Judge Kavanaugh is now officially Justice Kavanaugh. The Committee hearings are over, the votes are finished, and the game is complete. Now, those involved in the allegations of sexual assault against Justice Kavanaugh are speaking out.
However, they are not very kind. In particular, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s attorney’s have come out with comments regarding the president. But, they were not words of encouragement.
The Daily Caller reported,
“One of Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys on Friday said her client was upset by President Trump’s “very hurtful” mocking of her testimony at a rally in Mississippi last week. “She did,” attorney Lisa Banks told CNN when asked how she felt about President Trump’s Tuesday comments.
“She was upset by it. It was very hurtful, as it would be to any woman. Any survivor who had the courage to come forward only to be mocked and belittled by anyone really, but certainly by the president of the United States, it was very upsetting. It was very hurtful.”
“I had one beer!” Trump told the Mississippi crowd Tuesday night, mocking Ford’s account. “How did you get home? I don’t remember. How did you get there? I don’t remember. Where is the place? I don’t remember. How many years ago was it? I don’t know. I don’t know.
I don’t know! I don’t know! What neighborhood was it in? I don’t know. Where is the house? I don’t know. Upstairs, downstairs, where was it? I don’t know. But I had one beer, that’s the only thing I remember. And a man’s life is in tatters. His life is shattered.”
The Hill reported,
“President Trump said late Saturday that he mocked Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, because he needed to “even the playing field.” Trump discussed Kavanaugh’s confirmation during an on-air call with Fox News host Jeanine Pirro after his rally in Kansas.
Pirro said that Trump was “disciplined” after Ford’s allegations came out and asked him why he decided mock her during a rally last Tuesday. “You went off script and some people said you were extremely unkind to Christine Ford,” Pirro said. “But what was it that got you to pivot from your restraint about her and to fight for Kavanaugh at that point?” she asked.
“Well, there were a lot of things happening that weren’t correct, they weren’t true and there were a lot of things that were left unsaid,” Trump responded. “And I thought I had to even the playing field. It was very unfair to the judge, and now I can very nicely say Justice Kavanaugh. It was a very unfair situation.”
“So I evened the playing field,” the president said, adding that things “started to sail through” after he spoke out against Ford. Trump attacked Ford, the first of three women to publicly accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, in front of a crowd in Mississippi. He mocked her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee late last month, prompting the audience to applaud and laugh.
“‘How did you get home?’” Trump said. “‘I don’t remember.’ ‘How’d you get there?’ ‘I don’t remember.’ ‘Where is the place?’ ‘I don’t remember.’ ‘How many years ago was it?’ ‘I don’t know.’” “‘What neighborhood was it in?’” he continued, as the crowd cheered and clapped. “‘I don’t know.’ ‘Where’s the house?’ ‘I don’t know.’ ‘Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?’ ‘I don’t know, but I had one beer.’ ‘That’s the only thing I remember.’”
Trump’s statements were a sharp departure from his earlier comments, when he referred to Ford’s testimony as “very compelling.” Kavanaugh was confirmed and sworn in as a Supreme Court justice on Saturday.”
The vote to get Justice Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court required several different procedural votes. After the hearing testimony of both Justice Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a vote shortly thereafter regarding whether or not the committee would advance the nomination out of the committee and on to the Senate Floor.
The committee chose to advance the nomination to the full Senate Floor. However, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona indicated he would only vote in support of Justice Kavanaugh if there was a full Federal Bureau of Investigation investigation. When it was completed a little less than a week later, the vote continued and was scheduled.
The full Senate voted to invoke cloture in a party-line vote of 51-49. The vote allowed for 30 additional hours of debate and for the final vote to take place. The next day the full Senate voted in support of the nomination of Justice Kavanaugh in another party-line vote. President Trump signed his commission and swore him in later that day.
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