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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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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Christine Blasey Ford repeatedly applied her experience as a research psychologist and professor Thursday when asked about her own personal experience of being allegedly sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Responding to a question from Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Ford said, “I think the younger you are when these things happen, it could possibly have worse impacts than when your brain is fully developed and you have better coping skills that you’ve developed.”

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Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday described the effects Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault had on her: “I think that the sequelae of sexual assault varies by person,” she said. “For me, personally, anxiety, phobia, and ptsd-like symptoms are the types of things that I have been coping with. More specifically, Claustrophobia, panic, and that type of thing.”

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As Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) began to introduce Christine Blasey Ford, committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) interjected to say that he hadn’t forgotten to do so.

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who’s accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school, are scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Watch below via NBC News: