Protesters Arrested At U.S. Capitol As Kavanaugh-Ford Hearing Draws Hundreds

Protesters Arrested At U.S. Capitol As Kavanaugh-Ford Hearing Draws Hundreds

Protesters Arrested At U.S. Capitol As Kavanaugh-Ford Hearing Draws Hundreds

Trump plans to return to Washington later Thursday morning. After seeing Ford's testimony, White House aides and allies expressed concern that Kavanaugh would have an uphill climb to deliver a strong enough showing.

President Donald Trump has attacked the accusers and said he stands behind Justice Kavanaugh.

Outside the US Capitol, pro- and anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators gathered as senators pondered the fate of a nominee who could impact the balance of the top US court for decades. After Ford finishes, Kavanaugh will be given a chance to testify.

"It's happened to me many times", he said, claiming he had been accused - falsely - by "four or five women".

Avenatti responded to Politico's questions about the restraining order by accusing the outlet of "attacking" a sexual assault victim.

Asked about Kavanaugh's nomination, Trump repeated his characterization of Democrats' efforts to delay the proceedings as a "big fat con job".

Earlier he told the panel that his family and his name "have been totally and permanently destroyed". Blasey Ford's request for an FBI investigation into the allegations.

Ford, a California psychology professor, plans to testify Thursday that a sexual assault by Kavanaugh in 1982 "drastically altered my life" and that she was too afraid and ashamed to tell anyone about it at the time, according to a prepared statement. He says his confirmation process has become "a national disgrace" and a "character assassination".

Regardless, the Senate still plans to vote on confirming Kavanaugh just one day after the hearing. He says, "This is a circus". "I know it's hard", she said. "I've had many false charges".

"Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes", she said.

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Since Ford first went public with sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, two other women have come forward with allegations against the Supreme Court nominee.

And as for political considerations, Ford said it was not her place to determine if Kavanaugh would ultimately head to the Supreme Court and that although the all-male GOP side of the committee hired a female attorney to ask questions on its behalf, she hoped to engage with the senators themselves.

She did not specifically claim Kavanaugh took part or that he was aware of her rape, but said that he and other boys in his circle engaged in similar behavior.

"With what degree of certainty do you believe Brett Kavanaugh assaulted you?" Sen.

She said that over the years, she convinced herself that because she was not raped, she should just pretend that it did not happen.

"He began running his hands over my body and grinding into me", she said. "Nor did we ever observe Brett engaging in any conduct resembling that described in Ms. Swetnick's declaration", the letter says, calling her accusations "nonsense". Kavanaugh also denied new accusations released in Senate Judiciary Committee transcripts Wednesday night.

The high ground Grassley has given Democrats by his behavior at the hearing has been lifted even more by his disastrous decision to delegate Republican questioning to professional prosecutor Rachel Mitchell.

The room was quiet during her testimony, besides the occasional click of a camera, and the steady tapping of reporters' on their keyboards. Kavanaugh denies assaulting her when they were teens.

The hearing opened with partisan barbs before either Ford or Kavanaugh testified.

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