Christine Blasey Ford was sworn in before testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee as she testified against Brett Kavanaugh.Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images
The testimonies of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee were marked by sadness, anger, and contention.
Ford’s voice cracked as asserted that she was “100%” sure that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, while Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations with palpable anger. His nomination now hangs in the balance.
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This is the panel Ford faced while recounting her story under threat of perjury.
Ford delivered an emotional testimony as she alleged that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while she was in high school.Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images
Ford said she is “100%” certain that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her and that it could not be a case of mistaken identity.
Republicans brought in sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to question Blasey Ford to avoid the optics of having a male senator conduct the questioning.
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But the optics of having a woman employed by them sitting below them also draw criticism and comments about the senate’s gender politics.
Trump allies appeared displeased at Mitchell’s questioning.
But there were many emotional moments for Ford during the hearing.
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Mitchell apologized for Ford’s fear.
“The first thing that struck me from your statement this morning was that you’re terrified. I just wanted to let you know I am very sorry. That’s not right,” Mitchell said.