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Kavanaugh cries in hearing, says daughter prayed for Christine Blasey Ford

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Supreme
court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate
Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday,
Sept. 27, 2018.

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Loeb


  • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh held back tears during
    emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on
    Thursday as he described how allegations of sexual assault had
    affected his family.
  • He described how his 10-year-old daughter, Liza, had
    suggested praying for his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.
  • “That’s a lot of wisdom from a 10-year-old,” he said.
  • Kavanaugh delivered a blistering condemnation of how his
    confirmation was handled, and how his family and name may have
    been “permanently destroyed by vicious and false accusations.”
  • Follow along with our live coverage of the
    hearing.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh choked up during his
testimony before the Senate
Judiciary Committee on Thursday as he delivered a fiery defense
against allegations of sexual assault.

His voice broke as he described how his 10-year-old daughter had
suggested praying for Christine Blasey Ford, who has
alleged that Kavanaugh once groped her and attempted to rape her
while the two were teenagers in the 1980s.

“I intend no ill will toward Dr. Ford and her family,” Kavanaugh
said, describing how his two daughters had coped with the news of
the allegations.

“Liza, all of 10 years old, said to Ashley, ‘We should pray for
the woman.’ That’s a lot of wisdom from a 10-year-old,” he said.

Kavanaugh repeated several times that he doesn’t doubt that Ford
was, indeed, sexually assaulted “by some person, in some place.”
But he said he has never sexually assaulted anyone.

He added that he didn’t travel in the same social circles as
Ford, that he didn’t recall ever meeting her, and that the
friends Ford has cited as potential witnesses didn’t recall the
event.

Kavanaugh grew enraged when describing the impact the allegations
and his nomination overall have had on him and his family,
calling the confirmation process “a national disgrace.”

“My family and my name have been totally and permanently
destroyed by vicious and false accusations,” he said. “You may
defeat me in the final vote, but you’ll never get me to quit.
Never.”

Watch a clip of Kavanaugh’s testimony below:

 

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