Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testify on sex assault allegations

By Meg Wagner, Brian Ries, Sophie Tatum and Paul P. Murphy, CNN

Updated 8:22 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018
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4:03 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Kavanaugh calls his high school yearbook "a disaster"

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said he cringes when he looks back at his high school yearbook — but maintained that the jokes in it were not about anything sexual.

"As high school students, we sometimes did goofy or stupid things. I doubt we're alone in looking back at high school and cringing at some things. For one thing, our yearbook was a disaster," he said.

Kavanaugh included "Renate Alumnius" as an entry in his high school yearbook page, and two of Kavanaugh's classmates told the New York Times the mentions of "Renate" were part of the high school football players' unsubstantiated boasting about their conquests with Renate Schroeder Dolphin

Kavanaugh explained the reference like this:

"One thing in particular we were sad about, one of our good — one of our good female friends, who we would admire and went to dances with had her name used on the yearbook page with the term alumnus. That yearbook reference was clumsily intended to show affection and that she was one of us. But in this circus, the media has interpreted the term was related to sex. It was not related to sex. 

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3:56 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Source close to Kavanaugh: He wrote every word

From CNN's Ariane de Vogue

A source close to Kavanaugh says he wrote every word. This was not precleared with the White House. This is 100% him.

3:45 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Some in the hearing room wipe away tears, too

From CNN's MJ Lee

As Kavanaugh speaks with a lot of emotion –- at times fighting through tears -– a few people in the audience have been spotted also wiping tears, including when he spoke emotionally about his father.

3:41 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

As Kavanaugh testifies, police arrest protesters marching near Capitol Hill

Police have arrested protesters who were blocking the roadway that runs between the Supreme Court and Capitol Hill.

The protesters sat in the road and linked arms.

Fellow protesters began chanting: "Arrest rapists. Not protesters."


3:37 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Kavanaugh chokes up when talking about his 10-year-old daughter

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh teared up when he mentioned his 10-year-old daughter, Liza, during his opening statement.

Kavanaugh was explaining how he said he bears Ford no ill will when he recounted how Liza, when saying her prayers, said, “We should pray for the woman.”  

“It’s a lot of wisdom from a 10 year old,” he said.  

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3:31 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Kavanaugh: "I am innocent of this charge"

Judge Brett Kavanaugh strongly denied that he assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during a high school party nearly 40 years ago, claiming that while she may have been assaulted, it wasn't he who did it.

"That's not who I am. It is not who I was. I am innocent of this charge," he said.

3:30 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Kavanaugh: "You'll never get me to quit. Never."

Brett Kavanaugh, delivering a furious speech at the start of his Senate testimony, said he wouldn't withdraw his nomination.

"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. You've tried hard. You've given it your all," he said.

He continued: "No one can question your effort, but your coordinated and well-funded 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."

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3:28 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Kavanaugh on the allegations and hearing: "This is a circus"

While speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh passionately denied the allegations of sexual assault that have been brought against him, calling the accusations from the past two weeks "a calculated and orchestrated political hit."

Kavanaugh continued, saying the allegations were fueled by "apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups."

"This is a circus," he said.

3:20 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Kavanaugh: "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace"

Brett Kavanaugh portrayed himself as a victim Thursday, saying he and his family have been "totally and permanently destroyed" by the sexual assault allegations he faces.

As the nation watched an extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Kavanaugh rebutted his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, in a hearing that can decide the fate of President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.

He said he welcomed any investigation, even as Republican senators have said they don't see a need for the FBI probe Ford's claim.

"This confirmation process has become a national disgrace," he said. "The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process. But you have replaced advise and consent with search and destroy."

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