Supreme Court's Ginsburg voices support for #MeToo on eve of Kavanaugh hearing

Supreme Court's Ginsburg voices support for #MeToo on eve of Kavanaugh hearing

11 Republicans, all men, and 10 Democrats - was to hear from just two witnesses on Thursday: Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge who has always been eyed for the Supreme Court, and Christine Blasey Ford, a California psychology professor who accuses him of attempting to rape her when they were teens.

Swetnick, in a sworn statement released by Avenatti, said she attended more than 10 parties also attended by Kavanaugh while they were high school students in the early 1980s in suburban Maryland.

Those who watched Christine Blasey Ford testify about her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on TV saw either a single shot of Ford, or a split screen of her and a senator.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation and was scheduled to testify later Thursday. "And you have to address that one issue only asking two questions", he said.

Two other women have come forward with allegations.

"A confirmation hearing about the character and fitness of an individual who's is going to sit on the country's highest court, presumably for the rest of his life, the confirmation process involves going back and looking at the entirety of the nominee's life", Hill said. Thanks in large part to a disjointed format that featured five-minute segments alternating between veteran sex-crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, a surrogate questioner for the Republicans, and Democratic senators, there was little flow to proceedings.

Wading into the #MeToo moment, Mr Trump said he views such accusations "differently" because he has "had a lot of false charges made against me".

Asked to clarify what he meant by attractive, Hatch said "in other words, she is pleasing".

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But the 23-time Grand Slam champion insists if it was a male player in her position, it would never have escalated as it did. What was most problematic for Williams on the scoreboard was that she was unable to keep up with a version of herself .

Another woman came forward over the weekend, telling The New Yorker magazine that Kavanaugh exposed himself and caused her to touch his penis at a party when both were Yale freshmen.

"What they have endured ought to be considered by all of us as unacceptable and a poor reflection on the state of civility in our democracy", Grassley said.

When asked if, during the Starr investigation, he dated a woman who "would fairly fit the description in the letter", Kavanaugh asked, "What's the description?"

Kavanaugh denied the incident occurred, that he had sexually assaulted any woman in Rhode Island or that two men injured him and someone named Mark. He strongly denied the alleged assault on Ford, and accusations by others, characterizing them as last-minute smears.

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"I tried to yell for help", Ford said, adding that Kavanaugh and a friend of his were "drunkenly laughing during the attack". Swetnick also says she herself was a victim of one of the gang rapes and was "incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me". Kavanaugh's confirmation would cement conservative control of the high court as Trump moves to shift it and the broader federal judiciary to the right. "The first thing that struck me from your statement this morning was that you are terrified, and I just wanted to let you know I'm very sorry".

And in the background of this hearing, you have the top Senate Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., saying basically everything he can to derail committee Republicans' efforts to appear nonpartisan.

The psychology professor sometimes explained clinically how what happened to her more than three decades ago was "seared" in her memory - especially the laughter as Kavanaugh and Judge held her onto the bed, trapped.