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described. i could go on. but we've got to realize that what we have done in this case, all of the time, you go through a background investigation by the fbi, then it comes to us. there's always some holes in it that we have to follow up on. besides -- >> mr. chairman -- >> we are responding to the story. ms. mitchell. tomr. chairman, i would like point out, to support what senator whitehouse said, in the need a hill case, george bush investigated that the -- order that the investigation be opened again. >> will you proceed? >> dr. ford, the washington post reported in their september 16 article that you did show them
therapist notes. is that incorrect? i don't remember physically showing her a note. perhaps my counsel did. i don't remember physically showing her my copy of the note, but i just don't remember, i'm sorry. i have retrieved a physical copy of those medical records. >> thank you. >> you also attended individual therapy. did you show any of those notes to the reporter from the washington post? >> again, i don't remember if i showed her something i summarized or if i just spoke about it, or if she saw it in my counsel's office. i certainly spoke with her about the 2013 record with the individual therapist. notrett kavanaugh's name is
in those notes, correct? in reading the washington post article, it mentions that the incident that we are here about contributed to anxiety and ptsd problems with which you have struggled. contributed, is that mean that there are other things that happened that have also contributed joining zaidi and ptsd? to anxiety and ptsd? ,> i think it is multifactorial so that was certainly a critical risk, we would call it a risk factor. that would be a predictor of the symptoms that i now have. that doesn't mean that other things that happened in my life would make it worse or better if there were other risk factors as well. have there been other things that have contributed to the anxiety and ptsd you have
suffered? dr. blasey ford: i think there are biological predispositions everyone has for particular disorders, so i can't rule out that i would have some biological predisposition to be anxious. >> what about environmental? dr. blasey ford: environmentally , not that i can think of. certainly nothing as striking as that event. your interview with the washington post, you say to told your husband early in your marriage that you had been the victim of, and i quote, physical abuse. before you were married, you told him you experienced a sexual assault. do these two things refer to the same incident? >> yes. >> and at either point, did you use any names? dr. blasey ford: no. >> may i ask, how did you get to
washington? dr. blasey ford: in an airplane. >> i ask because it has been reported by the press that you would not submit to an interview with the committee because of your fear of flying. is that true? dr. blasey ford: i was hoping that they would come to me, but then i realized that was an unrealistic request. >> it would have been a quicker trip for me. dr. blasey ford: that was certainly what i was hoping, having to avoid getting on an airplane, but i eventually was withto get up the gumption the help of friends and get on the plane. >> when you were here in the mid-atlantic area back in august, and of july and august, how did you get here? dr. blasey ford: also by airplane. i come here once per year in the
summer -- not here, delaware. in fact, you fly fairly frequently for your hobbies and for work, is that true? dr. blasey ford: correct, unfortunately. biasu were a consulting statistician in australia, right? >> i have never been to australia, the company is based in australia and they have an office in san francisco. i don't think i'll make it to australia. >> i also saw that you list the putowing interests -- you hawaii, pacific islands, french polynesia. have you been to all of these places? dr. blasey ford: correct. >> by airplane? dr. blasey ford: correct. and --, hawaiian culture. dr. blasey ford: it is easier to
travel going on vacation. >> thank you for being here, dr. ford. prosecutor,b as a we investigated reports like this, so it gave me a window on the types of cases that hurt women and hurt all of us. and i would always tell the women that came before us that they would have to tell their story before a jury box of strangers. you have had to tell your story before the entire nation. for so many years, people have stepped -- have swept stories like yours under the rug. they have said what happened in your houston not belong in the courthouse. times have changed. i want to thank you for coming forward and sharing your report with us. i understand you've taken a polygraph test. dr. ford, it found you were being truthful when you
described what happened to you. can you tell us why you decided to take that test? i was meetingd: with attorneys, interviewing various attorneys. the attorneys asked if i was said,g to take it and i absolutely. that said, it was almost as anxiety provoking as an airplane flight. you talked about your recollections and seeing mark judge at the safeway. if there had been an appropriate reopening of this background check, with that help you find the time period if you knew when he worked at the safeway? dr. blasey ford: i feel i could be much more helpful if i could be provided that date via employment records or the irs. and ier federal law, don't expect you to know this, statements made to medical professionals are considered to be more reliable. there is a federal rule of
evidence about this. aboutld your counselor this in 2012. is that right? dr. blasey ford: my therapist, my individual therapist, correct. >> i understand your husband was also present when you spoke about this incident in front of the counselor and he recalls you using judge kavanaugh's name, is that right? slowlasey ford: i have to down a minute. there were two separate incidents where it is reflected in my medical record here and i talked about it more than those two times, but therapists don't typically write down content as much as they write down process. symptoms, and not your story and the facts. i just happen to have it in my records twice. the first time was in 2012 with my husband in couples therapy, quibbling over the remodel. then in 2014. so, if somebody had actually
done the investigation, your husband would have been able to say that you named his name at that time. dr. blasey ford: correct. >> i know you've been concerned with your privacy throughout the requestednd you first that your account be kept confidential. can you tell us why? dr. blasey ford: yes. as i stated before, once i was unsuccessful in getting my before the to you candidate was chosen, my original intent was to get the information when there was still a list of other candidates available. once that was not successful and i saw that persons were very supportive of the nominee, i it alled --i tracked summer and realized when i was
calculating the risk-benefit ratio, it looked like i was going to suffer, only, for no reason. my experience with memory, i distinctly remember things that happened to me in high school or college, but don't exactly remember the date. i don't exactly remember the time. sometimes i remember the exact place where it occurred, but the interaction. many people are focused today on what you are not able to remember about that night, and i think you remember a lot. can you tell us what you don't forget about that night. stairwell.ford: the the living room. the bedroom. the bed on the right side of the walk into the room, there was a bed to the right. the bathroom in close proximity. the laughter, the uproarious
laughter. and the multiple attempts to escape, and the final ability to do so. >> thank you very much, dr. ford. correctord, i want to the record. it is not something i'm saying that you stated wrongly, because you may not know the fact that didn'tu said that you think that it was possible for us to go to california as a committee or for investigators to go to california to talk to you, we did in fact offer that to you and had the capability of doing it, and would have done it anywhere or anytime. dr. blasey ford: thank you. >> mr. chairman, can i put the polygraph results on the record. any objection? >> let us see the chart. >> the polygraph? i think you may have it.
>> can we have the underlying charge -- underlying charts? the polygraph results, and i would like to put it on the record -- could i put the polygraph results -- tests in the record? proposed having the polygraph examiner testified, as you know. if that had happened, the full panoply of materials he had supporting his examination would have been provided. you rejected that request, so what we did provide was the polygraph report, which is what you have. >> this was sent to your chief counsel and i want to share it with america so they have this report as well. >> we will accept without , but we are also requesting and expect the other materials that i have just
stated. chairman, you would not allow the underlying witness to perform the polygraph test to testify, nor would you allow mark judge to testify. thank you for allowing this report on the record, but that is the reason we don't have the underlying information for you. >> you got what you wanted, i would think you would be satisfied. >> when was the polygraph administered? >> it was administered on august and the date of the report is august 10. >> when was it provided to the committee? >> let's see if we can't do this in a more orderly way. >> he was asking and i have it here and you have it as well. >> we've accepted it. , senator cruz. have talked we
about the day and the night you described in the summer of 1982. thank you for being willing to do that. i know it is difficult. i would like to shift gears and discussed the last several months. statement, you said that on july 6, you had eight, quote, sense of urgency to relay the information to the senate and president. did you contact either the beforeor president on or july 6? >> i did not know how to do that. ok. prior to july 6, had you spoken to any member of congress. and when i say congress, i mean the senate or house or any congressional staff members about your allegations? dr. blasey ford: no. >> why did you contact the
washington post on july 6? i was panicking because i knew the timeline was short for the decision, and people were giving me advice on the beach. people who don't know about the were giving me advice. many people told me you need to hire a lawyer, and i didn't do that. i didn't understand why i would need a lawyer. somebody said to call the new york times, call the washington post. an anonymous tip, go to your congressperson. options, ihed those thought the best was to do the civic route, to go to my congressperson. so i called her office and also put in the anonymous tip to the , andngton post
unfortunately, neither got back to me before the selection of the nominee. that thestified congresswoman's office contacted you on july 9. >> they contacted me on the date the nominee was announced, so that seems likely. about yourtalked allegations with anyone in her office before the date of july 9? dr. blasey ford: i told the receptionist on the phone. >> july 10, you texted the washington post again, which was really the third time, is that right? second date, third time? >> one moment. dr. blasey ford: correct. toyou texted, been advised contact senators or new york times. haven't heard back from washington post. to contact you
senators or the new york times? dr. blasey ford: beach friends iming up with ideas on how could get to people because people were not responding to me very quickly. they quickly responded to that text for an unknown reason. ,nce i sent the encrypted text they responded very quickly. >> did you contact the new york times? dr. blasey ford: no. >> why not? dr. blasey ford: i was not interested in pursuing the media route, particularly. i felt that one was enough, the washington post. and i was nervous about doing that. my preference was to talk with a congressperson. >> the washington post texted back that someone would get you in touch with a reporter. did you subsequently talk to a reporter with the washington post? dr. blasey ford: yes, under the encrypted app and off the record. >> who was that reporter?
