Kavanaugh angrily denies assault allegation after Ford testimony

Kavanaugh angrily denies assault allegation after Ford testimony

"I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation by Dr. Ford", said Kavanaugh, whose voice shook with anger during an opening statement that saw him repeatedly shed tears. Graham said. "And their goal, not Ms. Ford's goal, is to delay this past the midterms so they can win the Senate and never allow Trump to fill the seat".

Many lawmakers commented the session, which laid bare the deep division between the two political parties, as one of the ugliest nomination hearings in decades. Kavanaugh angrily said he was innocent and the victim of "grotesque and obvious character assassination".

Swetnick claims that both Kavanaugh and his close school friend Mark Judge engaged in "highly inappropriate" conduct which included being "overly aggressive with girls". Leahy asked as Ford took a sip of coffee.

Ms Ford finished her evidence about four hours after the hearing began. Trump recognized quickly that Christine Blasey Ford's account of being sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh would prove credible to most viewers.

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The Connecticut senator asked Kavanaugh about a reference in his high school yearbook to Renate Dolphin, a woman who it appears was the subject of sexual jokes among Kavanaugh and his peers.

But the laughter, and the identity of her attacker, Ford said, remained crystal clear. GOP senators opted to defer to Mitchell during questioning of Christine Blasey Ford, while Democrats asked their own questions.

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She was followed by Judge Kavanaugh, who fiercely denied the allegations and lashed out at Democrats on the panel.

"Judge Kavanaugh tearing up when mentioning his daughter conveyed a man who was feeling sorry for himself", Cunningham said.

On his message for young men, Mr Trump said: "It's a very unsafe period in our country, and it's being perpetrated by some very evil people".

The Washington Post described Ford's words as echoing across the country everywhere from a senior center in Florida to a coffee shop in Milwaukee. She said she was pushed into a bedroom and onto a bed and that Kavanaugh got on top of her. Judge was in the room and encouraged the attack, she said. "It's a job interview for Judge Kavanaugh".

Democrats and the American Bar Association have urged Republicans to wait for a completed FBI investigation into the multiple claims of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh before the vote takes place. All the others, naturally, were always going to support him, and Thursday's hearing at which they pretended to want to give Ford's charges a fair hearing was all just playacting.

Capitol police imposed strict security measures to keep protesters at bay after about 70 people were arrested each day during Kavanaugh's earlier hearing. 'The letter included my name, but requested that the letter be kept confidential'.