A usually stoic Brett Kavanaugh choked up in tears as he described how his young daughter, Liza, asked her mother Ashley Kavanaugh to pray for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her in the early 1980s.
“The other night, Ashley and my daughter, Liza, said their prayers,” Kavanaugh said in his opening statement to the committee. “And little Liza, all of 10-years-old, said to Ashley, ‘We should pray for the woman.’”
Kavanaugh, who began his statement in a defiant tone, began crying as he tried got compose himself. “It’s a lot of wisdom from a 10-year-old.”
After regaining his composure, Kavanaugh tried to go on with his statement. But his emotions took over as he again was forced to take a break.
“We mean no ill will,” he said before drawing a long sigh.
Kavanaugh broke down again when he mentioned his father.
“Why did I keep calendars?” he asked, referring to detailed calendars he submitted to the committee. “My dad started keeping detailed calendars of his life in 1978.”
An emotional Kavanaugh then stopped.
“He did so as both a calendar and a diary,” he said, as his voice cracked. “He’s a very organized guy, to put it mildly.”
Earlier in the day, Dr. Ford gave her own emotional testimony to the committee, choking back her own tears as she recalled the time when she said Judge Kavanaugh tried to rape her while he was drunk at a party during the early 1980s.
“Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes. He had a hard time because he was so drunk,” Ford told senators in her opening statement. “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 screaming. This was what terrified me the most,” she said.
As she recounted the most specific details, Ford became visibly emotional and choked up on several occasions.
“It was hard for me to breathe,” she continued, saying that Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge was also in the room egging him on. “I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me. Both Brett and Mark were drunkenly laughing during the attack,” Ford said.
Kavanaugh has categorically denied Ford’s accusations. Judge has also disputed Ford’s account, though the Judiciary Committee has so far declined to call him to testify under oath — as Ford has requested.
Ford is one of three women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Another women, Deborah Ramirez, told The New Yorker on Sunday that Kavanaugh thrust his penis in her face against her will while they were both drunk during their freshman year at Yale.
Brett Kavanaugh gets emotional and breaks down in tears as he mentions his father: "Why did I keep calendars? My dad started keeping detailed calendars of his life in 1978."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 27, 2018