Kavanaugh and Ford Have Testified. Here's What Happens Next

Kavanaugh and Ford Have Testified. Here's What Happens Next

Emotionally battling to rescue his Supreme Court nomination, Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday denied allegations that he'd sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when both were high school students and told Congress the accusations and biting criticism by Democrats had "totally and permanently destroyed" his family and reputation.

"If you lived a good life, people will recognise it like the American Bar Association has - the gold standard", he said.

With millions of Americans alternately riveted and horrified by the televised drama, Blasey and Kavanaugh left no room for compromise, no possibility of confusion, no chance that they remembered something differently.

'Today's hearing was scheduled in close consultation with Dr. Ford's attorneys, and her testimony will be the subject of this hearing, ' Grassley said.

Now the editors are denouncing Republicans for not investigating the research psychologist's claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers and are calling for his nomination to be withdrawn.

Mitchell's approach was gentle but direct - yet inside the room, her methodical questions couldn't help but have the feeling of a cross-examination, exactly the atmosphere that Ford's attorneys wanted to avoid.

Kavanaugh did not agree to request an FBI investigation despite repeated calls for one from Democratic senators during the hearing.

Ford gave a straightforward response when Sen.

In an election-season battle being waged along a polarized nation's political and cultural fault lines, Trump and most Republicans have rallied behind Kavanaugh, whose confirmation would provide a chance to cement the conservative majority of the court for a generation.

In the hours after the hearing Thursday, one previously undecided Republican came out in support of Kavanaugh.

According to NBC News on Tuesday Judge Kavanaugh was questioned about the anonymous complaint during a phone conversation with Senate Judiciary Committee Staff.

As he referenced Booker's remarks earlier this summer that supporting Kavanaugh would be complicit in "evil", the New Jersey Democrat sat in his seat, expressionless.

"But even if the credibility of the allegation has not been established beyond a reasonable doubt and even if further investigation is warranted to determine its validity or clear Judge Kavanaugh's name, we recognize that this nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country", they added.

Paterson said she knows the importance of not being alone and being believed.

But the most salient piece of evidence came not from what Kavanaugh said, but what he didn't say. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who was looking down with his arm folded across his chest - Graham continued, "To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you're legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics". "I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me".

The statement did not indicate which way Flake was leaning.

"I was underneath one of them while the two laughed", she said.

Mitchell continued: "Dr. Ford, do you expect the price of that polygraph to be passed on to you?"

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