Transcript for Christine Blasey Ford testifies before committee, Kavanaugh defends himself
I was voice from behind into the bedroom across from the bathroom I couldn't see who puts me. Brett in America came into the bedroom and locked the door behind them. Doctor Christine blahs eastbourne speaking in front of a packed hearing room and a riveted nation about the incident she says has haunted her for decades. I was pushed onto the bed and Brett got on top of me. He began running his hands over my body and grinding into me. I've never sexually assaulted anyone gotten high school. College not ever she was followed by the man she has accused of sexual assault. Of visibly furious judge Greg Kavanagh whose nomination to the Supreme Court denied hangs in the balance will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process the nine hour hearing leaving us with two utterly irreconcilable. Versions of the truth and distillation of America's angry and ugly politics. You've got nothing till apologize for this is the moat unethical. Sham. Since happen and politics. Whatever side you're wrong but this is American politics. And. Source everybody has laws particularly. The institutions. Of the United States senate. And maybe the Supreme Court. After weeks of anticipation and negotiations. Doctor Ford walked into the senate judiciary hearing room at 10 o'clock this morning. And here today not because I wouldn't be. And terrified. And here because they believe is thanks civic duty to tell you what happened to me while wreck happen and I were in high school. It was the first time America has heard Ford's voice as she described in graphic detail which she calls an attempted rape. And a small house party back in the summer of 1982. Brett groped me and tried to take off my closed. He had a hard time because Hugh is very inebriated. And because I was wearing a one piece bathing suit underneath my clothing. I believed he was going to rape me I tried to yell for help. When I did think Brett and his hand over my mouth to stop me from yelling. This is what terrified me the most and if had the most lasting impact on my life. It was hard for me to freeze. And I thought that wreck was accidentally. Going to kill me. I don't have all the answers and I don't remember it's Texas I would like to. While it is the strongest memory you have the laughter. Well lap that up for its laughter between the two U. And there are having fun and at my expense. I found at the fort extremely credible. Not only because of her demeanor but because of the. Fact pattern that she put out and asking you to address this new defense of mistaken identity directly doctor Ford. With what degree of certainty do you believe Brett Cavanaugh assault. 100%. How are you so sure that it was he. And the same way that and Sheridan and talking to you rate now nine just basic memory functions. And also just the level. Nor Akron Akron app and a friend in the brain it. Sort of as you know in clothes. That Americans that are in coats memories into the that the campus and so the trauma related experience and it's kind of locked there whereas others he tells kind of drift. Democrats also calling for Kavanagh as alleged accomplice his high school friend mark judge to be subpoenaed. Not one of the eleven male Republican senators on the committee asked a direct question of doctor forward instead. They set behind Rachel Mitchell a prosecutor from Arizona specializing. In sex crimes. Morning doctor forward. She immediately struck a gentle tone with Ford. The first thing that struck me from your statement this morning was that your terrified and I just wanted to let you know I'm very sorry. That's not right. While the Republicans sat in silence Democrats heaped praise on for you or. Opening up to open air hurt and pain because won't across this country. And for that the word I would use it's nothing short of heroic. Bravery is contagious. Indeed that's a driving force behind the me too movement. She came in there looking like the girl next door. Sad that you know we're here take this and then Sheen found her voice and she just told her story. By the time Brett Cavanaugh walked down the hall to testify holding his wife's hand. Many were predicting his nomination to the High Court was all but dead but he. And of her testimony it seemed like Kevin I was in really serious trouble totally the message is we were getting from the Helen compete for the White House was that. The Republicans leaving their questioning to this prosecutor. Had made a mistake. That she had done a great job and that Kavanagh could be and really deep drop. This confirmation process has become a national disgrace you know for placed advice and consent with search and destroy. Kavanagh that came out swinging he defended himself displaying not only seething anger but also anguished emotion. I've never sexually assault the doctor fort. Or anyone again. I am not questioning. That doctor Ford may have been sexually assaulted. By some person. In some place. At some time. The judge did what few if any Supreme Court nominees have ever done. Engaging in bare knuckled partisan politics. This quote tasks and coordinated character assassination. Will dissuade competent. And good people. Of all political persuasions from serving our country. Just this week to more win endeavor Ramirez and Julie sweat nick had accused Kavanagh of sexual misconduct. During high school and college and given sworn statements. Kavanagh has also denied their allegations. All three of these woman have asked the FBI to investigate their claims. Why aren't you also asking the FBI do investigate these crimes. So are all do whatever the committee wants what you're saying if I if I understand it. Is that the allegations by doctor Ford mr. Maris and missed that Dick swett ethnic. Are are wrong. You that it that is emphatically when I'm saying. Emphatically. The sweat nick Perry is a joke. That is a farce. Is really striking to me that he wasn't only angry and an aggressive but belligerent and disrespectful. Especially in in his exchanges. With some of the female. Senators. The temperament that I saw would disqualifying him from sitting on that court. Kevin I got especially prickly under questioning from Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar one of only four women on the committee you're saying there's never been a case where you drink some parts that he didn't remember what happened in ninety for a part of what happened that's your asking about. Yet black out I don't know have you. It could you answer the questions tenant and does so. You have that's not happen is that your answer yeah I'm curious if you have. I have no drinking a couple of tips in order why. Thank you were taken a break now after quick recess cannot returned in immediately apologized. It's could say in. Started my last hope we buy certain desert homeward trauma try to respect our. And perspective which he did the last hearing she has been a question at the end that I responded by asking her question and I'm sorry did that this is tough process and start of that. I appreciate that Republicans had opted to let prosecutor Rachel Mitchell do the question. Have you ever engaged in sexual behavior with doctor Ford even if it was consensual. Now. But that all changed after this back and forth between haven't losses and Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin. Why would you recess that kind of investigation. Rot I welcome. I wanted the hearing last week I'm asking about the FBI interest there the committee figures out Haq asked the questions all do whatever output on the phone multiple times a committee counsel all talked to attach Kevin how would you support an FBI investigation right now. I I will do whatever. The committee once Ted personally do you think that's the best thing for us to do. One answer. You'll look senator. That exchange sparked an explosion of emotion from Republican. Lindsey Graham if you wanted to FBI investigation you cutter Condo us. Puts you want to do is to destroy this guy's life hold this seat open and hope you win at 22 warning this is the moat unethical. Sham. Since I've been in politics. You have interacted with professional limit all your life outline accusation. You're supposed to beat Bill Cosby what you're junior and senior and highs go. And all of a sudden you got over judge I can't think of a more. Embarrassing. Scandal for the United States senate sensible Corky here it's. Judge Kevin on thank you very much bearing Edgar. As the hearing drew to a close it became very clear that the White House. Was pleased president trump tweeting judge Kavanagh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful honest and riveting. Democrats search and destroy strategy is disgraceful. And this process has been a total sham an effort to delay obstruct and resist the senate must vote. Not only is this White House going to press for for this confirmation to move forward they're going to press for this vote to happen almost immediately. A committee vote is scheduled for tomorrow morning and a vote from the full senate may happen as soon as next week. It will recognize that that there is doubt we'll never moved beyond that. And and just have blooms humility on that front so thank you. Republican senator Jeff flake is one of the key undecideds. A group that also includes fellow Republicans Susan Collins. And Lisa Murkowski along wit Democrat Jill mention. The real bottom line is who do you believe here. Do you believe judge Kavanagh would you believe Christine forward and that's. The decision the senate passed to make and only a few people are even open to making that decision. All the rest of them are sent its.
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