Christine Blasey Ford was believable
Maybe Brett Kavanaugh will make it to the Supreme Court after all. Maybe there will be enough senators in the coming days to confirm his appeal to the US Supreme Court, despite all doubts and allegations. Maybe.
One thing is certain: Brett Kavanaugh is a damaged man, and at most he will become a damaged judge. Everything else is hardly conceivable, according to this statement by Prof. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday morning in room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
Meanwhile, three women accuse Kavanaugh of having sexually molested, coerced or downright attacked her as a pupil or student. Ford was the first of these women, and their allegations against Kavanaugh are the best-documented. Americans only know Ford's story from the media, but on Thursday she told the story across the nation live on television. “I'm not here today because I want to be here,” said Ford. “I'm scared. I'm here because I feel it is my civic duty to tell what happened to me when I was Brett Kavanaugh and I in high school were."
Kavanaugh was very drunk
What happened then was - as Ford told it on Thursday in a halting voice and visibly shaken - this: In the summer of 1982, 15-year-old student Christine went to a small party in a private house in Bethesda, a suburb of Washington, where she was also who was 17 year old Brett. The two knew each other briefly. Brett Kavanaugh was dead drunk, according to Ford. When she was about to go to the bathroom, he and another drunk boy pushed her into a bedroom. Kavanaugh held her on a bed and tried to rape her. When she wanted to scream, he covered her mouth. "I could barely breathe and I thought that Brett would accidentally kill me." Ford was able to break free then. However, according to her own statements, she is still suffering from the trauma she suffered.
She has anxiety and claustrophobia, she said. And to this day, Ford told the shocked senators, she could remember the drunken laughter of her tormentors. Two guys who obviously "had a lot of fun".
He tried to rape me and he almost killed me - that's at the heart of what Ford had to say to the Senators about presumptive Constitutional Judge Brett Kavanaugh. If Ford's story is true, which senator could vote for Kavanaugh?
A normal dish would have to answer this question: Is the story true? The answer: It cannot be said with absolute certainty, the hearing has not changed that.
Kavanaugh angrily denies allegations
Kavanaugh categorically and angrily denied all allegations. "I have never had a sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr. Ford," he said. Whoever attacked Ford in that room that summer evening, it wasn't him, Kavanaugh said. At times tears came to his eyes - even if in his case they were tears of anger. He is the victim of a concerted character assassination campaign by the Democrats, says Kavanaugh, who want to prevent his appointment as a constitutional judge. The whole confirmation process has degenerated into "a circus" and "a national disgrace" because of the Democrats' cross shots, he complains.
According to Kavanaugh, he did not know Ford in his school days. He also never went to a party as Ford described it. Their statement is also full of holes and contradictions. He has never had a sexual or otherwise physical encounter with Ford.
In fact, there are no eyewitnesses to confirm the incident. The second boy who is said to have been in the room at the time, Mark Judge, contradicts Ford. Ford didn't go to the police at the time and didn't tell her parents either. On the other hand: In the course of her later life, Ford repeatedly told people he knew about the attack, who have now confirmed it in affidavits. She also took and passed a polygraph test this summer.
Ford's testimony about the rape attempt was not in doubt
The Republicans tried to find flaws in Ford's history. They had hired a state attorney from Arizona with experience in sex offenses - they wanted to avoid the impression that a dozen old men are cross-examining a traumatized woman. But apart from a few inconsistent details, the survey did not reveal any new information. Ford's testimony about the rape attempt was not in doubt.
The prosecutor asked whether it was possible for Ford to mistake Kavanaugh for someone else. "Absolutely not," replied Ford, and her voice, which often shook, was firm. She was "one hundred percent" sure it was Kavanaugh, she repeated later.
For Kavanaugh, Ford's appearance was devastating. He defended himself full of anger and indignation, knowing that his honor and reputation are just as important to him as he is about his future post. And he knows that he is not judged by lawyers, but by politicians. For them, legal standards of guilt or innocence, truth or falsehood are of secondary importance. All kinds of party-political and election tactical considerations and considerations flow into the verdict of the senators, which have little to do with what has been proven and what has not been proven. What matters is whether Ford was credible enough that the senators cannot brush aside what they have said. Or whether Kavanaugh was credible enough to save his candidacy. The Senate is due to vote next week.
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