She has given an opening statement that has riveted the room….
As I type this she is being questioned by the women lawyer the Republican men on the committee brought in….
Dr. Blasey delivered her opening statement, at times through tears, at times resolute — but always with palpable emotion.
Speaking her first words in public, Dr. Blasey told senators in explicit detail, her voice breaking at times, of the night she said the future Judge Kavanaugh pinned her to the bed, tried to rip her clothes off and clapped his mouth over her as she screamed.
“It was hard for me to breathe and I believed that Brett was going to accidentally kill me,” she said.
She said death threats and vile epithets have “rocked me to my core.”
The main test for Dr. Blasey was whether she could appear credible before the senators, especially Republicans who have suggested that she is suffering from a case of mistaken identity — or that she has partisan motives.
She addressed the latter issue directly.
“I have been accused of acting out of partisan political motives,” she said. “Those who say that do not know me. I am a fiercely independent person, and I am no one’s pawn. My motivation in coming forward was to provide the facts about how Mr. Kavanaugh’s actions have damaged my life, so that you can take that into serious consideration as you make your decision about how to proceed.”
She also poked holes in the mistaken identity theory when she described how she and Judge Kavanaugh met when their social circles intersected. She remembered his friends, including Mark Judge, who she said was in the room, while practicing swimming and diving at Columbia Country Club in suburban Maryland.
“This is how I met Brett Kavanaugh, the boy who eventually assaulted me,” she said.
Next she is being questioned by Rachel Mitchell, an Arizona prosecutor specializing in sex crimes chosen by the Republican leadership…..
Highlights from first part of Ford’s questioning…
What’s new [12:21 PM]: Ford confirmed that she reached out to her congresswoman while Kavanaugh was still on the shortlist of potential Supreme Court nominees and that she did so out of a sense of “civic duty.”….