Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testify on sex assault allegations
The White House says President Donald Trump is watching Christine Blasey Ford's testimony. If he is watching on his favorite network, Fox News, he may not like what he's hearing.
Rather than defending Brett Kavanaugh at all costs, like the network's primetime hosts have been doing, Fox's daytime journalists and commentators highlighted Ford's credibility and humanity on display at Thursday's hearing.
"I think Dr. Ford is exceptionally credible," Fox's top legal analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, said.
"A lot of folks" are "viewing her as a very credible witness," Supreme Court correspondent and 11 p.m. anchor Shannon Bream said. After the first break at Thursday's hearing, "Fox News Sunday" moderator Chris Wallace said "this is a disaster for the Republicans."
Read more about Fox News' coverage here.
At the beginning of California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris' remarks, she spoke directly to Christine Blasey Ford: "Dr. Ford, first of all so we can level set, you know you are not on trial."
"You are not on trial. You are sitting here before members of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee because you had the courage to come forward because as you have said, you believe it was your civic duty," Harris said.
Watch the moment:
Sen. Lindsey Graham, speaking to reporters at a break, expressed his frustration with the allegations that have threatened to derail Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation and shared a warning, "Let me tell my democratic friends, if this is the new norm, you better watch out for your nominees."
Here's his full remark:
Well let me put it this way to my Republican colleagues. If this becomes the new standard where you have an accusation for weeks, you drop it right before the hearing, you withhold from the committee a chance to do this in a professional timely fashion. When they say they’re going to do this is to delay the vote, get the Senate back in 2018 so they can fill the seat. I don’t want to publicly reward that kind of behavior. I think we’ve been very fair. And to my Republican colleagues. If you can ignore everything in this record an allegation that’s 35 years old, that’s uncertain in time, place, date and no corroboration. If that’s enough for you, God help us all as Republicans. Because this happens to us, but this never happens to them. Let me tell my democratic friends, if this is the new norm, you better watch out for your nominees.
As Senator Lindsey Graham was heading to the elevator after a lengthy and angry exchange with us reporters trailing him in the hallway, a young woman approached him. She was waiting for him by the elevator.
This was their exchange we saw and heard on video:
Woman: “Senator Graham, I was raped 13 years ago.”
Graham: “I’m so sorry.”
Woman: “I don’t remember the exact date, but do you believe me?”
Graham: “You needed to go to the cops. Go to the cops.”
See the moment:
Rachel Mitchell, the lawyer who is asking questions for the Senate Republicans on the committee, again asked Christine Blasey Ford about the polygraph test she took in August and who paid for it.
One of her lawyers, Debra Katz, jumped in.
"Her lawyers have paid for her polygraph," Katz said.
"As is routine," another one of her lawyers added.
"As is routine," Katz repeated.
The halls and elevators of the Dirksen Senate Office Building are full of protesters, sending silent messages scrawled on tape, signs and their bodies.
Outside, protesters - -and Kavanaugh supporters -- are much more vocal.
CNN affiliate WJLA's Richard Reeve captured the back and forth.
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, casting doubt on Ford's allegation, told reporters that he still thinks the committee should vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination Friday after today's testimony.
Graham later added:
"She seems like, something happened to this woman, but the question for me is I’ve got a man who’s lived I think an incredibly productive life adamantly denying it and a lot of the details, I don’t know how you fill them in. I don’t know how she got there or how she left but somebody brought her there, somebody took her away and the trauma that happened on that day and that place that’s an important event for me."
Former Republican senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum responded to the morning testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, saying she seemed "authentic."
"Just watching her, she seems authentic," Santorum said, "And that's a big problem for Brett Kavanuagh ... Sometimes pawns can take kings."
Christine Blasey Ford said she's not sure who paid for the lie detector test she took in August. Rachel Mitchell, who's asking questions for the Senate Republicans on the committee, asked her about it:
Mitchell: Did you pay for the polygraph yourself?
Ford: I don’t think so.
Mitchell: Do you know who did?
Ford: Not yet, no.