dr. blasey ford: emma brown. >> the person who ultimately wrote the story? dr. blasey ford: correct. any member ofk to congress, and again, remember that it includes the senate, house of representatives, or any congressional staff members, about your allegations between july 10 and july 30, the date of your letter to senator feinstein questio? the met with congresswoman's staff, i think on july 18 on the wednesday, then on the friday. didhen you met with her, you meet with her alone or did someone come with you? dr. blasey ford: i was alone, she had a staff person. >> what did you talk about with the congresswoman and her staff ?n july 18 and july 20
incident,ed about the and i talked about what my options were in terms of going forward and how to get that about how to get that information, and fears about whether this was confidential information. constituentd the confidentiality principle. >> i would like to ask unanimous consent to submit five articles, , why sexuale titled assault memories stick, and one titled, why didn't the accuser come forward earlier? >> i want to thank you for coming to testify today. you came forward with serious and relevant information about a nominee for a lifetime position
on the supreme court. you didn't have to and i know that you've done it at great personal cost. this is a public service and i'm grateful to hear from you directly today. i would like to follow up on the line of questioning mr. mitchell was following. i think a lot of people don't realize that you chose to come forward about your concerns about judge kavanaugh before he was nominated to the supreme court. do i understand correctly that when you first reached out to congresswoman eshoo, that was when he was on the short list but before he was nominated? dr. blasey ford: correct. your testimony says you were motivated by a sense of civic duty and the hope that some other highly qualified nominee might be picked. not out of a motivation in the late stage to have an impact on the final decision. i sawasey ford: correct, it was very important to get the information to you, but i didn't know how to do it while there
was still a short list of candidates. >> thank you, doctor. according to the justice department, two thirds of sexual assault survivors do not report their results. i would be interested to hear from you on this because you bore this alone for a long time and it would be helpful for us to understand the ways that has impacted your whole life. it has impacted me at different stages of the development of my life. the immediate impact was probably the worst, the first four years, i think i described earlier, a fairly disastrous first two years of undergraduate studies at the university of north carolina, where i was finally able to pull myself together. and then, once coping with the immediate impacts, short-term
impacts, i experienced long-term impacts of anxiety and relationship challenges. >> yet you went on to get a phd, is that correct? dr. blasey ford: correct. predicted, there was a wide range of responses to your coming forward, some thousands of survivors have been motivated and inspired by your courage, and others have been critical. i've reviewed the wide range of reactions and have been troubled by the excuse offered by too many that this was a high school incident and that boys will be boys. for me, that is too low of a standard for the conduct of boys and men in our country. i would appreciate your reaction to the excuse that boys will be boys. dr. blasey ford: i can only speak for how it has impacted me greatly for the last 36 years, even though i was 15 years old at the time.
