WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Several Republicans remained unconvinced by the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school.
- Some Republicans were suspicious of Ford and predicted that the vote will still proceed as planned.
- While a few Republicans and several Democrats acknowledged that Ford sounded credible, most of them wanted to hear from Kavanaugh first before making a final decision.
Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school, has provided her testimony in Thursday’s hearing.
Republicans declared during the hearing break, however, that they haven’t heard anything that has made them rethink their support for President Donald Trump’s court pick.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the Republicans in the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he found it suspicious that Ford hired a lawyer and took a lie detector test before going public with her story two weeks ago.
He added that Ford couldn’t remember how she got to the party that night in 1982, where she alleges a teenage Kavanaugh pinned her down and covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming.
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the claims, as well as subsequent allegations from two other women.
Committee member Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) stated that Ford’s testimony hasn’t shaken his support for Kavanaugh at all, and predicted that the vote will proceed on Friday as planned.
He added that it’s still “too early,” however, to consider Ford’s testimony as credible.
The Utah Republican’s initial response to Ford’s testimony was to tell reporters that Ford was an “attractive witness” and that “she’s pleasing.” When asked why he said that, the senator kept walking onto the Senate floor.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the committee, was stunned when she learned what Hatch said, and responded, “That’s … interesting” moments later.
Several Republicans, including chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ignored reporters’ questions or declined to comment until they heard from Kavanaugh.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) pointed out, “This ought to come down to evidence … facts. And I don’t know if there’s anything in terms of facts or evidence that have changed.”
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) observed that Ford looked “credible” and “calm,” but said he would hear from Kavanaugh before making a final decision, explaining that he wanted to “hear the whole story.”
Only a handful of Democrats haven’t announced a position on Kavanaugh.
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) stated that while Ford did sound credible, he still needed to hear from the nominee.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) stated that he remained undecided “because the bits and pieces I’m seeing, I’m not seeing in full.”
On the other hand, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), a Democrat who is up for re-election this year, said he found Ford “very credible, very compelling, and very courageous.”
Source: Huff Post