On Sunday evening, the Senate Judiciary Committee released the transcript of a telephone interview with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh given by Senate Democrats on Wednesday, the night before the hearing.
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Donald Trump Jr. has five children and suggested he feared "my sons" would be most negatively impacted by similar he-said, she-said allegations. "Sometimes I had too many beers", he told the panel. Noting that Ford did not remember in what house the incident allegedly occurred, or how she left the gathering and got back home, Mitchell said "her inability to remember this detail raises significant questions".
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Judge has denied Ford's allegations.
In Kavanaugh's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he told senators that, while he did occasionally drink "too many" beers in his youth, he did not ever "drink to the point of blacking out", which was how he knew he had never sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
"I was very troubled by the tone of the remarks". The bureau has up to a week to interview witnesses and report to the White House, which will forward the findings to the Senate before a confirmation vote. "The Senate will vote on Judge Kavanaugh here, on this floor, this week", McConnell told the chamber. When Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, the Republican-controlled Senate refused to hold a hearing for the man whom then-President Barack Obama nominated to replace him, Merrick Garland. These students, he said, would "drink beer and they'd go insane and you know, they were in high school!"
After confirming that, as well as no name, there was no date and no location identified by the accuser, a Committee member read the "handwritten two-and-a-half page letter", which Kavanaugh said he was completely unaware of. This anonymous person outlined a scenario wherein Kavanaugh allegedly forced her to give him oral sex in a auto as his unnamed friend in the backseat assisted by covering her mouth.
P.J. Smyth, identified by Ford as being at the gathering of teenagers where the alleged assault occurred, was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and again denied knowledge of the gathering or of improper conduct by his friend Kavanaugh, Smyth's lawyers said.