i think that the younger you are when these things happen, it could possibly have worse impacts than when your brain is fully developed and you have better coping skills that you've developed. dr. blasey ford: experts have written about how it is common for sexual assault survivors to remember some facts about the experience very sharply, very clearly, but not others. that has to do with the survival mode we go in when experiencing from a. is that your experience, and could you help the layperson understand? i wasasey ford: definitely experiencing the fight or flight mode, if that is what you are referring to. adrenaline, cortisol, thatinephrine, and credit a little bit for my ability to get out of the situation. but also some other lucky events that occurred. >> dr. ford, we are grateful
that you came through and shared your account with us and the american people. i think you've provided important information and i would like to thank you for meeting your civic duty. i wish we could have provided a more thorough hearing today. i think that asking the invest -- asking the fbi to investigate thoroughly was not too much. i think that asking the individual involved in your assault, mark judge, to appear was not too much. i'm thankful for your courage. dr. ford, we were talking about you meeting in july with congresswoman eshoo. did you talk about your allegation with any republican member of congress or congressional staff? dr. blasey ford: i did not. where i lived, the congressman is a democrat. >> was it communicated to you by
your counsel or someone else that the committee had asked to interview you and that they offered to come out to california to do so? fore object, mr. chairman, any call to privilege conversations between counsel and dr. ford. could you validate the fact that the offer was made without her saying a word? is it possible for that question to be answered without violating any counsel relationships? i sayyou mind if something to you directly? i just appreciate that you did offer that. i was not clear on what the offer was, if you were going to come out to see me. i would have gladly hosted you and in happy to see you out there. it was not clear to me that was the case. >> does that take care of your
question? >> yes. >> proceed, then. ofbefore july 30, the date your letter to senator feinstein, have you retained counsel with regard to these allegations? >> i didn't understand why i would need lawyers, actually. >> a lot of people have that feeling. let's talk about the letter which you wrote on july 30. to ask senator feinstein maintain confidentiality -- >> one moment. >> stop the clock, will you? >> i found it. feinstein tonator maintain confidentiality until
we have had further opportunity to speak, then said you were available to speak further, vacationing in the mid-atlantic until august 7. is that correct? ,r. blasey ford: the last line is that what you are --? .orry, i'm a little slower i am available to speak further, should you wish to discuss. i was in delaware until august 7, and after that, i went to new hampshire and back to california. did you talk to anybody about this letter before you sent it? dr. blasey ford: i talked to anna eshoo's office. >> why did you talk to her office about the letter? dr. blasey ford: they were willing to hand deliver it to senator feinstein. >> did anyone help you write the letter? dr. blasey ford: no.
>> after you sent the letter, did you or anyone on your behalf speak with senator feinstein personally or with any senate staffer? dr. blasey ford: i had a phone call with senator feinstein while i was still in delaware, august 7. >> how many times did you speak with her? dr. blasey ford: once. >> what did you talk about? dr. blasey ford: she asked me ,uestions about the incident and i answered those questions. >> was that the gist of the conversation? dr. blasey ford: yes, it was a fairly brief phone call. did you ever give senator feinstein or anyone else permission to release that letter? dr. blasey ford: not that i know of, no. date, julythe letter
30 and august 7, did you speak with any other person about your allegations? dr. blasey ford: could you say the dates again? of july 30er date and august 7, while you were still in delaware, did you speak with any other person about your allegations? dr. blasey ford: i'm just trying to remember what dates. with any lawyers you may have spoken with, correct? oh, correct.rd: correct, then. i was interviewing lawyers. speaking personally about it. lawyers you were seeking to possibly higher to represent you, did you speak to anybody else about it? dr. blasey ford: no, i was staying with my parents at the time. >> did you talk to them about
it? dr. blasey ford: definitely not. would it be fair to say that you retain counsel during that time, from july 30 to august 7? dr. blasey ford: i can't remember the exact date, but i was interviewing lawyers sitting in the car in the driveway of the walgreens parking lot enrolled, delaware -- parking i was trying to figure out the process of interviewing lawyers and how to pick one. >> you said earlier that you didn't see the need for lawyers now you're trying to hire them. what made you change your mind? it seems like most of the individuals i had told -- the total number was not very high but the advice was to get a lawyer for advice about whether back.h forward or stay
>> did that include senator feinstein or senator escher? dr. ford: no. >> thank you for a knowledge and that we had said we would come to california. senator blumenthal. >> thank you. i went to thank you for being here today and to tell you that i have found your testimony believe, credible and i you. you are a teacher, and you have given america and amazing teaching moment. other moments in the classroom, but you have inspired and you have enlightened america. it inspired and given courage to as they come forward
