Dr. Chris­tine Blasey Ford Tes­ti­fies at Ka­vanaugh Hear­ings

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Con­tent warn­ing: sex­ual as­sault

Supreme Court nom­i­nee Jus­tice Brett Ka­vanaugh and Dr. Chris­tine Blasey Ford tes­ti­fied to the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee on Sep­tem­ber 27, fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault. Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, Jus­tice Ka­vanaugh pre­vi­ously worked as a top aide to Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, and in the US Court of Ap­peals. He is con­sid­ered to be a likely op­po­nent of Roe v. Wade.

The al­le­ga­tions against Ka­vanaugh by a then-anony­mous woman first arose in July, Sen­a­tor Dianne Fe­in­stein, rank­ing mem­ber of the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, had re­quested to de­lay Ka­vanaugh’s con­fir­ma­tion vote to the Supreme Court. Ford came pub­lic with her al­le­ga­tions against Ka­vanaugh on Sept. 16. In the past week, three other women, Deb­o­rah Ramirez, Julie Swet­nick, and one other anony­mous woman have come for­ward with al­le­ga­tions against Ka­vanaugh.

In Ford’s tes­ti­mony, she de­scribed her ex­pe­ri­ences with Ka­vanaugh in de­tail, stat­ing that her “mo­ti­va­tion in com­ing for­ward was to pro­vide the facts about how Mr Ka­vanaugh’s ac­tions have dam­aged [her] life, so that [the com­mit­tee] can take that into se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion as [they] make [their] de­ci­sion about how to pro­ceed.” Re­main­ing com­posed dur­ing her tes­ti­mony, she re­called the al­leged sex­ual as­sault by Ka­vanaugh and his friend Mark Judge. When asked her most vivid mem­ory of the night, she re­sponded with “all of them hav­ing fun at my ex­pense.” Ka­vanaugh adressed the al­le­ga­tions in a heated tes­ti­mony, de­scrib­ing the cur­rent al­le­ga­tions as a po­lit­i­cal smear cam­paign by the left. He spoke of his good char­ac­ter as at­tested to by the women in his life, his re­la­tion­ship to al­co­hol, and his high school ex­pe­ri­ence as he re­mem­bers it.

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