Here we go.
I will add to this post as tweets and information becomes available.
Here is Christine Blasey Ford’s prepared opening statement:
I was an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina and earned my degree in Experimental Psychology in 1988. I received a Master’s degree in 1991 in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. In 1996, I received a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California. I earned a Master’s degree in Epidemiology from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 2009.
I have been married to Russell Ford since 2002 and we have two children.
I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school. I have described the events publicly before. I summarized them in my letter to Ranking Member Feinstein, and again in my letter to Chairman Grassley. I understand and appreciate the importance of your hearing from me directly about what happened to me and the impact it has had on my life and on my family.
When I got to the small gathering, people were drinking beer in a small living room on the first floor of the house. I drank one beer that evening. Brett and Mark were visibly drunk. Early in the evening, I went up a narrow set of stairs leading from the living room to a second floor to use the bathroom. When I got to the top of the stairs, I was pushed from behind into a bedroom. I couldn’t see who pushed me. Brett and Mark came into the bedroom and locked the door behind them. There was music already playing in the bedroom. It was turned up louder by either Brett or Mark once we were in the room. I was pushed onto the bed and Brett got on top of me. He began running his hands over my body and grinding his hips into me. I yelled, hoping someone downstairs might hear me, and tried to get away from him, but his weight was heavy. Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes. He had a hard time because he was so drunk, and because I was wearing a one-piece bathing suit under my clothes. I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming. This was what terrified me the most, and has had the most lasting impact on my life. It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me. Both Brett and Mark were drunkenly laughing during the attack. They both seemed to be having a good time. Mark was urging Brett on, although at times he told Brett to stop. A couple of times I made eye contact with Mark and thought he might try to help me, but he did not.
During this assault, Mark came over and jumped on the bed twice while Brett was on top of me. The last time he did this, we toppled over and Brett was no longer on top of me. I was able to get up and run out of the room. Directly across from the bedroom was a small bathroom. I ran inside the bathroom and locked the door. I heard Brett and Mark leave the bedroom laughing and loudly walk down the narrow stairs, pin-balling off the walls on the way down. I waited and when I did not hear them come back up the stairs, I left the bathroom, ran down the stairs, through the living room, and left the house. I remember being on the street and feeling an enormous sense of relief that I had escaped from the house and that Brett and Mark were not coming after me.
The hearing has just started but already it has become contentious, and Senator Grassley is being very adversarial toward Dr. Ford.
Update: As this hearing starts, keep in mind that a fourth accusation was reported last night on NBC.
The only accuser present in today’s hearing is Christine Blasey Ford.
Update 2: The third accuser speaks.
Julie Swetnick has spoken on camera.
“From what I experienced firsthand, I don’t think he belongs on the Supreme Court,” Swetnick said. “I just want the facts to come out … and I want the American people to have those facts and judge for themselves.”https://t.co/e7AMy2Qfz8
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 27, 2018
Julie Swetnick is also not at this hearing.
Update 3: The new GOP tactic has been to find two men who claim that perhaps THEY were the ones who assaulted Dr. Ford.
Here is what Lindsay Graham said about them
.@LindseyGrahamSC on the two men who have come forward claiming they may have been the man who assaulted Ford: “One’s crazy as a loon, I don’t believe the other one. I’m not going to play this game.” pic.twitter.com/zxxg5dbXP4
— Norah O’Donnell🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) September 27, 2018
You know every once in awhile Senator Graham seems fairly reasonable.
Update 4: Listen to this voice.
Christine Blasey Ford: “I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school” pic.twitter.com/yRJUFFpfZB
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 27, 2018
Does she sound like she is lying to you?
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testifies she has been coping with “anxiety, phobia and PTSD-like symptoms…more specifically claustrophobia, panic.” https://t.co/zzXJbGSPie #KavanaughHearings pic.twitter.com/pp8VVeblr2
— ABC News (@ABC) September 27, 2018
This will be among the most unforgettable moments of this testimony: https://t.co/SAboLhqjQB
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) September 27, 2018
If I were Brett Kavanaugh I would call it a day and withdraw my name for nomination.
Update 7: Even Fox News cannot defend their side in this hearing.
On Fox News, Bret Baier says hearing from Blasey Ford “is a totally different thing” than reading her allegations.
Chris Wallace: “This was extremely emotional, extremely raw, and extremely credible… This is a disaster for the Republicans.” pic.twitter.com/aSbznSJdHC
— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 27, 2018
Oh yeah, the Republicans are definitely in real trouble here.
Update 8: This also does not bode well for Kavanaugh.
Person close to Trump says Trump is raging at how bad this has been for Republicans so far. Trump told people Ford “seems credible,” per source
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) September 27, 2018
Update 9: I am going to leave this thread open for Kavanaugh’s upcoming testimony in a few minutes.
So if you stay with me I will continue to expand on this post.
Update 10: Brett Kavanaugh’s opening statement. (You might want to turn down your speakers.)
“All four people allegedly at the event, including Dr. Ford’s longtime friend Ms. Keyser, have said they recall no such event. Her longtime friend Keyser said … she does not know me and does not believe she ever saw me at a party ever,” Kavanaugh said in his opening statement. pic.twitter.com/6GEvTUtUnq
— POLITICO (@politico) September 27, 2018
Loud and bellicose. I’m guessing he was prepped by Trump.
Update 11: This, this is the guy who wants a seat on the Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh yells at Sen Feinstein and avoids her question about an FBI background check. pic.twitter.com/AFQmfIR6Qf
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 27, 2018
Update 12: Lindsey Graham showing Brett Kavanaugh the proper method for throwing a hissy fit.
Attacking his Democratic colleagues, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says to Kavanaugh, “You’re looking for a fair process? You came to the wrong town at the wrong time, my friend.” Learn more: https://t.co/9TfkpK1DPU #KavanaughHearings #11MSNBC #11thHour pic.twitter.com/GAxlrisR9x
— 11th Hour (@11thHour) September 27, 2018
Well, that was embarrassing to watch.