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Kavanaugh-Ford hearing: A dramatic lesson on gender roles

28 September 2018

But then Ford was followed by Kavanaugh, who was just as adamant in denying the allegations against him.

Judge wrote that while he and Kavanaugh were friends in high school, they have not "spoken directly in several years".

The White House is pushing back against a call from the American Bar Association to slow the vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until the Federal Bureau of Investigation can do a full background check.

The editors of America Magazine, a leading Catholic publication, said if lawmakers move forward with voting on Kavanaugh's confirmation, it would show that they prioritize policy goals over a woman's claims of sexual assault. "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace", he shouted into the microphone, as you can see in the above PBS NewsHour clip. "And I believe many Americans across the country believe you", Democratic Sen. "She will testify that Kavanaugh physically and sexually assaulted her when they both attended private schools in a tony suburb outside Washington".

"I don't want to be in a position where people say, "No, thanks".

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His spokesperson Taylor Foy did not immediately return a request for comment Monday on whether Thursday's vote will take place. The panel would also likely seek testimony from Judge , Kavanaugh's friend and classmate who Ford says jumped on top of her.

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". In a video posted by Cheddar's Brad Smith, Ford's testimony could be heard across an unusually quiet NYSE floor as traders watched intently.

Ms Ford finished her evidence about four hours after the hearing began.

During testimony that one senator described as "riveting", Ford said she was "100 per cent certain" that Kavanaugh assaulted her in 1982.

She said the attack occurred after she went upstairs to use the bathroom. She took turns with the Democratic senators to ask questions in five-minute segments, disrupting her flow.

"I am terrified", she said, her voice often quavering.

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They have accused Ms Ford and the other women of making unproven allegations and have questioned why they had not publicly revealed them for decades. An official involved in the process said the White House offered their own suggestions for female lawyers to conduct questioning, all of whom were rejected.

"Brett and Mark came into the bedroom and locked the door behind them", she said.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, communications professor and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, said some of Kavanaugh's statements "were more consistent with one's expectations of a partisan than a judge or prospective associate justice of the Supreme Court".

The interview Kavanaugh and his wife gave to Fox News on Monday was intended largely to cast Kavanaugh in a "sympathetic" light and to humanize the man behind the allegations.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC also mentioned the ABA's assessment during an impassioned defence of Judge Kavanaugh on Thursday.

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If Judge worked at the store for the weeks leading up to football camp, the gathering where Ford says the assault took place would have likely happened sometime in late June or early July. 'The letter included my name, but requested that the letter be kept confidential'.

Kavanaugh-Ford hearing: A dramatic lesson on gender roles