have done for everyone of our offices and public places. you have inspired and you have enlightened men in america to listen respectfully to women survivors and men who have survived sexual attack. and that is a profound public service regardless of what happens with this nomination. so the people of america and the teachers of america should be of what you have done. i will tell you why i believe you, not only your consistent statements, the polygraph test and your request for an fbi investigation which are urging that this committee hear from other witnesses who could corroborate or dispute your story, but you have also been
very honest about what you cannot remember. somebody composing a story can in ait all come together seamless way but some of who is honest -- i speak from my experience as a prosecutor as well, is also candid about what he or she cannot remember. the senators on the other side of the aisle have been silent. unprecedented is in a confirmation hearing but i want to float one of my colleagues senator lindsey wrote in a book that he when he was describing his own
service, his very distinguished naval service. air force. >> i'm not under oath. [laughter] his prosecutions of learned how much unexpected courage from a deep and hidden place it takes for a rate victim or sexually abused child to testify against their assailant. i learned how much courage it takes for a rate victim or sexually abused child testify against their assailant. if we agree and nothing else today i would hope that on a bipartisan basis we can agree how much courage it has taken
for you to come forward. and i think you have earned america's gratitude. talk abouteen some your requesting an fbi investigation and you mentioned a few minutes ago that you could the time thate youran into mark judge if knew the time that he was working at that supermarket. that is a fact that could be uncovered by an fbi investigation that would help further elucidate your account. beld you like mark judge to interviewed in connection with a background investigation and the serious, credible allegations you have made?
dr. ford: that would be my preference. i'm not sure it is up to me but i feel like i could be more helpful if i knew the dates he worked at the safeway. >> well it is not up to you, it is up to the president of the united states and his failure to ask is in my view tantamount to a cover up. >> we have heard this morning several times that you did take and that was on question that dr. ford: i believe so. it was a day that was flying to new hampshire. >> why did you decide to take a polygraph?
ford: i didn't see any reason not to do it. >> were you advised to do that? >> your soon to call for confirmation of counsel communication. sheou mean to do that shouldn't have to answer. >> could you and -- could you answer in a way that would give any further information about the communication between you and dr. ford? dr. ford: based on advice from counsel i was happy to underground the polygraph test although i found it extremely stressful. than imuch longer anticipated and i felt like i told my whole life story but i
endured it and it was fine. ever taken any other polygraph in your life? dr. ford: never. him that you went see a gentleman by the name of jeremiah hannifin to serve as the polygrapher. did anybody advise you on that choice? dr. ford: yes and a believe his name was jerry. >> jerry hannifin? dr. ford: yes. >> did anyone advise you on that choice? didn't choose him myself, he was just the person who came to do the polygraph test. >> he conducted the polygraph not in his office in virginia but in the hotel next to the baltimore, washington, airport. why was that location chosen? dr. ford: i had left my
grandmother's funeral at fort lincoln cemetery that day and was on a tight schedule to catch manchester, to hampshire, so he came to me. >> he administered a polygraph on the day you attended your grandmother's funeral? dr. ford: correct. it might have been the next day. >> have you ever had discussion with anyone on how to take a polygraph? dr. ford: never. >> i don't just mean countermeasures but any sort of tips or anything like that? dr. ford: no. i was scared of the test itself but was comfortable that i could tell the information in the test
would reveal whatever it was going to reveal. didn't expect it to be as long so it was a little stressful. given tips orer advice to somebody looking to take a polygraph test? dr. ford: never. >> did you pay for the polygraph? dr. ford: i don't think so. >> do you know who did pay for the polygraph? dr. ford: not yet, no. >> you have a handwritten statement that you wrote out int -- did anyone assist you writing that statement? no, but you can tell how anxious i was by the terrible handwriting. >> which touched on an earlier.
did you know that the committee has requested not only the charts from the test but any audio or video recordings of the polygraph test? dr. ford: no. >> were you audio and video recorded when taking the test? dr. ford: i remember being hooked up to a machine on my a lot ofbeing asked questions and crying a lot. that is my primary memory. took laborious detail explaining what he would be doing, but i was focused on what i would say and my fear about that, i wasn't listening to every detail about whether it was audio or video recorded. >> you were in a hotel room? dr. ford: correct. >> regular hotel room? dr. ford: it was in a conference room.
