The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the federal judge of sexual misconduct while both were in high school, on Thursday.
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The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. It will be aired on C-SPAN, and various national news outlets will be offering live coverage as well.
Both Kavanaugh and Ford are expected to face grilling at the hearing. Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University in California, said Kavanaugh held her down and fondled her at a party when both were students at Montgomery County prep schools in 1982. Kavanaugh denies the allegation.
Each of the committee’s 21 members will get five minutes to question both Kavanaugh and Ford, or they can cede their time to a lawyer.
Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell is expected to speak for Senate Republicans at the hearing. She is chief of the special victims division for the prosecutor’s office in the state’s most populous county.
Among the Democrats expected to be especially tough on Kavanaugh are Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Both are relatively junior members of the committee, but are among only four women on the panel and have experience prosecuting, or overseeing the prosecution of, sex crimes.
The Senate Judiciary Committee said Wednesday it was reviewing new allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. Since Ford’s story became public, two other women have come forward, including one represented by Michael Avenatti, the same lawyer representing porn star Stormy Daniels.
There could be a quick turnaround between the hearing and the Judiciary panel’s vote on whether to confirm Kavanaugh’s nomination. Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican and the committee's chairman, said Tuesday that a voting session was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday. But he said on Twitter that if members aren’t ready to vote, “we won’t.”
Judic Cmte noticed POTENTIAL exec mtg for Friday. Still taking this 1 step at a time. After hrg Dr Ford & Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony- if we‘re ready to vote, we will vote. If we aren’t ready, we won’t. Cmte rules normally require 3 days notice so we‘re following regular order