‘They were laughing’: Ford says her attacker was Kavanaugh

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Both told the committee they, not Kavanaugh, "had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of his complaint", the release states.

Chuck Grassley of Iowa, opened the hearing by pointing out that Kavanaugh had been through six Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks with no hint of sexual assault allegations emerging. Swetnick said in a sworn statement that she attended house parties in 1981-1983 with Kavanaugh and Judge, accusing them of spiking drinks with drugs at parties.

The exchange came after Ford detailed her experience being allegedly sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh when they were teenagers in the early 1980s and how the alleged attack has impacted her life in the decades since.

"I just wanted to let you know I'm very sorry", Mitchell said.

She said that she sent a letter detailing the allegations to Senator Dianne Feinstein but had planned not to come forward.

Kavanaugh used his opening statement to both attack Democrats who he says are targeting him and refute all of the particulars of the allegations lodged against him. I tried to yell for help.

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And in a September 17 interview with Judiciary Committee staffers, he said he didn't recall ever meeting her. "I understand and appreciate the importance of your hearing from me directly about what happened to me and the impact it has had on my life and on my family".

When Sen. Patrick Leahy asked for her strongest memory of the incident, Ford, 51, replied, "Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter".

Blasey Ford said she managed to escape when Judge jumped on the bed, sending them all toppling.

Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that she chose to go public with her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a reporter appeared in a classroom where she was teaching. Blasey Ford's hearing, or to schedule hearings for Justice Kavanaugh's other accusers. "These interviews happened this week, according to the committee". I did not want to tell my parents that I at age 15 was in a house without any parents present, drinking beer with boys.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both phoned Kavanaugh to voice their support for him ahead of Thursday's hearing.

The outcome of this hearing is likely to determine whether Kavanaugh's promotion to the highest court in America is successful.

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The Republican president has fiercely defended his pick - but said Wednesday he would watch the highly charged hearing and was open to changing his mind.

Meanwhile, Republicans have a greater number of senators and time on their side. I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes. "I've had many false charges".

Avenatti also represents Stormy Daniels, who alleges she was paid to keep a sexual relationship with Trump quiet.

"I have been accused of acting out of partisan political motives", she added. But so far she has sounded like an interrogator tinkering around the edges of an unfamiliar witness's story (which she is) at the beginning of a ten-day trial, not someone frittering away very limited time with pointless questions leading to multiple dead ends.

In addition to the new claims, Kavanaugh has publicly been accused of sexual misconduct by Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick.

During the free-wheeling news conference, Mr Trump continued to lash out at Democrats and label the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh politically motivated.

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"The entire country is watching how we handle these allegations", Feinstein said.

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