WASHINGTON (News4Utah) – United States Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman accusing him of sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a high-stakes hearing Thursday.
Ford, a California psychology professor, recounted with “100 percent” certainty that President Donald Trump’s nominee had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in 1982.
In the time since Ford’s story was made public, two other women have also come forward with allegations. Kavanaugh has swiftly and repeatedly denied all allegations against him.
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said the “circus atmosphere” created by his Democratic colleagues has brought out the “worst in our politics.”
“This is a national disgrace. And in the middle of it all we have Judge Kavanaugh, a man who until two weeks ago was a pillar of the legal community. There’s been no whisper of misconduct by him in all the time he’s been a judge. What we have are uncorroborated, unsubstantiated claims from his teenage years, claims that every alleged eyewitness has either denied or failed to confirm. I do not mean to minimize the seriousness of the claims. But the search for truth must involve more than bare assertions.”
Following Dr. Ford’s testimony, when a reporter asked Hatch if he found her to be credible he said, “Well, it’s too early to say. I don’t think she’s un-credible. I think she’s a very attractive, good witness, and that it’s way early.”
When another reporter asked him what he meant by attractive, he responded, “Oh, in other words… she’s pleasing.”
Matt Whitlock, Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Hatch, clarified the use of the word “attractive” after the remarks were made public and drew some criticism.
“Hatch uses ‘attractive’ to describe personalities, not appearances,” Whitlock wrote in a tweet responding to reporters. “If you search his past quotes you’ll see he’s used it consistently for years for men and women he believed has compelling personalities.”