The Brett Kavanaugh hearing is scheduled for Thursday, September 27 — and the public will get to watch the SCOTUS nominee and his accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Ford, a Palo Alto University pyschology professor, alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party back in 1982. He allegedly “pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes.”
Both will face five minutes of questioning from each Committee member, or, as CNN reports, a lawyer if senators so choose — which is what the 11 Republican members have planned.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) hired Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, a specialist in sex crimes, to help administer questioning.
On behalf of Judic Cmte Rs a staff counsel w expertise prosecuting sex crimes will question Dr. Ford &Judge Kavanaugh. Why? to DE-POLITICIZE the hrg What we dont want is repeat of Dem grandstanding at Kavanaugh hrg This hrg deserves a serious approach, I hope my colleagues agree
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 26, 2018
Ford will testify first, and a slew of evidence — such as Kavanaugh’s old calendar from the time of the alleged assault — has been submitted to Senate Investigators.
The college professor is not alone in her accounts.
Two other women, Debroah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Swetnick is represented by Michael Avenatti, attorney for Stormy Daniels in her case against President Trump.
Avenatti revealed his client’s identity and released a sworn affidavit, sent to the Judiciary Committee, on Wednesday. Sen. Grassley announced that Swetnick’s allegations were being investigated, but the Brett Kavanaugh hearing would proceed.
“Tomorrow is very important,” he told reporters.
Democratic members of the Committee called for immediate withdrawal of Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.
“Judge Kavanaugh is being considered for a promotion,” reads a statement signed by all 10 Committee Democrats. “He is asking for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court where he will have the opportunity to rule on matters that will impact Americans for decades. The standard of character and fitness for a position on the nation’s highest court must be higher than this.”
BREAKING: @JudiciaryDems are requesting President Trump immediately withdraw the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh or direct the FBI to thoroughly investigate the multiple allegations of sexual assault. pic.twitter.com/iGF9MbdvCD
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) September 26, 2018
Trump told reporters Wednesday evening that Kavanaugh is one of the “highest quality people” he’s ever met, adding of the three who alleged sexual misconduct: “What they’ve done to this man is incredible.” However, he implied that he might be swayed in his opinion.
Here are all the ways to watch the Brett Kavanaugh hearing.
How to watch the Brett Kavanaugh hearing
The Brett Kavanaugh hearing will begin Thursday, September 27, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Sen. Grassley and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Committee’s ranking Democrat, will give opening statements.
You can watch the testimony on television via major news networks like C-SPAN, CBS News, FOX, NBC, MSNBC, CNN and PBS. Broadcasts will begin right at 10:00 a.m., with pre-hearing coverage on select stations (check your local listings).
You can also reportedly tune into Vice News.
It appears that the Senate Judiciary Committee is live streaming the Brett Kavanaugh hearing on their website.
You can also access live streams on the NBC News and CNN apps. Outlets like WSB-TV and PBS are slated to provide live coverage on Facebook. (Note: Many major networks will most likely take to social media with broadcasts.)
Ultimately, you have a wide range of options from social media and streaming coverage to live TV. Don’t forget: 10:00 a.m. ET sharp.