Ford recalls 'laughter' during alleged 1980s Kavanaugh sex assault

Ford recalls 'laughter' during alleged 1980s Kavanaugh sex assault

The 51-year-old recounted her allegations to the Senate Judiciary Committee and a riveted nation in a drama that threatens to derail Mr Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. On the Senate Judiciary Committee he praised the judge and seemed to indicate he would vote for him. Democratic senators questioned her directly, but the 11 Republican members on the committee instead chose to have a female sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona question Ford. But in a statement emailed to the Senate Judiciary Committee and later shared with Politico, Keyser's lawyer said she "has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering" where Kavanaugh was present.

"It's happened to me many times", Trump said, claiming he'd been accused - falsely - by "four or five women". He has repeatedly called for Ford to testify to the Senate and indicated that he would wait to hear her speak to make up his mind on the confirmation. With a narrow 51-49 majority, Republicans could afford to lose only one of their own if they could not pick up any Democrats.

The Times found that a total of 13 boys in Kavanaugh's class wrote notes about being "Renate Alumni".

Among the television viewers on Thursday was Trump, who has mocked the credibility of Kavanaugh's accusers.

"The women who have come forward should have the freedom to pursue legal remedy, and our leaders have the obligation to do everything they can to end this epidemic of sexual violence", he said in a statement.

During the hearing, Donald Trump Jr. in a tweet made the argument more bluntly. "How are you so sure?" I pray their daughters are never treated this way. Ford has claimed that Kavanaugh tried to remove her clothes and clamped a hand over her mouth at a party when both were in high school.

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When asked by the media if the nomination come to the full Senate floor for a vote, Grassley responded "Depends on what happens tomorrow".

In the law school lounge on Thursday, most of the students were rooting against Kavanaugh. She has also said she's in support of delaying a vote for an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.

The room erupted in applause when Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, made a reference to the almost 50 Yale Law professors who have called for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into Ford's allegation.

"This was extremely emotional, extremely raw, and extremely credible", Wallace said, adding, "This is a disaster for the Republicans". I am not questioning that Dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time.

Swirling's comments about remembering the exact timing of her rape are relevant as Ford was being questioned by the Republican-appointed outside counsel of Rachel Mitchell about specific details in her description of her account of being allegedly sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh in the 1980s when they were both teenagers.

Angrily denying the accusations against him, he ended his testimony by swearing to God that he had never attacked women, as alleged, during his school and university days.