Professor Christine Blasey Ford, speaking to the US Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered a searing accusation of assault by Brett Kavanaugh, currently a nominee to be a Supreme Court justice, when the two were high school students in the early 1980s (JIM BOURG)
Washington (AFP) – Christine Blasey Ford told senators Thursday that she remains “100 percent” certain that Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the US Supreme Court, was the person who sexually assaulted her at a party decades ago.
In extraordinary and at times emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Blasey Ford, a psychology professor in California, said it was “absolutely not” possible that she had mistakenly identified Kavanaugh as her attacker.
Some conservative scholars have suggested Blasey Ford’s accusation was a case of mistaken identity, but Blasey Ford, 51, insisted she has a “100 percent” level of certainty that it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her.
The testimony — made under oath at a high-stakes hearing — is damning for Kavanaugh, whose nomination is facing intense scrutiny, as two other women also have come out identifying themselves as victims of sexual misconduct by the federal judge.
Blasey Ford claims Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a party in 1982 when he was a 17-year-old high school student and she was 15.
Asked how she could be so sure it was Kavanaugh who attacked her, Blasey Ford responded with confidence: “The same way that I’m sure that I’m talking to you right now. Just basic memory functions.”
The “trauma-related experience” was seared into her brain, she said.
Kavanaugh, 53, has strenuously denied assaulting anyone and insists he is the victim of a “smear campaign.”
Senior Senate Democrat Patrick Leahy was among those who questioned her bluntly about the attack, asking about her strongest memory of the incident.
“Indelible in the hippocampus (the part of the brain that is the center of emotion and memory) is the laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two, and they are having fun at my expense.”
Blasey Ford testified that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, both “visibly drunk,” pushed her into an upstairs room at the party and locked the door.
Kavanaugh, she added, proceeded to jump on top of her, and when she yelled for help, “Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming.”
“I was underneath one of them while the two laughed,” she said.
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