Kavanaugh: This is Revenge on behalf of the Clintons
<p>Kavanaugh suggested that the efforts by Democrats to ruin his reputation and block his nomination were part of a cynical political plot–one he suggested is being executed on behalf of the Clintons.</p><p>”This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about <a href=”https://thehill.com/people/donald-trump” target=”_blank”>President Trump</a> and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups,” Kavanaugh said. “This is a circus. The consequences will extend long past my nomination; the consequences will be with us for decades.”</p>
Kavanaugh: The Swetnick allegation is a farce
<p>After Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) mentioned allegations against him by three women–Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick–Kavanaugh became visibly angry, dismissing the Swetnick allegations as a farce.</p><p>”The Swetnick thing is a joke, it’s a farce.”</p><p>”Would you like to say more about it?” Feinstein asked.</p><p>”No,” Kavanaugh said, eliciting a laugh from the audience.</p>
Why not conduct an FBI investigation?
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In his five minutes of questioning, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) referenced a quote from Kavanaugh’s opening statement in which he said he’d “welcome any kind of investigation. Durbin, after noting that Kavanaugh himself had relied on FBI work during his work on the Starr report in the Clinton era, repeatedly pressed Kavanaugh to request an FBI investigation, and asked him whether he thought an FBI investigation would be the best way to proceed.”What do you think is best, personally?” Durbin asked.Kavanaugh was silent, seeming to stumble for the first time of the afternoon, finally suggesting after a few beats that these allegations were sprung on him and are harmful to his family.
“This is hell”
<p>Following Durbin’s questioning, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) roughly criticized the tact taken by his Democratic colleagues, saying it was the most “unethical sham” he’s seen in his political career.</p><p>”You’re looking for a fair process, you came to the wrong town at the wrong time, my friend,” Graham said.</p><p>Graham asked Kavanaugh if he’s been through hell in the wake of the allegations.</p><p>”I’ve been through hell and then some.”</p><p>”This is not a job interview, this is hell.”</p>
Ford: 100% sure
<p>”With what degree of certainty do you believe Brett Kavanaugh assaulted you?” Durbin asked Ford.</p><p>”One hundred percent,” she responded.</p>
A fear of flying
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Ford said that she has claustrophobia and a fear of flying. She said that, because of these conditions, she had hoped the committee would come to her in California so she could avoid flying, but during her testimony said she later realized that would have been an “unrealistic” request.
In an apparent attempt to discredit Ford, or to suggest that Democrats had wanted to necessitate a public spectacle in Washington, D.C., Mitchell kept pressing Ford on her phobia of flying. Mitchell asked Ford, who lists “surf travel” as an interest on her C.V., whether she’d ever flown to the French Polynesian islands for leisure. “I also saw on your CV that you list the following interests of travel, and you, in parentheses put ‘Hawaii, Costa Rica, South Pacific islands, and French Polynesia,'” Mitchell said. “Have you been to all this places?””Yes,” Ford said.
<p>Ford said that the most unforgettable part of her experience was the laughter.</p>
<p>”Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter. The uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense,” Ford said, referring to Brett Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, who she says was in the room.</p><p>She added: “I was underneath one of them while the two laughed…Two friends having a really good time with one another.”</p>
Two front doors
<p>Ford said that she’s developed several neuroses as a result of her sexual assault experience. One of those conditions is claustrophobia, which Ford said led her to install a second front door during a remodeling of her home.</p>”I had completed an extensive remodel of our home, and I insisted on a second front door, an idea that he and others disagreed with and could not understand,” she said. “In explaining why I wanted to have a second front door, I described the assault in detail. I recall saying that the boy who assaulted me could someday be on the U.S. Supreme Court and spoke a bit about his background. My husband recalls that I named my attacker as Brett Kavanaugh.”
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