What did we learn from the Kavanaugh and Ford Supreme Court hearings?

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But after Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, testified Thursday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation of sexual abuse, America Magazine revoked its endorsement.

"If you lived a good life, people will recognise it like the American Bar Association has - the gold standard", he said. She told the committee that she wished she could provide more detailed answers to questions, but said said she does not remember as much as she would "like to".

The mood was intense as Kavanaugh's voice filled the room for the extraordinary session, unlike Ford's quiet testimony. She said Trump thought Kavanaugh's testimony was "powerful, it was riveting and it was honest".

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, reacted to a report late Wednesday that GOP committee members had spoken to a pair of men who each, separately, came forward to claim that they - not Kavanaugh - had assaulted Ford.

US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) talks with US Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and John Cornyn (R-TX) during a break in a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing with US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 27, 2018.

Kavanaugh did not agree to request an FBI investigation despite repeated calls for one from Democratic senators during the hearing.

Mitchell's approach was gentle but direct - yet inside the room, her methodical questions couldn't help but have the feeling of a cross-examination, exactly the atmosphere that Ford's attorneys wanted to avoid.

Ford gave a straightforward response when Sen.

"It is unusual to see a middle aged professional -male or female_experience the range of emotions in public in a formal setting expressed by Judge Kavanaugh", Jamieson said in an email.

The committee could vote in several ways, recommending that the full Senate approve the nomination or that the Senate reject it, or making no recommendation at all. The consequences will extend long past my nomination.

A person close to Kavanaugh confirmed he had complete control over his remarks: "It was not pre-cleared with the White House".

In his opening statement Thursday, Kavanaugh twice referenced his years as a student at the Jesuit-run Georgeown Prep school in Maryland.

Judge Kavanaugh has yet to respond formally to this specific allegation.

As he referenced Booker's remarks earlier this summer that supporting Kavanaugh would be complicit in "evil", the New Jersey Democrat sat in his seat, expressionless. "I don't know. Have you?" He said the first and most persistent memories of a traumatic event often come up as these types of feelings, tastes, and sounds. With a narrow 51-49 majority, Republicans could afford to lose only one of their own if they could not pick up any Democrats. "Your words have meaning", Kavanaugh reminded them.

And the openly undecided one - Flake - indicated that he may never be fully comfortable with what he ultimately decides. At this time, we have not had cooperation from attorneys representing other clients, and they have made no attempt to substantiate their claims'.



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