Earlier than a Senate Judiciary Committee listening to Thursday morning, Christine Blasey Ford was interrogated about her reminiscence of the night time she alleges Supreme Court docket nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.
Throughout her opening assertion, Ford detailed a gathering the place she was compelled right into a bed room.
“I used to be pushed onto the mattress and Brett bought on prime of me,” she stated. “He started operating his arms over my physique and grinding his hips into me.”
Kavanaugh has denied the accusations and is scheduled to testify on the problem later Thursday.
Through the query interval, members of the committee pressed Ford, who’s a professor of psychology, on whether or not she remembered accurately.
When requested how she was “so positive that it was he” who had assaulted her, Ford replied, “The identical approach that I’m positive I’m speaking to you proper now. Simply fundamental reminiscence capabilities.
“Additionally, simply the extent of norepinephrine and epinephrine within the mind that type of encodes …. recollections into the hippocampus so the trauma-related expertise is locked there, whereas different particulars type of drift.”
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She additionally reiterated that it was “completely not” a case of mistaken id.
“With what diploma of certainty, do you consider Brett Kavanaugh assaulted you?” Democratic Senator Richard Durbin requested Ford.
“A hundred percent,” she replied, remaining agency and unruffled by way of hours of testimony, even beneath questioning by a intercourse crimes prosecutor employed by the committee’s Republicans.
There was hypothesis surrounding the id of Ford’s attacker. Republicans have questioned the credibility of Ford based mostly partly on what they are saying is a scarcity of corroboration of the occasions — there aren’t any witnesses which have positioned Kavanaugh on the gathering
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Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy additionally requested about her strongest reminiscence of the occasion.
The “uproarious laughter between the 2 (Kavanaugh and his pal Mark Choose) and their having enjoyable at my expense,” Ford stated.
She stated the laughter has haunted her ever since.
Republican members of the committee deferred inquiries to lawyer Rachel Mitchell, a sexual assault prosecutor.
Mitchell pressed Ford on particulars of the assault, together with the timeline of the day of the assault.
She additionally pressed Ford on the occasions main as much as the listening to, together with who knew in regards to the allegations and after they knew.
Whereas some Republicans and Trump have known as the allegations by Ford and the 2 different girls a part of a smear marketing campaign, Ford instructed the committee she had no political motivation, including, “I’m an impartial particular person and I’m no pawn.”
Kavanaugh was scheduled to reply questions on the committee Thursday afternoon, following Ford’s testimony. His affirmation vote is because of happen Friday.
*with information from Reuters
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