I abstruse how abundant abrupt adventuresomeness from a abysmal and hidden abode it takes for a abduction victim or ually abused adolescent to affirm adjoin their assailants. Aggravating to get a scared, confused, little kid or adolescent woman who feels the best allotment of her activity is over to anamnesis a anamnesis that their every cerebral actuation is aggravating to aish is not article you forget. It has backward with me anytime since,” Graham wrote.
12:22 p.m.: Asked about ‘boys will be boys,’ Ford describes furnishings of declared assault
Under ytic from Sen. Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.), Ford deployed her adeptness as a ysis yst in acknowledgment her acquaintance and recollections of the declared assault.
Asked by Coons for her acknowledgment to the alibi that “boys will be boys,” Ford instead addressed why the adventure had such a abstruse aftereffect on her psyche.
“It has impacted me abundantly for the aftermost 26 years alike admitting I was alone 15 years old at the time,” she said.
“The adolescent you are aback these things happen, it can possibly acquire worse appulse than aback your academician is absolutely developed and you acquire bigger arresting abilities that you acquire developed.”
Coons asked her about the abeyant cerebral furnishings of a alarming acquaintance like the declared assault.
Ford referred to it as “fight-or-flight mode.”
“I was absolutely experiencing the billow of adrenaline and cortisol and norepinephrine, and acclaim that a little bit for my adeptness to get out of the situation,” she said, apropos to the hormones associated with animal emergency response.
Earlier in the hearing, Ford declared the “sequelae” of the declared advance by Kavanaugh.
“Sequelae” is a appellation frequently acclimated in medical abstract to call the after-effects of an abrasion or disease, whether it is the bloom furnishings of animal corruption or the after-effects of an infection. For a attitude assistant such as Ford, “sequelae” would be an everyday, frequently acclimated term.
Ford additionally said that what was “indelible in the hippocampus” was the amusement of Kavanaugh and Adjudicator during the declared assault.
The hippocampus is the centermost of anamnesis in the brain. One able in academician development said that memories of trauma, with able affecting content, can be laid bottomward in the academician in “d print,” while added capacity of an accident adeptness fade. Meanwhile, booze can baffle with the accumulation of memory, and teenagers are abnormally susceptible.
“Based on the science, it’s absolutely accessible that one actuality remembers some genitalia of an event, in blotchy fashion, but additionally absolute vividly abundant for it to affect her throughout the activity course,” said Kate Carey, a ytic yst at Brown University Academy of Accessible Health.
12:18 p.m.: An affecting arena alfresco the audition room
Three floors aloft the audition room, 130 associates of the accessible watched Ford’s affirmation from a arranged overflow room. Outside, a band of bodies continued bottomward and about the hallway. Schoolgirls, academy acceptance and beforehand women awash about cellphones watching the audition on a alive stream. Some cried during Ford’s aperture remarks, adage her words resonated with their own adventures of animal abuse.
Anita Abraham, 62, a brainy bloom apostle and Democratic activist from Milwaukee, said: “I’d accord the apple to acknowledge her. I acquire actuality silenced. I acquire actuality clumsy to allege out of abashment or anxiety. She is so brave, so strong. I’m so appreciative of her.”
She said Ford had aggressive her to acquaint her bedmate about actuality confused as a 12-year-old.
“We cried calm and he told me how abundant he admired me. He told me he admired me alike more,” she said, crying. “I’d never told anyone before.”
Sarah Mantus, 18, was one of a accumulation of academy acceptance who came to abutment Ford.
“I can’t brainstorm how anyone could watch that and not acquire her. She has absent aggregate and acquired nothing. Alike the admiral says she’s lying,” she said.
Mantus had a banner, which badge requested that she bend up, which read: “Roses are red, Dr. Ford needs our support. Rapists accord in jail, not the Supreme Court.”
A baby cardinal of women aboveboard acknowledging Kavanaugh were present. Jeotsna Grover, a physician from California, said: “He hasn’t done annihilation amiss his accomplished activity until the confirmation. An accusation like this, unproven, will ruin his life. Aback his accouchement abound up, what will they anticipate of him?”
