A reminder. This is not a criminal trial no matter what the right says.
Says he wants the proceedings to be safe and comfortable for both witnesses
Says Ford raised these allegations in a "secret letter"
Grassley again talks about the "11th hour" allegations
Reminder Ford asked for confidentiality, has said it was her hope that the credible allegation would be enough to spark the Senators into action
Grassley says his staff interviewed witnesses like Judge under oath and they all clear Kavanaugh
This man can never pronounce a name that isn't white as mayo
Feinstein then wishes Ford good morning. She introduces Ford since Grassley didn't
Any prosecutor would agree with this statement. I can't believe Mitchell, as a prosecutor, is okay without his testimony
That will never not make me rage
This is about the integrity of the institution of the Supreme Court
Is he the best we can do, she closes
She situates herself and begins reading her statement.
Women. Still accommodating even when laying their trauma bear for all to see.
So am I.
Now the 5 min round of questioning begins and Grassley says he'll give folks time so yeah it's going to be a long day
Mitchell introduces herself and sets out some guidelines for the interview
These are basically questions lawyers ask in depositions and other types of witness examinations to make the record as clear as possible
The first is a text correspondent with a Washington Post reporter.
The second is Feinstein's letter. Ford says she wrote it herself. Mitchell asking if she remembers when she wrote it
Grassley's time expires so Mitchell ends now and Feinstein up
First question is about her process of disclosing throughout her life
Ford describing phobias and anxiety from the attack
She just described my first two years at UW Madison
Clearly people knew my address because they were out in front of my house, Ford says
Feinstein closes asking how she is sure it is Kavanaugh
Basic memory function, Ford responds
Goes back to the letter. Mitchell tried to trip up Ford suggesting she wanted to make corrections.
These aren't corrections, Ford says
Grassley mumbles his way into giving the mic to Mitchell
No Ford says, noting she had hoped the information got there while there were other candidates
Ford's attorneys step in to say they have paid for it
Mitchell wants to make the case that Ford is being subsidized
Ford's attorney raises an objection. You don't want her to guess.
Nope, says Ford
Mitchell wants to know how Ford chose her attorneys
Absolutely, Ford testifies
Ed Whelan's 'mistaken identity' theory comes up
Ford says she doesn't think it's appropriate to talk about since, you know, it's bananas and horrible [my take]
Uses Mitchell's office own best practices manual as an outline
He sits and begins his opening statement. He looks tired and sounds defiant.
He sounds exactly like Trump.
These were Trump's talking points last night
Maybe let them testify then 🤷🏻♀️
There are real flashes of anger here
His body language is .... not great
Yeah let's put him on the Supreme Court for life huh
There's a coordinated and well-funded effort to smear his name says the man backed by the Judicial Crisis Network to the tune of tens of millions of dollars
Kavanaugh does not have a constitutional right to a promotion to the Supreme Court.
This is a job interview
I'm sure this really is terrible for him. He thought this was a sure bet for him.
Both Trump and Kavanaugh dismiss their accusers by effectively saying "I don't mix with those folks"
I'm not talking about girlfriends, Kavanaugh says
If everyone in high school who drank beer in this country is accused of sexual assault we'll be in a dark place in this country, Kavanaugh says
How is this real life
If but we lived in a world where abusers were held to that kind of standard.
Says if he's not confirmed it will be an abuse of process, basically
Let's see if she cross-examines him too
Kavanaugh is taking his time
Asks Kavanaugh if he understands that definition. He says he does.
Now Feinstein up. Brings up the other allegations and investigations
Your concern is evident and clear, Feinstein says. Why aren't you also asking?
Which will be nothing with Republicans in control of the Judiciary
I like beer, I still like beer, Kavanaugh says.
He's real mad, too
Mitchell back up now. We're back on the calendar
Asks if Kavanaugh would have documented the party described by Ford.
Kavanaugh says yes.
He says he is aware of that and hasn't been contacted by law enforcement
SO lets see his calendar!
Also did he just contradict Kavanaugh's statements that he demanded a hearing immediately?
You can't have it both ways, Durbin says.
This thing was sprung on me but staff, Kavanaugh says.
He's getting real angry
Graham now talking about Schumer immediately opposing his nomination
Are you a gang rapist he asks, now?
Graham says Democrats had no intention of protecting Dr. Ford
We're back to the yearbook
Cornyn says this isn't a job interview because he's been accused of a crime.
He knows better but he doesn't care.
Programming note that the administration is parroting these lines with their proposed changes to Title IX regs on campus sex assault
Kavanaugh says he respects AKlo
She says that's nice but answer my question please
That's honestly kind of sad
Kavanaugh looks at Klobuchar: have you?
I have no drinking problem, Judge Klobuchar closes
Kavanaugh says the witnesses said it didn't happen so there's no need for a pause.
He's going to do his best friendly prosecutor cosplay right here mark my word
Republicans are giving Kavanaugh special treatment
It's not a sworn statement is it, Blumenthal says
The statement was submitted by Judge's attorney. A couple paragraphs
Blumenthal says the quote where Kavanaugh said he had to "piece things back together" from the night before
Blumenthal closes by asking Kavanaugh if he believes Anita Hill
Grassley gavels Blumenthal to a close
Which questions are an embarrassment, Hirono asks
Hirono now basically
YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH to the Democrats
Booker now up. Asks immediately about the amount of drinking Kavanaugh did
You drank on weekdays yes or no
People do not report assault for personal gain.
I kept it confidential and I get criticized for that too! she says
Nope says Kavanaugh
Kavanaugh won't answer and wants to filibuster
Turns to the conspiracy theory that this is a political hit.
Brings up the Gorsuch nomination and how it was so much less rapey
I planned to but I did not, I was preparing mine, says Kavanaugh
I'm going to give you one last opportunity before God and country. Look me in the eye. Are Dr. Ford's allegations true?
They are not true to me, Kavanaugh says
I have to pee, record a podcast, and write something. Check y'all on the flip side