Christine Blasey Ford told congress on Thursday that she kept details of her alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh a closely-guarded secret for 36 years - and still has no idea who leaked her confidential letter about it to the media.
Julie Swetnick said in a statement released by her lawyer that the events took place at parties she attended while a high school student in suburban Maryland.
Trump's re-endorsement of Kavanaugh came seconds after the end of the day-long hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Trump said. "Because I've had a lot of false charges against me". Senators were set to hear from two witnesses: Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault during a high school gathering in the early 1980s.
After Thursday's debacle, it is hard to see how Brett Kavanaugh can ever serve as the somber, dignified ninth member of an institution that depends so heavily on earning and keeping the public's trust.
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"Indelible in the hippocampus (the part of the brain that is the center of emotion and memory) is the laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two, and they are having fun at my expense".
She wrote that she was incapacitated, perhaps drugged with Quaaludes, and was "unable to fight off the boys raping me". Kavanaugh denied the allegations.
'Once the press started reporting on the existence of the letter I had sent to Senator Feinstein, I faced mounting pressure, ' said Ford.
Trump's comments about his accusers drew swift reaction from an attorney for Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump's reality TV show "The Apprentice", who says Trump made unwanted advances toward her, then defamed her by saying she lied about it.
The "trauma-related experience" was seared into her brain, she said.
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Another woman came forward over the weekend, telling The New Yorker magazine that Kavanaugh exposed himself and caused her to touch his penis at a party when both were Yale freshmen.
Judge Kavanaugh has yet to respond formally to this specific allegation.
After seeing Ford's powerful testimony, White House aides and allies expressed concern that Kavanaugh, whose nomination already seemed to be teetering, would have an uphill climb to deliver a strong enough showing to match hers. As the Post points out, the hearing has especially resonated with victims of sexual assault - one of whom, a 76-year-old woman, was inspired to share her story with C-SPAN during one of the hearing's breaks.
As the hearing got underway, popular Republican Gov. Charlie Baker called on the Senate to postpone Kavanaugh's confirmation vote. "Without an investigation, and with so many serious issues involved, I can not support this nomination if they choose to move forward".
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