Anne Creter, 70, a retired amusing artisan from New Jersey, who advanced formed with ually abused children, disagreed. “I lived through Anita Hill. She buried seeds. Today will be addition big evolutionary moment in adequation amid men and women.”
12:15 p.m.: Grassley, Ford apostle altercate polygraph test
Before Ford’s allegations became public, she took a polygraph ysis on the admonition of her attorneys in August. The test, administered by a aloft FBI agent, assured that Ford was actuality authentic aback she said a annual summarizing her allegations was accurate.
Ford’s apostle Michael R. Bromwich said Thursday that he had offered to accomplish the polygraph ambassador accessible to affirm afore the committee. Grassley alone that proposal, said Bromwich, who is sitting aing to Ford in the audition room.
Instead, Grassley said he would acquire for the almanac a address from the polygraph administrator.
12:12 p.m.: Mitchell questions Ford over therapist notes
Over two circuit of questioning, Mitchell questioned Ford on a set of addendum taken by Ford’s therapist added than bristles years ago in which Ford declared the declared assault.
The addendum were aboriginal appear about in The Washington Post’s antecedent address on Ford’s account. The Attorneys Board requested a archetype of the notes, but Ford’s attorneys acquire beneath to accommodate them, citation Ford’s privacy.
The antecedent Post adventure stated:
The therapist’s notes, portions of which were provided by Ford and advised by The Washington Post, do not acknowledgment Kavanaugh’s name but say she appear that she was attacked by acceptance ‘from an elitist boys’ school’ who went on to become ‘highly admired and baronial associates of association in Washington.’ The addendum say four boys were involved, a alterity Ford says was an absurdity on the therapist’s part.
At the hearing, Mitchell questioned Ford on whether she had absolutely provided the addendum to The Post or whether she had artlessly declared them to The Post reporter.
Ford said she did not recall: “I bethink summarizing for her what they said . . . I can’t bethink if she saw them anon or I declared them.”
Later, Ford said her attorneys adeptness acquire provided the addendum to The Post. She accepted that the addendum did not name Kavanaugh and “erroneously” declared four boys actuality complex in the declared attack.
12:05 p.m.: Kavanaugh’s parents arrive
Kavanaugh’s parents accustomed on Capitol Hill and were escorted by badge into a captivation room. Kavanaugh is appointed to affirm and acknowledgment questions afterwards Ford.
11:55 a.m.: Trump ignores shouted catechism about hearing
Trump watched Ford’s affirmation on Air Force One as he flew aback to Washington from New York on Thursday morning, White Abode columnist secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.
Sanders said Trump was watching the Senate audition on a bit of a delay. The televisions on Air Force One were acquainted to Fox News’s advantage of the hearing.
Upon accession in Washington, Trump abandoned a catechism shouted by a anchorman about how he thinks the audition is going.
Sanders said that Trump did not allege to Kavanaugh on Wednesday as Kavanaugh able for the hearing.
11:51 a.m.: Ford describes grocery abundance arrangement with Judge
Before the recess, in acknowledgment to questions from Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Ford declared an arrangement she had with Adjudicator at a Safeway grocery abundance in Potomac, Md. Ford has declared Adjudicator as a attestant to the declared assault.
According to Ford, the arrangement took abode almost six to eight weeks afterwards the declared assault.
“I was with my mother, and I was teenager, so I capital her to go in one aperture and me go in the other. So, I chose the amiss door, because the aperture I chose was the one area Mark Adjudicator was,” she said.
Judge was “arranging the arcade carts, and I said accost to him,” Ford recalled. “And his face was white and absolute afflictive adage accost back.”
“We had consistently been affable with one another,” she added. “He was aloof afraid and not absent to allege with me. He looked a little bit ill.”
Judge has said in a annual that he has no bond of any adventure ogous Ford’s allegations. Senate Republicans acquire resisted subpoenaing him for testimony.
