Links to today’s show transcripts:
Despite Gut-Wrenching Testimony from Dr. Blasey Ford, GOP Moves Forward with Vote on Kavanaugh
The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee is preparing to vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh after an extraordinary day of testimony from Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified she is “100 percent positive” that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a high school party in 1982. During the hearing, Kavanaugh said he was innocent and claimed he was the victim of a left-wing plot of “revenge on behalf of the Clintons.” Dr. Blasey Ford’s full opening statement is played.
Brett Kavanaugh Barely Controls His Rage in Combative Testimony Denying Sexual Assault Allegations
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Thursday morning, saying with certainty that it was Kavanaugh who attempted to rape her when they were in high school in 1982. Judge Kavanaugh repeatedly denied Blasey Ford’s allegations, denouncing her testimony with barely-controlled rage and repeatedly choking up with in tears in his eyes. He singled out Democrats on the committee and accused them of staging a “circus” aimed at derailing his confirmation. An excerpt is featured from Kavanaugh’s opening statement.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford: I Am 100% Certain Brett Kavanaugh Attempted to Rape Me in 1982
Excerpts are featured from the questioning at Thursday’s historic hearing, when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified she was “100 percent positive” that Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in the summer of 1982 during Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, as both Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh faced hours of questioning. Not one of the eleven Republican senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who are all white men, questioned Dr. Blasey Ford directly. Instead, they ceded their time to Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called a “female assistant.” Mitchell was also scheduled to question Kavanaugh on behalf of Republican senators, but they quickly stopped her line of questioning after she asked Kavanaugh about details of the parties he attended in the summer of 1982. Kavanaugh repeatedly refused to call for an FBI investigation into Dr. Blasey Ford’s claims during the hearing. Senator Richard Blumenthal said that President Trump’s failure to call for an FBI investigation is “tantamount to a cover-up.”