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Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

SALT LAKE CITY — The Senate Judiciary Committee held its assessment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, measuring the candidate’s character and credibility as a candidate.

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the committee Thursday about her allegations against Kavanaugh, who, she said, sexually assaulted her during high school.

Ford testified first on the day. We’ve collected video clips from the powerful moments of her testimony and shared them below:

Warning: What follows is graphic in nature and could be objectionable to some readers.


After a short recess, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gave his testimony. Here are video clips from his testimony as well:

"For me and the girls who I was friends with, that lack of major or rampant sexual activity in high school was a matter of faith and respect, and caution."

“As high school students, we sometimes did goofy or stupid things."

"I never had sexual intercourse or anything close to it during high school or for many years after that,"

"No federal judge, not a single one in the country, has sent more women law clerks to clerk on the Supreme Court than I have."

Rachel Mitchell: “What do you consider to be too many beers?” Brett Kavanaugh said, “I don't know. Whatever the chart says. Blood-alcohol chart.”

"If the mere assertion of an allegation, a refuted allegation from 36 years ago, is enough to destroy a person's life and career, we will have abandoned the basic principles of fairness and due process that define our legal system and our country."


“I was trying to get the information to you while there was still a list of other, what looked like, equally qualified candidates.”

"I yelled hoping that someone downstairs might hear me, and I tried to get away from him."

"Mark Judge should be subpoenaed from his Bethany Beach hideaway and required to testify under oath, but he has not."

"So what you are telling us is this could not be a case of mistaken identity?"

Christine Blasey Ford: "Absolutely not."

Ford is sworn-in:

Ford jokes that she needs caffeine:

"I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school."

"The details about that night that bring me here today are the ones I will never forget. They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult."

"I believed he was going to rape me. … I thought Brett was going to accidentally kill me."

"I convinced myself that because Brett did not rape me, I should just move on and just pretend that it didn't happen. Over the years, I told very, very few friends that I had this traumatic experience."

"Talking about it caused more reliving of the trauma, so I tried not to speak about it or discuss it.

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“All sexual assault victims should be able to decide for themselves whether their private experience is made public.”

"I thought it was my civic duty to relay the information I had about Mr Kavanaugh's conduct.”


The hearing began at 8 a.m. MDT.

Sen. Chuck Grassley interrupted ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein as she gave her opening remarks and greeted Dr. Ford.

Feinstein: "This is not a trial for Dr. Blasey Ford. This is a job interview for Brett Kavanaugh."

This story will be updated.