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The most memorable moments from Christine Blasey Ford's testimony

28 September 2018

John Clune, attorney for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, said Wednesday that his client would be willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, possibly even without a prior FBI investigation of her claims.

"You have replaced advise and consent with search and destroy", Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee, his voice raised. "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace". "Will you engage politically?" she said.

"This has destroyed my family and my good name", he said, describing a conspiracy on the left that he said included anger toward President Donald Trump and "revenge on behalf of the Clintons".

"We look for simple solutions because we don't want to deal with the hard questions", she said.

Not only should his nomination to the Supreme Court be withdrawn, the leader of NARAL Pro-Choice said in statement - Kavanaugh should be kicked off the federal bench altogether.

Swetnick did not identify Kavanaugh or Judge as her attacker in that incident.

In her written testimony submitted Wednesday, Ford pushed back against Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans who have cast her as part of a smear campaign meant to thwart Kavanaugh's confirmation.

At least three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in recent weeks, including Ford.

Ford said her motivation to come forward with her story was entirely unrelated to politics.

The tactic appeared to backfire as Mitchell, who had to break up her questioning into five-minute increments, did not trip up Ford over any significant details and got bogged down in peripheral issues.

The Supreme Court nominee is facing allegations claiming that he sexually assaulted Ford during a party while the two were in high school.

Kavanaugh refused to answer a question from Democratic Senator Richard Durbin about whether he would welcome an FBI investigation into the allegations, and when asked the same question again later, declined to answer.

Ford at one point explained how one of the most impressing memories from the night of her alleged assault was the laughter shared between Judge and Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh has steadfastly denied all the allegations.

Thursday, Kavanaugh is set to testify in a hearing that will also feature Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who has said he sexually assaulted her while he was drunk at a party in their high school years.

The hearing will play a major role in senators' decision to approve Kavanaugh's lifetime appointment to the US Supreme Court.

"God helps us all as Republicans", he told reporters. In her opening statement on Thursday, Ford said, "Both Brett and Mark were drunkenly laughing during the attack". Feinstein's office, Ford said.

Ms Ford finished her evidence about four hours after the hearing began.

According to his prepared testimony, Kavanaugh plans to tell senators that he "said and did things in high school that make me cringe now" - but that he "never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes".

The most memorable moments from Christine Blasey Ford's testimony