During the intense and lengthy Senate hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the cross-examination of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) made waves after she publicly thanked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and said, “I believe you.”
During Thursday’s hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the GOP members opted to have a female prosecutor named Rachel Mitchell conduct their questioning. This move made it appear as if Dr. Ford was the one being questioned of wrongdoing. During her moment, Harris took a moment to remind Dr. Ford that she is not being accused of anything and her bravery has not gone unrecognized.
“You know you are not on trial?” Harris began by asking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. “You are not on trial. You are sitting here before members of the United States Senate’s Judiciary Committee because you had the courage to come forward, because, as you have said, you believe it was your civic duty. I was struck in your testimony by what you indicated as your intention when you first let anyone associated with these hearings know about it.”
Harris pointed out Dr. Ford reached out to her Congresswoman hoping that she would talk to the White House while Kavanaugh was still on the short list.
“I know having personally prosecuted sexual assault cases and child sexual assault cases that study after study shows trauma, shame and the fear of consequences almost always cause survivors to at the very least delay reporting if they ever report at all,” Harris continued. “Police recognize that. Prosecutors recognize that. Medical and mental health professionals recognize that.”
Harris also detailed how Dr. Ford took several measures to investigate these allegations while Judge Brett Kavanaugh has not.
“You have passed a polygraph and submitted the results to this committee. Judge Kavanaugh has not,” Harris continued. “You have called for outside witnesses to testify and for expert witnesses to testify. Judge Kavanaugh has not. But most importantly, you have called for an independent FBI investigation into the facts. Judge Kavanaugh has not. And we owe you that. We owe the American people that. Let’s talk about why that is so important.”
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