Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) interrupted committee member Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) after Durbin asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to request of the White House that the FBI investigate the sexual assault allegations against him. Kavanaugh, when he had a chance to respond, did not voice support for the Bureau’s involvement.

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Thursday that in the time period between Christine Blasey Ford’s public allegation of sexual assault against him and the day of the hearing “my family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations.”

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Thursday that he felt “ambushed as the majority” after hearing Christine Blasey Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. He said he was “convinced” that Democrats were using Blasey Ford “to lay this past the midterms so they can win the Senate and never allow Trump to fill the seat.”

“Here’s what I’m more convinced of,” he added. “The friends on the other side [of the aisle, Democrats] set it up to be just the way it is.”

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Rachel Mitchell, the outside counsel asking questions on behalf of Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans on Thursday, appeared to criticize the format of the hearing in which she’d been asked to participate on Thursday, though her last line of questions to Christine Blasey Ford appeared to catch some people in the room off-guard. Watch below:

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) began her time questioning Christine Blasey Ford Thursday by noting: “You know you are not on trial.”

“You are not on trial,” Harris continued. “You are sitting here before member 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.”

A 76-year-old caller from Valley Park, Missouri told CSPAN on Thursday that seeing Christine Blasey Ford testify about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault had brought up memories of being a molested as a child in second grade. Listen to her call below:

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