Trump Reaffirms Support For Top Court Pick, Says Testimony Was "Honest"

Trump Reaffirms Support For Top Court Pick, Says Testimony Was

"I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not ever". On Monday, Julie Swetnick filed an affidavit with Congress claiming that, at several parties in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh plied women with drug and/or alcohol-laced punch and forced them into sex.

The outburst was an instant viral moment for conservatives - with two of Donald Trump's most senior aides tweeting their approval.

Democrats' tactics were "the most unethical sham", he said in a fiery speech.

Kavanaugh proceeded to refute Ford's allegations while admitting he did "stupid things" in high school and "sometimes had too many beers". The focus remains on at least five Republicans who said they would withhold judgment until after the hearing.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which has 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats, is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday.

Republicans are pushing to seat Mr Kavanaugh before the November midterms, when Senate control could fall to the Democrats and a replacement Trump nominee could have even greater difficulty.

Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations and says he never sexually assaulted anyone.

"I am innocent of this charge".

Although Ford appeared before senators who seemed already decided whether they would vote for or against Kavanaugh, her recounting of the attack she said happened in the summer of 1982 was challenging to hear.

"Contrary to what the public has been led to believe" Grassley said, "the FBI doesn't perform any credibility assessments or verify the truth of any events in these background investigations". "You need corroboration. That's what's missing here", said No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn of Texas.

But the most salient piece of evidence came not from what Kavanaugh said, but what he didn't say.

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"Brett and Mark came into the bedroom and locked the door behind them", she said. "Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes". "There are some concerns that people have and we're going to try to close the loop". She said he put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams.

On Wednesday President Trump said he could withdraw Judge Kavanaugh's nomination if he "thought he was guilty of something like this". At one point she asked Ford how she got from California to Capitol Hill.

When asked whether there was any chance she was mistaken about the identity of her attacker, Blasey Ford said, "Absolutely not".

He accused liberals of using the accusations lodged against him as a "political hit", explaining the opposition to his was tied to the opposition to President Donald Trump. "This is a circus".

"This has destroyed my family and my good name", a visibly agitated Kavanaugh said, reading from a statement he said he wrote the night before.

Kavanaugh ditched his prepared remarks and instead issued a blistering statement declaring the confirmation process "a national disgrace". A nominee for the Supreme Court was asked if he was "a gang rapist" and a blackout drunk, while defending himself by describing how long he preserved his virginity.

"I believe you", Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT, told Blasey Ford.

But with an eager-to-please demeanour and zero show of anger during the questioning, Ford stuck by her account.

USA president Donald Trump has acknowledged that past accusations of sexual misconduct against him have influenced the way he views similar allegations against other men, including his Supreme Court nominee.

Blasey Ford said she had no political motivations.