Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault more than three decades ago, arrived on Capitol Hill Thursday, to testify in a make-or-break Senate hearing that could determine Kavanaugh’s fate for the nation’s top court.
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES (UNRESTRICTED POOL) – Christine Blasey Ford, who accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, arrived for a high-stakes Senate hearing that could determine whether Kavanaugh is confirmed or rejected for the nation’s top court.
Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 at a party when both of them were in high school.
Kavanaugh, who denies the allegations made by Ford as well as two other women who have come forward, will also testify, although he will not be in the room when Ford is speaking.
The all-male Republican majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee has hired a female lawyer with experience prosecuting sex crimes, Rachel Mitchell, to question Ford. Democratic senators are set to ask their own questions.
A conservative appeals court judge, Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump in July and appeared to be heading toward confirmation by the Republican-controlled Senate until Ford’s allegations became public earlier this month.
Now his fate is unclear. Although Republican leaders say they want to move forward with a confirmation vote, some moderate Republicans have not yet committed to voting for him.
They include Senator Jeff Flake, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee.