Lawmakers, Americans Listen to Woman Accuse Supreme Court Nominee of Sexual Attack
The first woman who publicly accused the nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court of a sexual attack spoke at a public hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Brett Kavanaugh, the nominee, has strongly denied the charges.
Christine Blasey Ford said that she is "100 percent" sure that the teenager who attacked her in 1982 is Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She also said she feared that Kavanaugh was "going to accidentally kill" her at the time.
Ford said the attack took place at a house party that she attended along with Kavanaugh, his friend Mark Judge and others. She said that Kavanaugh and Judge locked her in a bedroom and that Kavanaugh forced himself on top of her.
Ford spoke under oath to tell the truth.
"I yelled, hoping that someone downstairs might hear me, and I tried to get away from him, but his weight was heavy. Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes. He had a hard time because he was very inebriated and because I was wearing a one piece bathing suit underneath my clothing. I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from yelling. This is what terrified me the most and has had the most lasting impact on my life."
She said Kavanaugh and Judge were "drunkenly laughing during the attack."
Kavanaugh has denied all accusations of sexual assault from Ford and from several other women who came forward with claims of sexual wrongdoing. He is to testify later Thursday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman is Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Grassley said Democrats should have brought forward the accusations earlier.
He said that the FBI had carried out six full field investigations of Kavanaugh since 1993. He said it found no suggestion of sexual wrongdoing in any of those investigations.
When he speaks with lawmakers later today, Kavanaugh is expected to strongly deny Ford's report as well as accusations by others. He has described the claims as last-minute smears. He released a text of his expected statement Wednesday. Ford also released such a statement.
President Donald Trump chose Kavanaugh in July to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh's confirmation could solidify a conservative majority on the court for a generation.
On Wednesday, President Trump accused Democrats of creating untrue accusations against Kavanaugh. "They know it is a big fat con job," Trump said.
Other women have come forward in the past few days with detailed accusations about Kavanaugh, including that he was aware of group rapes of girls in high school. He has denied all the accusations.
Trump said Wednesday that he would watch Thursday's Senate hearing. He said it is possible he could change his mind about his nominee after he hears Ford and Kavanaugh speak about the accusations. Currently, lawmakers are scheduled to vote Friday morning on whether to approve Kavanaugh for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.
Christine Blasey Ford is a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California. Brett Kavanaugh is a federal judge in Washington, D.C. They both attended private high schools in the D.C. area in the 1980s.
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1.house party 家庭聚会；私人聚会
In one case, a victim was attacked outside a house party.
2.federal judge 联邦法官
The dead include a federal judge.
3.lifetime appointment 终身任命
The exception to this is the lifetime appointment by the President of Justices of the Supreme Court and other federal judges.
4.the Supreme Court 最高法院
The case was up for the final decision in the Supreme Court.
5."I yelled, hoping that someone downstairs might hear me, and I tried to get away from him, but his weight was heavy.
get away from 逃离；远离
You can’t get away from this guy fast enough at a cocktail party!
It’s so obvious once you get away from the traditional mindset.
6.Kavanaugh has denied all accusations of sexual assault from Ford and from several other women who came forward with claims of sexual wrongdoing.
came forward with 提出；带来
The committee came forward with one viable solution.
He came forward with utter childish amazement on his face.
候选人布雷特·卡瓦诺(Brett Kavanaugh)强烈否认了这些指控 。
克里斯汀·布拉西·福特表示，她“百分百”确定1982年袭击她的人就是最高法院候选人卡瓦诺 。她还说，当时担心卡瓦诺会“失手”杀了她 。
福特指出，袭击发生在一次家庭聚会上，参加聚会的除了她、卡瓦诺及其好友马克·贾奇还有其他人 。她说，卡瓦诺和贾奇把她锁在卧室里，而卡瓦诺强行压在她身上 。
我大声呼救，希望楼下的人能听到，我试图躲开他，但是他太重了 。卡瓦诺在我身上乱摸，还想脱下我的衣服 。他很难得逞，因为他喝得酩酊大醉，而我的衣服里面还穿了件泳衣 。我相信当时他想强奸我 。我想大喊救命 。可是卡瓦诺用手捂住我的嘴，不让我出声 。这是我最惊恐的一次经历，对我的生活产生了最持久的影响 。
卡瓦诺否认了福特和其他几名女性提出的性侵指控 。他将于周四晚些时候出庭作证 。
参议院司法委员会主席是来自爱荷华州的共和党人查克·格拉斯利（Chuck Grassley） 。格拉斯利表示，民主党人应该更早提出这些指控 。
他指出，自1993年以来，FBI已经对卡瓦诺进行了6次全面的现场调查 。他说，在这些调查中并没有发现任何性犯罪的迹象 。
今天晚些时候卡瓦诺向国会议员陈述时，预计他将强烈否认福特以及其他受害者的指控 。他称，这些指控是最后一刻的污点 。周三，他公布了预期中的声明 。而福特也发布了一份声明 。
今年7月，特朗普总统提名卡瓦诺接替大法官安东尼·肯尼迪（Anthony Kennedy） 。卡瓦诺的任命可能会在未来一代人的时间内巩固保守党在最高法院的多数席位 。
周三，特朗普总统指责民主党人对卡瓦诺进行“不实指控” 。特朗普表示：“他们知道这是一场大骗局 。”
在过去的几天里，其他女性也纷纷对卡瓦诺提出详细的指控，包括他知晓高中时女生们被轮奸一事 。他否认了所有指控 。
周三，特朗普表示，他将收看周四的参议院听证会 。他说，听到福特和卡瓦诺对这些指控作证后，他可能会更换提名的人选 。目前，议员们定于周五上午投票，决定是否批准卡瓦诺终身担任最高法院大法官 。
福特是加州帕洛阿尔托大学的心理学教授 。而卡瓦诺现为华盛顿特区的一名联邦法官 。在上世纪80年代，两人就读于华盛顿特区的私立高中 。