In it, but not of it. TPM DC

There are a few trends that have emerged in the rounds of questioning by Democrats, during the hearing for Christine Blasey Ford, who’s accused Brett Kavanaugh of groping her when they were both teenagers.

Throughout the hearing, Democrats asked Blasey Ford questions that gave her the opportunity to assert that she clearly remembers the assault and her attacker, as well as the time to explain how the incident impacted her and why she eventually came forward about the alleged assault.

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The format Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has put forward for Christine Blasey Ford to testify about her allegations that Brett Kavanaugh groped her has created a jarring contrast between the Democrats’ and Republicans’ approach to the hearing — even more jarring than the typical hearing in which one side is fawning over the witness and the other is grilling him or her.

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After a few words of sympathy for Christine Blasey Ford, Rachel Mitchell, the outside conusel brought in by Senate Republicans to question Blasey Ford about her sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, began her questioning in earnest by asking Blasey Ford to review the previous statements she made about the assault, including a letter she wrote to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) about it.

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Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, spoke quietly, her voice at times wavering, as she began her testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified,” Blasey Ford said. “I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanuagh and I were in high school.”

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