>> did you notice any cameras in the room? a computer set up so i assumed he was somehow taping or recording. >> you assumed you were being recorded? dr. ford: correct. >> but you don't know for sure? dr. ford: i don't know for sure. >> we will recess for a half hour for lunch. thank you, dr. ford. >> we have been listening to it watching the confirmation hearing of brett kavanaugh and it is all done about the testimony of dr. ford. take a break right now and for a recap we will go to kevin cirilli. it strikes me as the tale of. two hearings. we have sensitive questions being asked by the democrats and a prosecutor standing in for all
the questions from the republicans. him but it is quite remarkable. it is quite remarkable. they survey did not want the situation during that anita hill proceedings when you had republicans asking the subject of the hearing questions. they decided to go for a prosecutor. it really made for an awkward back and forth we have the prosecutor asking questions and then senators on the left asking other questions. we're about halfway through in terms of the questions being asked of dr. ford and after that we will hear from judge kavanaugh. up-to-datebring you with regards to what president trump is doing. sarah sanders says he will not be making a decision with rod rosenstein until they meet next week. according to sarah sanders he doesn't want to distract from the hearing going on.
the president is back in washington. on capitol hill democrats are still calling for a fbi investigation and the vote is still scheduled at the committee vote tomorrow morning. of the rodtponement rosenstein meeting have been telegraphed by the president yesterday. let's go back to the question about the absence of an fbi investigation. the democrats keep coming back. one of the thing senator blumenthal spoke on. the witness has said if they check the employment records of that safeway, we know the day boyn into mr. judge, the she said was the other person in that room. >> she has set her preference would be for the committee to subpoena mark judge to get his
from the other witness who was there. this has been a crucial sticking point between republicans and democrats. many of ther, republicans this will come down to. to some extent, bob corker. senator flake, a retiring senator from arizona. all of this really so much focus being telegraphed through the senate judiciary committee. brett kavanaugh, judge kavanaugh, after this will give his opening remarks and sit through questions. this will likely be an all day affair. >> we have to hear from judge kavanaugh and up sure he will be compelling. listening to dr. ford so far, she does appear to be credible.
are we getting any sense from capitol hill, are the republicans pulling back that this is a political hit job? it is hard watching her in this testimony say that this is a hitman, as it were. kellyanne conway had said publicly on another network this morning and argument that i have heard echoed from other publicans which is -- other theylicans, which is that are arguing maybe something did happen to her but it wasn't judge kavanaugh who did that. in contact with republicans who work frequently with the white house as well as senate judiciary republicans. they were very chatty this morning and not so much now. >> alex, what is your sense from the white house about the reaction? alex: the president has been
quiet on the testimony. we haven't heard much from him today. his son just tweeted about christine ford's testimony that -- she said she didn't want to come to the hearing or to be interviewed because she was afraid of flying, but the prosecutor pointed out that she had been doing other flying for business recently. that,r., picked at fearng her suppossed of flying. if republicans have anything to hang their hat on it is these little erosions of credibility at the margins of her testimony, flying,she is afraid of why can't she remember when or where, how come the things she numbers are things like the stairs, the bedroom, and the
laughter of the boys. i want to bring in shannon pettypiece now, it strikes me that the gender issue plays large. the female senators are saying we understand what it is for victims who are reluctant. this woman has clearly been traumatized and maybe even the white house has allowed that something happened to her -- for the white house to be picking apart whether she is afraid of flying, doesn't that seem like a cheap shot? jr. was the one who put out that mocking tweet. he isn't the white house and he is known for taking cheap shots. that is his brand at this point. i think he is proud of that. on the gender issue one of the things we are hearing is this concern as you pointed out we have them at senators being very sympathetic to her. then you have rachel mitchell, who is doing the questioning,
who is also being sympathetic and isn't really challenging her the way republicans would like. listening to the commentary from conservatives, they chose rachel mitchell on the republican side because they were concerned about the gender gap of having a group of male senators, because it is all male applicant senators on the judicial committee interrogating a victim of sexual assault about these allegations. a lot of people feel like her questioning isn't strong enough into poking holes into her story that they would like to see. >> one of the holes she was trying to probe gently was the use of polygraph. she was asking why she was coming away from her grandmother 's funeral which is not a good question trying to undermine her credibility. but why wouldn't they allow the
