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Christine Blasey Ford says she remembers "uproarious laughter" of alleged attackers

27 September 2018

Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked Ford for her strongest memory.

The hearing kicks off at 10 AM ET and Ford is first up.

With a seat on the Supreme Court hanging in the balance, Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh are appearing in front of senators to state their case and share their stories. We will update these regularly.

Republican Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the committee, said at the opening of the hearing that he wanted it to be "safe comfortable and dignified for both of our witnesses".

"I can always be convinced", Trump said on the eve of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring one of Kavanaugh's accusers.

According to a document Avenatti posted on Twitter, the woman alleges she witnessed Kavanaugh "consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s". Then he ticked off his committee's failed attempts to corroborate Ford's allegation.

Grassley also pointed out that numerous witnesses Ford has identified deny that the party in question took place.

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He decried the "media circus" around the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh and said the nominee and Dr Ford had been through a awful couple of weeks since she leveled her accusation. And he referred to the sex crimes prosecutor doing Republicans' questioning as a "female assistant".

If Republicans saw this through a partisan lens, Democrats did their best to frame it that way. They will not even be able to decide on the preponderance of evidence, which is the standard in a civil as opposed to criminal trial, because no substantive evidence of any kind has been presented amid all the accusations swirling around Kavanaugh in recent days. Hearing her describe it, her voice cracking, is downright gripping. He was having a hard time because he was inebriated...

"I really think that it's bad what's going on nowadays and how women are mistreated", Trickovic said. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from yelling.

"I believe there should be an independent investigation", Baker told The Boston Globe. I think it's important for people to know that she's not here for political reasons. She said the laughter has haunted her ever since.

Lawyers for Kavanaugh sent five pages from his decades-old calendar to the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, notifying them they meant to use the pages to prove Kavanaugh wasn't at a 1982 house party where Ford alleges Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her, tried to remove her clothes and put his hand over her mouth.

The hearing got off to a tense start, exposing the deep partisan divides that have colored the accusations from Ford and other women.

"I look forward to what she has to say", Trump said. He stayed behind with their children, as the family has faced multiple death threats since she came forward with her allegations. Later, she told Sen.

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During the brief exchange, Grassley and Feinstein talked over one another.

"I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford", he said. Ben Sasse, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee listen. Sometimes I had too many.

Ford says she doesn't have the answers to all the questions she knows will be asked about that night and says she doesn't remember everything. "But I have never done that to her or to anyone", his written testimony said. "That's not right", Ms Mitchell said.

But as Mitchell was trying to do her job, Republicans' reluctance to question Ford themselves only grew more conspicuous. Democrats have demanded the nomination process be suspended until a full investigation into the women's claims has been carried out.

"You don't normally give polygraph tests to victims".

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Christine Blasey Ford says she remembers