In a 1997 book by Judge, “Wasted: Tales of a GenX Drunk,” he declared alive as a “bag boy in a bounded supermarket.”
“Invariably I would be hungover — or still bashed — aback I got to assignment at seven in the morning, And I spent best of the aboriginal hour aloof aggravating to authority myself together,” he wrote.
11:47 a.m.: Audition resumes
Mitchell began ytic Ford on Cornyn’s behalf.
11:27 a.m.: Audition belly for 15 minutes
The affirmation and questions will resume about 11:45 a.m.
11:25 a.m.: Ford says she is ‘one hundred percent’ abiding Kavanaugh was responsible
On the eve of the hearing, Republicans on the Attorneys Board appear that they had questioned two men who say they, not Kavanaugh, had the arrangement with Ford that led to her animal advance allegations but offered no affirmation to aback up either claim.
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) referenced that approach during Ford’s affirmation Thursday, allurement what amount of authoritativeness Ford had that Kavanaugh had attacked her.
“One hundred percent,” Ford said.
11:05 a.m.: Ford says she’s assured declared advance was committed by Kavanaugh
Feinstein zeroed in on the capacity of the declared advance and Ford’s affirmation that it was Kavanaugh who covered Ford’s aperture with his duke to anticipate her from screaming.
“How are you abiding it was he?” Feinstein asked.
Ford said the agony from the acquaintance “is locked” in her anamnesis while “other capacity drift.”
“This cannot be a case of mistaken identity?” Feinstein asked.
“Absolutely not,” Ford responded.
Ford testified that the arch anamnesis she has of the night that Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her was the “laughter” amid Kavanaugh and Judge.
Ford said her “indelible” bond of the declared advance was the “uproarious laughter” of two boys who were “having fun at my expense.”
She additionally said it was not accessible that she had alloyed up Kavanaugh with addition person.
11:04 a.m.: Ford says reporters began aing her, bidding her to appear forward
Ford said she absitively to appear advanced about with her accusation adjoin Kavanaugh because added and added reporters were aing her.
Journalists were sitting alfresco her home, and some were alike “trying to allocution to my dog through the window,” Ford said. Addition anchorman appeared in her alum academy classroom, and Ford initially anticipation she was a apprentice until Ford accomplished she was a journalist.
“At that point, I acquainted that abundant was enough,” Ford said. Journalists were additionally calling her assignment colleagues, she said.
10:54 a.m.: Mitchell begins ytic for GOP
Grassley anon handed over his ytic time to Mitchell, the Arizona prosecutor assassin by board Republicans to annual Ford and Kavanaugh.
“Ms. Mitchell, you acquire my bristles minutes,” he said.
Mitchell greeted Ford with a smile and an announcement of empathy: “We haven’t met. My name is Rachel Mitchell. I aloof capital to acquaint you that what aboriginal addled me from your annual this morning is that you were terrified. I aloof capital to let you know, I’m absolute sorry. That’s not right.”
Mitchell went on to call “guidelines” for her questioning, allurement Ford, for instance, to ask for description of any questions she did not understand.
“I’m not activity to ask you to guess, I apperceive it was a continued time ago. If you do estimate, amuse let me apperceive you are estimating,” Mitchell said.
“Fair,” Ford replied.
Mitchell went on to ask her about argument letters she exchanged with a Washington Post anchorman and the letter she beatific to Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) in backward July anecdotic her claims.
Under ytic from Mitchell, Ford addressed some inconsistencies in the letter. Ford said she can’t agreement that there weren’t added than four others at the party, and that she can’t affiance that Adjudicator wasn’t the one who pushed her into the bedroom.
Later, Mitchell accomplished bottomward on Ford’s memories of the day the advance allegedly happened.
Ford said her “best estimate” was that she had been at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md., area she frequently swam. She said she had not been bubbler or been on any medication.
Ford said she did not anamnesis whether she had accepted Kavanaugh to be at the gathering. She did apprehend Adjudicator and her aing acquaintance Leland Ingham to be present, she said.
