Kavanaugh-Ford hearing: A dramatic lesson on gender roles

Ben Davidson
September 28, 2018

"He wasn't there. I have said from the beginning, it may turn out that they're both right, that she was sexually assaulted but that he had nothing to do with it".

The White House is pushing back against a call from the American Bar Association to slow the vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until the Federal Bureau of Investigation can do a full background check.

The Democratic senators will have free reign to ask questions.

Judge Kavanaugh is thought to have denied the allegations contained in the letter.

Earlier, during four hours of emotionally-charged testimony, Blasey Ford, 51, said she was "100 percent" certain Kavanaugh was her assailant and it was "absolutely not" a case of mistaken identify.

In an election-season battle being waged along a polarized nation's political and cultural fault lines, Trump and most Republicans have rallied behind Kavanaugh, whose confirmation would provide a chance to cement the conservative majority of the court for a generation.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC also mentioned the ABA's assessment during an impassioned defence of Judge Kavanaugh on Thursday.

"Imagine a woman openly weeping like this on a national stage and still getting elected to the Supreme Court".

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A lawyer for Kavanaugh says they were friends who once attended an event together and "shared a brief kiss good night". He said the yearbook reference "was clumsily meant to show affection and that she was one of us".

There were two distinct juries whose opinions of Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who testified that he sexually assaulted her, matter: the millions of Americans who followed the proceedings and will vote in a bit more than a month, and more immediately the small handful of senators who remain undecided about whether or not they'll vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

Jeff Flake. A frequent Trump critic who will retire from the Senate in January, Flake was complimentary toward Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing earlier this month.

In his opening remarks, Kavanaugh shouted at the Senate Judiciary Committee-particularly at Democrats, who he implied stoked negative reactions after his nomination hearings several weeks ago.

"The FBI has conducted...six successful vettings of Brett Kavanaugh throughout his career".

What did Donald Trump think? "They ought to open up and look at it because they're not going to find anything there that would cast doubt except for the most hardened partisan against Judge Kavanaugh's nomination".

Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, Ilya Shapiro, says it is unclear if anyone came out ahead after Thursday's testimony.

Collins walked into that meeting carrying a copy of Julie Swetnick's signed declaration, which included fresh accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh and his high school friend Judge.

In another development Thursday, America Magazine, an influential Jesuit publication, withdrew its support for Kavanaugh's nomination. But it said that the nomination was no longer in the interests of the country and "should be withdrawn". It added that, "Somewhere in the distant past, ". In a state of heightened emotion, such as an attack or an assault, the stress hormones we release can strengthen connections in that area of the brain, making memories of upsetting events more clear, as researchers wrote in a 2018 paper in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

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