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Kavanaugh: Confirmation Process Is Now 'National Disgrace'

His testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee has begun
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2018 2:43 PM CDT
Updated Sep 27, 2018 3:47 PM CDT
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill.   (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

(Newser) – Christine Blasey Ford is done testifying, and now Brett Kavanaugh has begun his testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Supreme Court nominee, speaking in what CNN refers to as a "stern, aggressive tone," once again denied Ford's allegation that he sexually assaulted her in 1982. "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace," he said. "The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process. But you have replaced advise and consent with search and destroy." He later got emotional and teared up at times when discussing his family. Watch this space for updates:

  • Destroyed: Kavanaugh said in his opening statement that since Ford came forward, "My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations," per Talking Points Memo.
  • Daughter: One of the emotional moments from Kavanaugh came when he mentioned that his 10-year-old daughter told him, "We should pray for the woman." "It's a lot of wisdom from a 10-year-old," Kavanaugh said, noting that he bears Ford no ill will.

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