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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Your Kavanaugh-Ford hearing questions answered

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Senate hears Brett Kavanaugh's accuser

Christine Blasey Ford arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP)

When Christine Blasey Ford stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee and took an oath to truthfully tell her story about President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, she became part of an extraordinary hearing.

Over the course of four hours, Ford answered questions about an assault she says took place in a bedroom some 36 years ago. After she was done, Kavanaugh refuted the charges through aggressive back-and-forths with Democratic senators, and frequently choked up.

The hearings raised many questions, but not all of them have clear answers. Read our report that looks at the following questions:

  • What were the key takeaways of the testimony of both Ford and Kavanaugh?
  • Why was a prosecutor asking questions instead of Republican senators?
  • Who is Mark Judge? Why wasn't he there?
  • Did two other women who accused Kavanaugh of misconduct refuse to testify?

The hearings also brought back memories of when law professor Anita Hill accused nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Thomas was ultimately confirmed as an associate justice in 1991. Comparisons of the cases have been made on television and social media. Before the hearing started, we examined some of the similarities and differences between the high-profile hearings, including the hearings, the investigative process and public opinion. Read our complete report. 

We also have been debunking Internet rumors about the nomination; most of the messages we've seen have been attacks on Ford's credibility and motives. We looked at claims that she has a longstanding grudge against Kavanaugh over a foreclosure ruling and that she has monetary interest in protecting abortion rights. Both claims are wrong; read our complete report

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Donald Trump's press conference, fact-checked

In a press conference the night before the hearing, President Trump defended his nominee and his own presidential performance, answering questions about the court, Iran, North Korea, China, the U.S. economy and immigration. We fact-checked some of Trump's statements, many of which fell short of full accuracy. Read our full report.

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