Blasey Ford Questioning Starts With Examination Of Her Previous Statements On Alleged Assault

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27:   Christine Blasey Ford listens to opening statements prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.  (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Christine Blasey Ford listens to opening statements prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 ... WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Christine Blasey Ford listens to opening statements prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images) MORE LESS

After a few words of sympathy for Christine Blasey Ford, Rachel Mitchell, the outside conusel brought in by Senate Republicans to question Blasey Ford about her sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, began her questioning in earnest by asking Blasey Ford to review the previous statements she made about the assault, including a letter she wrote to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) about it.

Among the details Blasey Ford sought to correct one of her written descriptions of one the alleged attendees of the party where Blasey Ford say she was groped; she said the attendee wasn’t a bystander, as she initially described him, because he was downstairs while the alleged incident took place in a bedroom upstairs.

Mitchell’s calm but meticulous effort to scrutinize Blasey Ford’s account was a striking scene. Behind her sat 11 male Republican Judiciary senators, staring intently at Blasey Ford.

Mitchel did not get very far in this line of questioning. Grassley interrupted her because the five minutes for GOP side of questioning was up, and it was time to toss it to the Democrats.

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