Ford testifies in Kavanaugh Hearing

Christine Blasey Ford

The dramatic hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is underway as Kavanaugh confronts allegations of sexual assault and serious misconduct.  Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley noted that Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford have been subjected to vile threats over the past couple of weeks.    Grassley also expressed regrets about the "media circus" that has surrounded the Kavanaugh nomination. Kavanaugh has strongly denied the allegations against him.  

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is praising the "strength and bravery" of Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.  California's Dianne Feinstein said sexual violence is a serious and growing crisis in the U.S.  She also criticized Republicans for not demanding a full FBI investigation.  Feinstein said Republicans are rushing to judgment on Kavanaugh.  

Christine Blasey Ford is describing her serious allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  In a Senate hearing today, she said Kavanaugh was drunk and forced himself on her at a party more than 30-years ago.  Ford said she thought she was going to be raped or possibly killed before she managed to escape and lock herself in a bathroom.  She told senators that she is terrified about testifying but felt a responsibility to talk about what happened to her.  Kavanaugh has strongly denied the allegation.  Ford is a college professor in California.  She and Kavanaugh went to high school together in Maryland. 

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