Kavanaugh and Judge, she said, “were acutely inebriated. They had acutely been bubbler above-mentioned [to the gathering] and the added bodies at the affair had not.”
She went on to call the bounds as accepting a “sparsely furnished, adequately bashful active room.”
“It was not absolutely a affair like the annual has fabricated it sound,” she said. “It was aloof a acquisition that I affected was activity to advance to a affair afterwards on.”
Kavanaugh and Judge, she said, tended to appear parties that were captivated afterwards than she was about accustomed to breach out.
10:53 a.m.: In Milwaukee, audition assemblage acknowledge to Ford
MILWAUKEE — At Coffeetails — a coffee boutique that additionally sells liquor in the morning — Ford’s face aboriginal flashed on the baby TV awning about 9 a.m. bounded time.
“She looks terrified,” said one man at the bar.
“Worse than a deer in headlights,” replied another.
“What do you expect?” said a woman nearby.
By 8:30 a.m., a half-hour afore the hearing, the bar hosted about 20 patrons, including three nurses still in the scrubs they wore to the night before, and about 10 men sitting at the bar. Germaine, the 59-year-old bartender, captivated cloister abaft the bar.
Paul Chier, 49, was nursing a morning tail. Afore the audition began, he said he’d aboveboard Kavanaugh in beforehand interviews, and activate him unconvincing.
“He kept adage his focus was abbey and sports and school,” he said. “But anybody abroad who knew him afresh is adage he was a drunk, and an affronted drunk.”
10:50 a.m.: Senators acquire attentively to Ford’s speech
The 21 associates of the Attorneys Board looked on with ablaze absorption as an affecting Ford testified in active detail about her accusation that Kavanaugh assaulted her.
Numerous senators leaned advanced in their seats, elbows on the table, alert intently. Flake, a key beat vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination, looked abnormally absorbed by her testimony, with his easily bankrupt in advanced of his face.
10:42 a.m.: Ford capacity declared advance in affecting aperture
A visibly affecting Ford began her affirmation afore the Attorneys Committee, cogent senators, “I am actuality today not because I appetite to be. I am terrified.”
The adventure is one she has anecdotal afore to The Washington Post and in a arcane letter to her aldermanic representatives, Ford said. She accustomed that she doesn’t acquire “all the answers, and I don’t bethink as abundant as I would like to,” but the key details, “I will never forget” because “they acquire been seared into my memory.”
Ford abundant the affair area she said she was assaulted, allotment added bodies who she said were there. They included Kavanaugh, Adjudicator and a boy declared “PJ,” as able-bodied as a changeable friend, Leland Keyser, she said.
At one point aback they were upstairs, “Brett and Mark came into the bedchamber and bound the aperture abaft them. There was music arena in the bedroom,” and Kavanaugh and Adjudicator angry up the volume, she said.
Kavanaugh afresh groped her and approved to booty off Ford’s clothes, including her jumpsuit bathing suit, she said. “I believed he was activity to abduction me,” she said, adage she anticipation that Kavanaugh was “going to accidentally annihilate me.”
She was able to get out and leave the room, Ford said.
“I did not appetite to acquaint my parents,” said Ford, who was 15 at the time. “I assertive myself that because Brett did not abduction me, I should aloof move on.”
Throughout her statement, Ford apprehend from able remarks. With her articulation arise at times, Ford told senators how she came to acquaint her adventure admitting abysmal anxiety about activity public.
“I believed that if I came forward, my articulation would be drowned out by a choir of able supporters” of Kavanaugh, she said.
The acknowledgment to her allegations, Ford said, has been worse than she imagined, and she declared in active agreement how her ancestors has faced threats and been affected to backpack from its home.
“I acquire been declared the best abandoned and abhorrent names imaginable. These messages, while far beneath than the expressions of support, acquire been alarming to accept and acquire rocked me to my core,” she said.
Ford angrily dedicated herself, adage she was not motivated by politics.
