• Frances Hui

Tearful testimonies of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh


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Two distinct versions of a story that occurred 36 years ago were relayed by Brett M. Kavanaugh and his accuser on Thursday at the confirmation hearing.


Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, speaking publicly about the incident in explicit detail for the first time, delivered her testimony recalling that she was sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh at a house party, where she was pushed on a bed, undressed and covered up from yelling.


Ford recounted how her friends intersected with Kavanaugh’s classmates from another all-boy school.


“This is how I met Brett Kavanaugh,” she said. “The boy who sexually assaulted me.”


According to Ford, Mark Judge was one of their mutual friends and was present in the room where the assault took place. However, Judge sent a letter to the committee after both testimonies which said he does not recall such incident described by Ford.


Ford said she couldn’t recall all of the details, such as the location or the date which the incident happened but “Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter — the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense,” Blasey Ford said.


Her voice cracked several times when describing the detail of the assault that “drastically altered my life.”


“I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified,” she said. “I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school.”


She said she decided to share her experience out of an intention to “tell the truth” and let the people take that into account when deciding whether he deserves to be a Supreme Court judge. She said, “I am a fiercely independent person and I am no one’s pawn.”


When asked whether she had mistakenly recognized the assaulter as Kavanaugh, she responded that she undoubtedly did.


“I am asking you to address this new defense of mistaken identity directly,” Democrats Senator Richard J. Durbin of Illinois said. “Dr. Ford, with what degree of certainty do you believe Judge Kavanaugh assaulted you?”


“One hundred percent,” Ford responded.


Meanwhile, Kavanaugh said he has “zero” doubt that none of those allegations from the three different accusers are true when asked by Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana.


Kavanaugh, outraged at the beginning of his opening statement, said that the allegation was painted with partisan political motives.


“This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups,” he said.


He once paused and whimpered when he mentioned his 10-year-old daughter’s bedtime prayer last night, that she said they should pray for Ford.


“My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional allegations,” he said.


“You may defeat me in the final vote, but you will never get me to quit,” he said. “Never.”


Facing the negative comments from his former roommates and classmates at Yale towards his personality, he admitted that he loves beer but had never drank to the extent of blacking out.


“So you’re saying there’s never been a case where you drank so much that you didn’t remember what happened the night before or part of what happened.” Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota asked Kavanaugh.


“You’re asking about blackout… I don’t know,” Kavanaugh said. “Have you?”


He then apologised to Klobuchar about his statement on the next day.


Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa said the judiciary committee will vote on his nomination to Supreme Court in Friday morning. But it was soon postponed for a one-week long FBI investigation on Kavanaugh background and the allegation against him, in response to Jeff Flake’s request.


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