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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6:22 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

College friend told CNN Kavanaugh "wasn’t that type of person”

From CNN's Lauren Fox

Judge Brett Kavanaugh said the person he spent the most time with at Yale was Chris Dudley, former basketball player and 2010 GOP gubernatorial candidate in Oregon. 

Dudley, speaking to CNN on Monday, said he has had a very hard time watching the allegations about his friend surface.

Dudley says he met Kavanaugh freshman year. The two men often played basketball together. Kavanaugh played JV, but JV practiced or played practice games with Varsity, Dudley remembered. The two men were also in DKE together. Dudley joined later and said it wasn’t a primary social activity for him because he was so involved with the basketball team. 

Kavanaugh and Dudley have stayed in close touch in the years since. The men ran in the same social circles, and they often went to sporting events like football games together.

Dudley remembers Kavanaugh as “very humble” and “smart."

“Just a great guy to be around,” Dudley said. He said it was kind of rare at Yale to “have a guy who literally was the smartest guy in the room” not acting like it. 

Dudley said that he did see Kavanaugh drinking, but that he never saw Kavanaugh get out of control. Dudley said there was drinking at Yale, but that it was “not crazy.”

Dudley said he saw Kavanaugh when Kavanaugh was first nominated, but that he has not spoken to him since all of the allegations broke. He said he texted Kavanaugh something along the lines of “hang in there” more recently.

In college, Dudley said Kavanaugh was not a big dater. He had friends who were women, but he said Kavanaugh was shy and when he drank, he did not get aggressive. 

 “He wasn’t that type of person,” Dudley said.

6:17 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Ben Sasse accuses Democrats of "doing crap" to Kavanaugh's family

From CNN's Jessie Yeung

In a fiery statement, Republican Nebraska Sen. Benjamin Sasse asked why Sen. Dianne Feinstein's staff hadn't handled the allegations earlier, rather than let them "do crap to his (Kavanaugh's) family."

"I think Dr. Ford is a victim and I think she's been through hell, and I'm very sympathetic to her," Sasse said.

However, he continued, "None of these things were asked. But then once the process was closed, once the FBI investigation was closed, once we were done meeting in public and in private, then this was sprung on you."

Seeming to speak to the Democrats in the room now, Sasse said, "You could have handled all this. We could have had this conversation in a private in a way that didn't -- not only do crap to his family...." he then stopped the thought.

"I yield my time."

Watch it here:

6:06 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Senate Republicans to meet tonight to decide next steps

From CNN's Phil Mattingly and Lauren Fox

There will be a Senate Republican conference meeting later tonight for leaders to take the temperature of the nomination and decide next steps following today's blockbuster, and highly charged, hearings.

Time and location to be determined.

6:40 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

A Democratic senator asked about Anita Hill. Some in the room groaned.

From CNN's MJ Lee

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, asked about Anita Hill at the very end of his questioning time.

“Do you believe Anita Hill?” he asked Kavanaugh. (The Judge did not have time to respond.)

While they were not loud or dramatic, there were audible groans and exclamations in the room.

6:00 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Source: The only way to earn respect in Trumpworld is to brawl, and he's brawling

From CNN's Jim Acosta

A source close to the White House summing up how Trump and his administration are responding to Kavanaugh's testimony.

The “only way to earn respect in Trumpworld is to brawl," the source said. "And he is brawling.”

5:43 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Kavanaugh apologizes to Klobuchar after asking about her drinking habits

We just started the hearing again after a short break, and Judge Brett Kavanaugh started with an apology to Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Kavanaugh and Klobuchar had a tense exchange before the break, with the senator asking him about his drinking habits, and the judge turning around and asking the same questions of her. ("I'm curious if you have," Kavanaugh asked after Klobuchar asked he he had ever drank so much he couldn't remember.)

"I responded by asking her a question, and I'm sorry I did. This is a tough process," Kavanaugh said. "I'm sorry about that."

Here's how Klobuchar responded:

"I appreciate that. I would like to add when you have a parent that's an alcoholic, you're pretty careful about drinking." (Klobuchar has talked extensively about her father’s alcoholism and the impact it had on her.)

5:35 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

Kavanaugh asks Klobuchar if she's ever blacked out after tense back-and-forth

From CNN's Jessie Yeung and Greg Krieg

In a tense back-and-forth, Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar tried asking if Kavanaugh ever blacked out, but Kavanaugh repeatedly refused to answer -- and repeatedly attempted to turn it around on the Minnesota senator.

Klobuchar began by asking, "Was there ever a time when you drank so much that you couldn't remember what happened or part of what happened the night before?"

"No," Kavanaugh answered. "I remember what happened and I think you've probably had beers, Senator."

When Klobuchar asked again, Kavanaugh dodged, turning the question back on Klobuchar. "I'm curious if you have (blacked out)," Kavanaugh asked at one point.

Finally, Klobuchar exasperatedly answered, "I have no drinking problem, judge."

"Nor do I," Kavanaugh responded.

Watch the exchange: 

5:20 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

On-air callers share their stories of experiencing sex abuse

As Christine Blasey Ford testified, C-SPAN viewers did what they can do every day--call in and give their viewpoints on the day's political topics.

Today was markedly different.

Some began calling in, sharing their own heartbreaking and personal experiences with sexual abuse.


If you, or someone you know, is dealing with the aftermath of a sexual assault, these organizations can help:

5:17 p.m. ET, September 27, 2018

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