The format for this hearing is not conducive to a strong cross-examination that Judge Kavanaugh should be afforded.
We do get the right to question our accusers and I am not sure this is the best way to do it.
The witness seemed to be fairly credible until…the GOP prosecutor asked her about her fear of flying.
She was claiming that she couldn’t fly and that the GOP did not offer to come out to see her.
Enter Chuck Grassley who corrected the record and said that indeed he had offered. She eventually admitted he did offer that to her.
How can she get that wrong? It just happened.
It went downhill from there as under questioning she said she is flying all over the world when it suits her.
Look, this is a credibility thing so while it seems insignificant it is important.
As reported by Fox News:
Ford is asked if she showed her therapist about the records with the other therapist where she described the alleged assault but did not name Kavanaugh.
Mitchell asked if other things contributed to her anxiety and PTSD.
Ford said that it was a “great question” and said it doesn’t mean other things that occurred in her life would make it better. Ford said she couldn’t rule it out but nothing environmentally.
Ford is asked about the Washington Post interview. She is asked if she used Kavanaugh’s name when she told her husband about the alleged assault. She said no.
She is asked how she got to Washington and she said by a flight. She is asked about her fear of flying and Ford said she requested the committee come to her but she knew it was an impossible request. She said a few friends helped her to get the “gumption” to fly to Washington, D.C.
She said also once a year, she usually flies to Delaware to see family.
Ford is asked if she’s been to Hawaii, Costa Rica and other places. She is asked if she went to the places by flight and she said yes.