3:20 PM: “I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process…Your coordinated effort to destroy my good name and destroy my family will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. You may defeat me in the final vote, but you’ll never get me to quit. Never.”
3:15 PM: “This confirmation process has become a national disgrace…You have replaced advise and consent with search and destroy.”
3:10 PM: Kavanaugh is sworn in and begins his opening statement. He says he wrote it himself and no one has seen it and it appears it’s different from what was published yesterday.
Kavanaugh seems very upset. Says “my family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed…”
3 PM ET: While we’re waiting for this to start, this interview with Lindsey Graham is circulating on Twitter. Graham warns that we’re setting new norms, and not good ones:
BEST INTERVIEW TODAY:
Graham’s message to GOP & Dems.
To GOP: “If this becomes the new standard, 35 year old claim that’s uncertain of time, place, date no corroboration – God help us as Republicans.”
To Dems: “If this is the new norm, you better watch out for your nominees.” pic.twitter.com/X5kUAeMegg
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) September 27, 2018
Original post below…
Ed did a live-blog of the first half of the hearing earlier today, so if you missed some of that you can check it out here. I’ll be doing the same thing for the second half featuring Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony.
Yesterday, the Judiciary Committee published Judge Kavanaugh’s prepared opening remarks and I wrote about those here. Briefy, his opening seems to very similar to the statements he made during his Fox News interview earlier this week. He admits to occasionally drinking too many beers but denies any sexual assault against Ford or anyone else.
Dr. Ford’s allegation dates back more than 36 years, to a party that she says occurred during our time in high school. I spent most of my time in high school focused on academics, sports, church, and service. But I was not perfect in those days, just as I am not perfect today. I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends. Sometimes I had too many. In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now. But that’s not why we are here today. What I’ve been accused of is far more serious than juvenile misbehavior. I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes.
The second half of the hearing is about to start. Here’s the live feed from the Washington Post: