Brett Michael Kavanaugh, who is an American attorney and a U.S circuit judge of U.S court of appeal for the District of Columbia Circuit, was nominated earlier this month to be an associate justice of Supreme court of United States by Donald Trump. Christine Blasey Ford who is a Psychology professor at Palo Alto University sent an anonymous letter in July to California representative Anna Eshoo accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in high school. After facing numerous death threats, harassment she was present at the Senate hearing judiciary committee on Thursday to testify her sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh.
For her testimony, Ford stated that when she and Kavanaugh were high school students in Maryland, she went to a small gathering where 4 boys were present including Brett Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, P.J. Smyth and one more boy whose name she fails to recall. Brett and Mark who were visibly drunk, pushed her from behind into a bedroom while she was on her way to the washroom. she mentions that the memory of that night has haunted her all adult life as she recalls that Brett got on top of her and groped her trying to take off her clothes while Mark was watching and laughing. She was scared that they will rape her or accidentally kill her since they were both very drunk. She somehow managed to escape and leave the house but the assault of that night drastically altered her life and had to go through many therapy sessions for a long time. she went on saying that she is terrified of being here but is here today because it’s her civic duty to tell what happened.
After that, it was Kavanaugh’s turn to testify where he strongly denied all the allegations of sexual assault saying that the Democrats were trying to ruin his life. the panel was then set to move to Friday to vote for Brett’s nomination. Posing the last question of the day, Sen. John Kennedy asked Kavanaugh- “I am going to give you last opportunity, right here, right in front of God and Country, I want you to look me in the eye. Are Dr. Ford’s allegations true?” To which Kavanaugh said, “They are not as accurate as to me. I have not questioned that she might have been sexually assaulted at some point in her life by someone, someplace. But as to me, I have never done this. Never.” As of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, while the Republicans are voting for him to get picked, the Democrats are demanding an FBI investigation.
Sen. Jeff Flake whose swing vote was closely watched, released a statement on Friday morning stating that he will vote yes for Brett Kavanaugh. According to him, Dr. Ford’s testimony was moving but he did not believe it and that he would vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh. shortly after his statement, he was confronted by 2 women in an elevator who were sexual assault survivors questioning him about allowing a man who violated a woman, to sit on the supreme court.
a few hours after the encounter said that he would only vote to approve the nominee to move out of the committee if the Senate would agree to a one week FBI investigation about the allegations.