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Ford to Describe Most Terrifying Moment of Alleged Attack

Details of assault 'have been seared into my memory'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2018 5:22 AM CDT
Updated Sep 27, 2018 6:11 AM CDT
Rachel Mitchell makes an opening statement in a court in Mesa, Ariz.   (Jack Kurtz/The Arizona Republic via AP)
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(Newser) – Millions of Americans—including President Trump—will be watching Thursday's high-stakes Senate Judiciary Committee starting at 10am Eastern. In a hearing room that seats a few dozen spectators, Christine Blasey Ford, who says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, will be the first to testify, followed by Kavanaugh himself, the AP reports. CNN, MSNBC, and Fox will cover the testimonies live, while NBC, ABC, and CBS, plan to pre-empt regular daytime programming to cover developments, BuzzFeed reports. A roundup of coverage:

  • "Seared into my memory." In prepared opening remarks, which can be seen in full here, Ford says she is "terrified," but believes it is her civic duty to come forward. She gives details of the alleged assault, which she says "have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult." She says she feared Kavanaugh would rape her after pushing her onto a bed and trying to remove her clothes—and the most terrifying moment was when he put his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming and she feared he might accidentally kill her. She also describes the decision to come forward, the "terrifying" consequences she has faced, and says: "It is not my responsibility to determine whether Mr. Kavanaugh deserves to sit on the Supreme Court. My responsibility is to tell the truth."

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