How To Watch Brett Kavanaugh & Christine Blasey Ford Testify Before The Senate

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who's accused the embattled Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, will both testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
The public hearing will begin at 10 a.m. ET. C-SPAN will broadcast the testimony and you can watch it here. Other news outlets — such as NBC, ABC, CNN, Fox News, and CBS — are also likely to livestream the event.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat, will both have opening statements. Ford will be the first to testify and be questioned by the senators in the committee. Because all the Republicans in the committee are men, they've recruited Arizona-based prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who specializes in sex crimes, to question Ford on their behalf and avoid the bad optics. After Ford finishes testifying, she will leave the room to allow Kavanaugh to be questioned.
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Dr. Ford says that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her and attempted to rape her when both were in high school. She has asked for the FBI to re-open Kavanaugh's background check and investigate her claims, but the White House and Republican leadership have refused.
Since she has spoken up, two other women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Deborah Ramirez claims he "exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away" while both were freshmen at Yale University. Meanwhile, Julie Swetnick alleges that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge conspired to drug girls and gang rape them at house parties in the early 1980s; she also said both men were present while she was victim to one of these gang rapes.
It's been nearly 27 years since Anita Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that her former boss, Judge Clarence Thomas, had sexually harassed her. Thomas was confirmed anyway and today he sits on the U.S. Supreme Court bench.
It remains to be seen whether a similar fate awaits Kavanaugh and the women who have accused him.
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