Ford, who appeared anxious and nervous throughout, gave an account of her memories from the night of the alleged attack, with her voice frequently breaking as she spoke. Hirono's office said the email had been sent in "error". "I don't think we can disregard Christine Blasey Ford and the seriousness of this". The hearing was a rollercoaster of emotion, with Democrats taking every opportunity to praise Ford's courage in coming forward, while Mitchell delivered the tougher questioning, challenging her on a number of issues, including the circumstances surrounding her polygraph test and her fear of flying. The three named witnesses who Ford said attended the party have said they don't remember the gathering or anything similar taking place. He then went on to complain about how Christine Ford wouldn't testify in private, and laid blame at her feet for the farce of a hearing that he was conducting. Ford explained how she was weighing whether to come forward about the incident.
Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations and says he never sexually assaulted anyone.
Republicans have accused Ford and the other women of making unproven allegations and have questioned why they'd not publicly revealed them for decades.
Hogue said Ford's appearance at the hearing was her speaking "the truth to the most powerful men in the country about the violent sexual assault she suffered at the hands of Brett Kavanaugh". "I don't know who this is and this never happened", he said in a statement.
She alleged that Kavanaugh and others while in high school spiked the drinks of girls at parties with intoxicants to make it easier for them to be gang raped.
"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter, the uproarious laughter, between the two, and their having fun at my expense", Ford, a research psychologist, replied. As the Post points out, the hearing has especially resonated with victims of sexual assault - one of whom, a 76-year-old woman, was inspired to share her story with C-SPAN during one of the hearing's breaks.
Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired. Trump said. "Because I've had a lot of false charges against me".
Trump said that if lawmakers had moved faster, "you wouldn't be talking about it right now, which is frankly what I would have preferred". She began by expressing sympathy for Ford, who'd said she was "terrified" to testify. He went further, alleging a coordinated effort by the left to slime his reputation - to win at any cost, up to and including that of a reputation he said would be permanently tarnished.
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