WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Fireworks today as Senators examine sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court pick, federal judge Brett Kavanaugh. He and an accuser were in the hot seat today for a hearing in Washington. Our DC Reporter Alana Austin has reaction from Illinois lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Two witnesses with very different emotional accounts: Christine Blasey Ford says she’s traumatized by what happened to her at a high school party decades ago. But Kavanaugh says he’s an innocent man.
Ford sharing her side of the story in public for the first time - that Kavanaugh and another boy were drunk and assaulted her in the 1980s. The California-based professor flew into DC and told Senators how the alleged attack negatively impacted her for years.
Kavanaugh says he was not involved in any of this.
Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos say Congress should pause the confirmation process.
“Where I am now is I think that the nomination should stop at this point and that we should have a full FBI investigation on what’s happening here," said Duckworth.
“She’s a credible woman who has gone through something traumatic, and it took a lot of guts to step forward," said Bustos.
During the hearing, Kavanaugh denied any such allegations: "I have never done this to her or to anyone, that's not who I am, it is not who I was. I am innocent of this charge."
Kavanaugh and many other Republicans have argued this is a political smear campaign and that Democrats sat on these damaging claims until the last minute.
Kavanaugh and some others within the GOP say they don’t dismiss that something terrible happened to Ford but raised the possibility that it was someone else who attacked her. It remains unclear whether this or other recent allegations will tank Kavanaugh’s confirmation.