Blasey Ford: Polygraph Test Was 'Extremely Stressful,' I Was 'Crying A Lot'

Blasey Ford: Polygraph Test Was 'Extremely Stressful,' I Was 'Crying A Lot'

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Chuck Grassley opened the hearing with an apology to both Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, told the Post that assuming Kavanaugh passed through the committee, there would be procedural votes on Saturday and Monday and a confirmation vote on Tuesday.

"The entire country is watching how we handle these allegations", Feinstein said.

Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. "My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed", he said.

"I am here today not because I want to", she will tell U.S. lawmakers, according to prepared testimony that she will deliver at the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ford told the committee that, one night in the summer of 1982, a drunken Kavanaugh forced her down on a bed, "groped me and tried to take off my clothes", then clamped his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream before she was able to escape.

Christine Blasey Ford, who will appear Thursday at a high-stakes hearing to accuse US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, is a clinical psychology professor suddenly caught up in political tumult.

Now there are last-minute accusations being made that include "crazy stuff" such as gangs, illegitimate children, fights and other "nonsense", reportedly "breathlessly and often uncritically by the media", he said.

All listed Kavanaugh as an underdog to be confirmed. The Senate's constitutional role of advice and consent has fallen by the wayside, he said, having been replaced with "search and destroy". "You may defeat me in the final vote, but you'll never to get me to quit, never".

Kavanaugh said he doesn't dispute that Ford may have been assaulted by some person at some time and at some place, but he had no involvement and he wasn't at the party she described.

"It was an extremely hard thing to do, but I felt that I couldn't not do it", she said.

She was 15 at the time of the alleged incident, while Kavanaugh was 17.

With the hearing well under way, Sen. "It's a job interview for Judge Kavanaugh".

In a sworn statement, Swetnick said she witnessed Kavanaugh "consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s". "It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me".

"They were laughing with each other", Ford replied.

"Brett and Mark came into the bedroom and locked the door behind them", she said. "This would clearly be the best way to ensure a fair process to both Judge Kavanaugh and to Dr. Ford".

Blasey Ford in July sent a confidential letter detailing the alleged assault to her congresswoman, as well as veteran Senator Dianne Feinstein.

"I have been accused of acting out of partisan political motives", she said.

Under questioning by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) asked her Thursday.

The Judiciary panel's 11 Republicans - all men - let Rachel Mitchell, a veteran sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona, asked their questions.

In his prepared testimony, he acknowledged drinking in high school with his friends, but said he'd never done anything "remotely resembling" what Ford describes.

Republicans also risk rejection by female voters in November if they are seen as not fully respecting women and their allegations.

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