WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- It’s a he said, she said with supreme implications. Congress explores the sexual assault allegations against the man poised to take a seat on the country’s highest court and his defense.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford concedes she can’t remember every detail from the night 36 years ago that she said forever changed her life. But, she said the key moments are seared into her memory. Judge Brett Kavanaugh said he never did anything like what his accuser describes.
“I am here today not because I want to be, I am terrified,” said Blasey Ford, “but I felt it to be my civic duty.”
Ford shared her personal nightmare with the U.S. Senate, and the country Thursday. With a tremble in her voice, she describes a 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh -- stumbling drunk – attempting to rape her. She said he covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming and drawing the attention of others at the party.
“It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me,” Blasey Ford said, “it’s what terrified me the most and has had the most lasting impact on my life.”
Democrats focused their questions on what Blasey Ford said she remembers clearly, how she felt, and the lasting impact on her life. She said she’s haunted by Kavanaugh’s laugh and that of the other teen she said watched on – Mark Judge.
The eleven Republican members on the committee – all male -- hired a sexual assault prosecutor to question witnesses. Rachel Mitchell spent their time seeking clarification on missing details, and understanding how and why Blasey-Ford decided to tell her story.
“I just wanted to tell you the first thing that struck me from your statement this morning was that you were terrified,” said Mitchell to Blasey Ford as questioning began, “ and I just wanted to let you know, I’m very sorry, that’s not right,”
“This is not a trial of Dr. Ford, it’s a job interview for Brett Kavanaugh,” said Sen. Diane Feinstein. Many on the left echoed that point.
Given the chance to defend himself – Kavanaugh proved passionate in his defense. “My family and my name have been permanently destroyed,” he said in his opening statement.
Kavanaugh pointed out no one else allegedly at the party backed up Blasey Ford’s account. He categorically denied ever assaulting her or anyone else. “There’s been a frenzy on the left to come up with something, anything to block my confirmation,” he said, “a calculated and orchestrated political hit.”
Kavanaugh described this hearing, his prior one, and the media coverage as a circus. He said democrats are using him as a political piñata, retribution for their frustration with President Donald Trump and payback for the Bill and Hillary Clintons.
Two other accusers who came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct are not currently scheduled to testify. The committee is scheduled to hold a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation Friday.