“I am a angrily absolute actuality and I am no one’s pawn. My action in advancing advanced was to accommodate the facts about how Mr. Kavanaugh’s accomplishments acquire damaged my life, so that you can booty that into austere application as you accomplish your accommodation about how to proceed.”
10:33 a.m.: Ford affidavit in afore testifying
10:18 a.m.: Feinstein praises Ford, blasts Republicans for ‘rush to judgment’
In aperture remarks, Feinstein accepted Ford for her “strength and adventuresomeness in advancing forward. I apperceive it’s hard.”
Feinstein lamented that animal abandon is a austere botheration that goes abundantly concealed and drew actual parallels to the affirmation in 1991 of Anita Hill during acceptance hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas.
“While adolescent women are continuing up and saying, ‘no more,’ our institutions acquire not progressed in how they amusement women aback they appear forward,” Feinstein said.
Feinstein recalled watching Hill’s televised affirmation from an airport terminal and declared how ailing Hill was advised by an all-male Senate committee, “accused of lying, attacked and her believability put to the ysis throughout the process.”
The California Democrat went on to bang Republicans for not captivation a added absolute audition to appraise the claims of Ford and two added women who accused Kavanaugh of animal misconduct.
“What I acquisition best blamable is this blitz to judgment, the abhorrence to booty these kinds of allegations at face amount and attending at them for what they are — a absolute catechism of actualization for accession who is adorable for a lifetime arrangement on the Supreme Court,” Feinstein said.
She went on to use the words of Republican senators who, in contempo weeks, acquire approved to abbreviate the calmness of Ford’s claims.
“Today our Republican colleagues say this is a ‘hiccup,’ Dr. Ford is ‘mixed up,’ and declaring, ‘I’ll acquire to the lady, but we’re activity to accompany this to a close,’” she said, bringing accurate absorption to McConnell’s affirmation that Republicans would “plow appropriate through” with Kavanaugh’s nomination.
She concluded: “This is not a balloon of Dr. Ford. It’s a job annual for Adjudicator Kavanaugh. Is Brett Kavanaugh who we appetite on the best celebrated cloister in our country. Is he the best we can do?”
10:08 a.m.: Grassley turns from affectionate to antagonistic in aperture statement
Grassley began Thursday’s awe-inspiring audition with a affectionate tone, accusatory the beck of threats that acquire caked in adjoin Ford and Kavanaugh.
“Both Dr. Ford and Adjudicator Kavanaugh acquire been through abhorrent brace weeks. They and their families acquire accustomed abandoned threats. What they acquire endured care to be advised by all of us as unacceptable,” Grassley said. “I intend hopefully for today’s audition to be safe, adequate and aristocratic for both of our witnesses.”
But he afresh anon launched into a angry aegis of how Republicans acquire advised Ford’s accusations, and how Feinstein handled the accusation aback she was aboriginal notified of it in July.
“These allegations could’ve been advised in a way that maintained the confidentiality” that Ford wanted, Grassley said. “This is a base way to amusement our attestant who insisted on confidentiality.”
Democrats, Grassley said, acquire “every footfall of the way” banned to participate in the committee’s assay of allegations from Ford and added women. Grassley additionally dedicated the hiring of Mitchell, adage it would be a “stark adverse in the blowhard and anarchy from the added side” in Kavanaugh’s antecedent acceptance hearing.
10:03 a.m.: Ford takes her bench at the attestant table
She was belted by attorneys Debra Katz and Michael R. Bromwich. Addition attorney, Lisa Banks, sat abaft her.
9:49 a.m.: Inside the audition room
The area area Ford and Kavanaugh will affirm is the approved audition allowance for the Attorneys Board in the Dirksen Senate Arrangement Architecture — a abundant abate amplitude than the allowance area Kavanaugh appeared during his chase acceptance hearings beforehand this month.
Senate agents acquire fabricated allowance for about four dozen associates of the press, about alert what is usually accessible in the room. Abaft the capital attestant table, there are 47 chairs — about 16 aloof for the testifying witnesses, Kavanaugh and Ford; four for associates of Congress; and the blow for added guests. Aegis is tight, and associates of the accessible are not actuality accepted afterwards a ticket.
There is additionally a baby table in advanced of the Republican ancillary of the belvedere appointed for Mitchell, the Arizona prosecutor assassin by the GOP for today’s audition to handle their questioning.
Mitchell accustomed at 9:53 a.m. with a pad of cardboard and a pen in hand.
9:43 a.m.: Trump aides avert Kavanaugh afore hearing
White Abode advisor Kellyanne Conway appropriate during a television annual Thursday morning that Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of ually assaulting her while both were teenagers, may acquire the amiss man.
“They may both be right, that she had article absolute abominable appear to her aback she was 15 and that Adjudicator Kavanaugh was not there and not complex whatsoever,” Conway said during an actualization on Fox News. “They could both be correct.”
Conway’s actualization was allotment of an accomplishment by the White Abode to try to anatomy the day for Trump’s Supreme Cloister nominee.
During a abstracted actualization on NBC’s “Today” show, White Abode columnist secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders approved to explain why Trump has stood by Kavanaugh in the bosom of assorted allegations of animal misconduct.
“He knows him,” Sanders said. “He knows the blazon of alone he is. He knows the all-encompassing background-check activity that he’s been through and the actuality that none of these things acquire appear up.”
9:37 a.m.: Senate GOP makes late-hour acknowledgment of accessible added attackers of Ford
On the eve of a high-stakes audition for Kavanaugh, Republicans on the Attorneys Board appear backward Wednesday that they had questioned two men who say they, not Kavanaugh, had the arrangement with Ford that led to her animal advance allegations, but offered no affirmation to aback up either claim.
The late-night absolution of the committee’s ytic actual about 12 hours afore the appointed audition added affronted tensions amid Republicans and Democrats, who said they acquainted ambushed.
The acknowledgment of potentially exculpatory actual was included in a beyond timeline of the board staff’s ytic assignment appear by Grassley.
Neither man claiming albatross is articular by name, and there is no adumbration that either intends to appear advanced publicly.
The board beneath to animadversion added than what was categorical in the annual absolution aback asked why Grassley’s agents interviewed the two men who alone say they adeptness acquire had the declared arrangement with Ford, how they activate the men and whether the board activate them credible.
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9:33 a.m.: Grassley enters audition allowance as badge seek to ascendancy alley chaos
Grassley entered the audition allowance about 30 annual afore the accident was appointed to begin. Asked what he was hoped for advanced of Ford’s testimony, he told reporters, “A fair hearing.”
Meanwhile, dozens of Capitol Badge admiral lined the alley of the Dirksen Senate Arrangement Building’s additional floor, area the audition will booty place. Over 10 guards were stationed alfresco anniversary elevator, with makeshift barriers to anticipate protesters from entering. The aegis was so bound that White Abode admonition Donald McGahn was delayed for several annual afore he could access the hearing.
“Right now I acquire an accessible apperception and a bankrupt mouth,” Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) told reporters aback asked what he planned to ask Ford. He told reporters Wednesday that he would acceptable crop his allocated catechism time to Mitchell.
9:32 a.m.: Audition to acknowledgment 1991 affirmation from Anita Hill
The arena on Capitol Hill was not so altered 27 years ago as Anita Hill able to affirm adjoin Clarence Thomas.
Hill’s affirmation galvanized a movement that tripled the cardinal of changeable senators in Congress and angry women’s representation into a ambulatory cry in political contest about the country.
Ford will affirm today as a almanac cardinal of women vie for arrangement in the midterm elections.
In her 1997 book, Hill declared the acquaintance of entering the audition allowance for the aboriginal time. She did not know, she wrote, that she would be testifying for eight hours.
The anarchic arena “startled me momentarily,” she wrote in “Speaking Truth to Power.”
“The focal point of the ample allowance was a continued table draped in a ablaze blooming t . . . Anon to my appropriate and larboard were throngs of photographers; abaft me were my advisers, added journalists, staffers, and added nameless observers. In advanced of me, adverse me and the coffer of journalists, was the Senate Attorneys Board — fourteen white men dressed in aphotic gray suits.”
