What to Know About Today’s Hearing With Kavanaugh and Ford

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the university professor who has accused him of a past sexual assault, are expected to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations.

Here is what you need to know about the hearing, where you can watch it and what you can expect.

When is the hearing?

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. ET in the Dirksen Senate Office Building room 226, That smaller venue was selected by Judiciary Committee officials to avoid the “circus atmosphere” from the first four days of Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, which were held in a larger room in the Hart Senate Office Building.

Where can I watch?

USA TODAY will carry a livestream of the event, as will most major media outlets. CNN, Fox News, C-Span and PBS will broadcast live coverage of the hearing. In addition, the hearing will be live on NPR and C-Span Radio. You will also be able to watch the live hearing for free on Facebook and YouTube.

Who will testify?

Despite repeated requests from Ford’s legal team for the ability to call other witnesses, the Judiciary Committee under Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley has insisted only Kavanaugh and Ford will testify.

What are they expected to say?

In Kavanaugh’s opening statement, which was released Wednesday, he decries a “frenzy to come up with something – anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious – that will block a vote on my nomination.” He calls the allegations against him “last-minute smears” and vows he will “not be intimated into withdrawing.” Ford’s statement has not been made public, but she has alleged that Kavanaugh locked her in a room, held her down and tried to remove her clothes at a party when they were both in high school.

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Source: USA Today