polygraph to come forward? records butl the they don't want the polygraph expert to testify? >> in addition, they don't want any other additional witnesses, nor other accusers to testify. i would reiterate what chan said which is essentially how this , givenome so heightened that you have the question of why there wasn't an fbi investigation to be brought forward. i spoke with one source who works frequently with the republican members of this committee and has worked with previous at ministrations and i said is the prosecutor going to release a written report after this hearing, is the prosecutor going to make recommendation to the republicans and this source told me no. it becomes a question of -- given the format of the hearing, and given the questions the prosecutor is asking, will there
be any written recommendation from this prosecutor based on her decades-long experience prosecuting sexual assault and abuse? what exactly will her questioning yield, if anything? >> shannon, is there any sense that the white house might be backing off this nomination? in a news conference yesterday he said i want to hear what dr. ford has to say. >> internally, people have told us there is no sign of them backing down. that the president, senator grassley and mcconnell are in lockstep. evenve heard no talk of the possibility of trying to put another nominee in there. that is not something we are aware has been discussed. in the press conference, he made a point which was made early by kellyanne conway, that she is
ertz to have her story heard, that it should be listened to, and he did say he would be making determination about her credibility. the president is on air force one in transit from new york city to washington. were not sure if he watched the opening remarks by the senators because he was in the car and then on a helicopter, but he certainly was watching on air force one. he is back at the white house as of around noon. >> there is a middle course between packing off the nomination and actually having confirmation hearings going forward tomorrow. what is the likelihood that they have to respond to some of the questions? for example, getting the employment records of mr. judge. >> i would be surprised if there is a vote by the committee tomorrow morning to advance this nominee. her testimony has been powerful and compelling.
i think you are right that there is more pressure on republicans to investigate further. some of her testimony that could be easily corroborated. did mark judge work at safeway in a summer in the 1980's? could they have run into each other? there is pressure on republicans to subpoena mark judge. they have refused. i think that pressure is growing . i do not see the nomination proceeding tomorrow morning. three republican governors have called for a pause in the nomination and a more extensive investigation into cavanaugh's accusers -- into brett kavanaugh's accusers. >> we have midterms coming up. if they delay the nomination? >> first this is an issue that occurred in a suburban county, particularly at a time when
republicans are trying to win back conservative women and women in the suburbs. if you lookoint is, at who the swing senators are, they are on the cusp. vote atflake, will he 9:30 to move this along? i can tell you that someone like senator susan collins who is not up for election until 2020 will face steep pressure from leader mcconnell's office and the current governor who is a staunch trump supporter, and mainline republican politics will be waiting on her -- weighing on her. what does this mean for the midterms? about thenot enthused republican party heading into the midterms. that is on the minds of a host
of different folks. alex'srankly, i think point about republican governors is something to watch. we will see how they start to move within the next 24 hours. pettypiece, as we are waiting for the confirmation hearings to resume what could cavanaugh due to make the white house happy. what does the white house need today? >> he would have to do a better performance than he did in his fox news interview where he coached, he did seem to loosen up near the end of the interview, but she is coming off as credible and genuine and sympathetic.
that youth-like voice almost adds to her sincerity. it will be difficult for. him to match this. if he can come off as -- difficult for him to match this. if you can come off as genuine, that will help. >> we can see dr. ford sitting back down at the witness table. more testimony from dr. christine blase forward straightahead. fordr. christine blasey straight ahead. this isn't just any moving day.
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david: this is special coverage on bloomberg television. i am david westin. vonnie quinn is in new york. we are covering the questioning ford. christine blasey kevin, as we wait for dr. ford to come back and complete her testimony, i want to ask the question i had earlier -- what was -- what does the white house need out of judge kavanaugh later today? therter: really to get attention of the