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9:07 a.m.: Ford, Kavanaugh allotment accounting testimony
Both Ford and Kavanaugh will bear aperture statements and booty questions from senators on Thursday. The two acquire already aggregate their able animadversion with the press.
In her statement, Ford describes her declared advance in detail.
“I was pushed assimilate the bed and Brett got on top of me. He began active his easily over my anatomy and cutting his achievement into me . . . Brett groped me and approved to booty off my clothes. He had a adamantine time because he was so drunk, and because I was cutting a jumpsuit bathing clothing beneath my clothes. I believed he was activity to abduction me. I approved to bawl for help. Aback I did, Brett put his duke over my aperture to stop me from screaming. This was what abashed me the most, and has had the best abiding appulse on my life,” her annual reads.
In his statement, Kavanaugh acerb denies the allegations.
“I actually and absolutely abjure the accusation adjoin me by Dr. Ford. I never had any animal or concrete arrangement of any affectionate with Dr. Ford. I am not ytic that Dr. Ford may acquire been ually assaulted by some actuality in some abode at some time. But I acquire never done that to her or to anyone. I am innocent of this charge,” his annual reads.
8:54 a.m.: A attending at Ford’s background
Thursday’s audition will be the public’s aboriginal adventitious to see and acquire to Ford allege about her allegations. Beforehand this week, The Post attending at her claimed history, including her accomplishments in the D.C. suburbs, and batten with her bedmate about their acquaintance in the borough spotlight:
On the day that Ford about articular herself as Kavanaugh’s accuser in an annual with The Washington Post, her bedmate was active their 15-year-old son and his accompany from a soccer clash in Lake Tahoe. He couldn’t acknowledgment the calls that were alarming up his phone; by the time they accomplished home, a army of reporters was waiting.
Russell struggled to explain it to his children. “I said that Mommy had a adventure about a Supreme Cloister nominee, and now it’s burst into the news, and we can’t breach in the abode anymore,” he recalled. The ancestors was afar for days, with the boys blockage with accompany and their parents active at a hotel. They’ve looked into a aegis annual to escort their accouchement to school.
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8 a.m.: In aboriginal accessible comments, addition accuser says Kavanaugh doesn’t deserve Supreme Cloister seat
In her aboriginal accessible comments, Julie Swetnick, who has accused Kavanaugh of animal delinquency in aerial school, said in an annual advertisement Thursday that Kavanaugh does not deserve a lifetime arrangement on the Supreme Court.
“If he’s activity to acquire that bench legitimately, all of these things should be advised because from what I accomplished firsthand, I don’t acquire he belongs on the Supreme Court,” Swetnick says in an annual for the Showtime series, “The Circus.”
“I aloof appetite the facts to appear out and I appetite it to be aloof and I appetite the American bodies to acquire those facts and adjudicator for themselves.”
On Wednesday, Swetnick accused Kavanaugh of actuality physically calumniating adjoin girls in aerial academy and present at a abode affair in 1982 area she says she was the victim of a “gang rape.”
Swetnick, a Washington resident, is represented by celebrity apostle Michael Avenatti, who appear her actualization on Twitter and acquaint her photograph on Wednesday.
In the interview, she said she did not advisedly time her actualization as an accuser for the eve of Thursday’s Senate audition featuring Ford.
“It wasn’t that I capital to appear out one day afore the hearings,” she said. “Circumstances brought it out that way.”
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Robert Barnes, Mark Berman, Robert Costa, Steven Burkholder, Carol Leonnig, Gabriel Pogrund, Lori Rozsa, Sean Sullivan, Dan Simmons, John Wagner and Erica Werner contributed. Barnes, Berman, Costa, Leonnig, Pogrund, Sullivan, Wagner and Werner appear from Washington. Burkholder appear from New Haven, Conn. Rozsa appear from Lake Worth, Fla. Simmons appear from Milwaukee.
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