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Ford, Kavanaugh testimony draws partisan divide

Maryland U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

Maryland's lawmakers are reacting to the Senate committee hearing testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

Senator Ben Cardin tweeted, asking GOP colleagues to delay a vote on Kavanaugh saying, "Dr. Ford's testimony was both compelling and credible.  No reasonable person could think otherwise."  Representative John Sarbanes said he believed Dr. Ford and thanked her for her courageous testimony, while Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer said we owe it to Ford, and those "who have been subjected to such pain and trauma" to fully investigate all the allegations.   Ford said she is 100 percent certain that Kavanaugh assaulted her in a house in Maryland in the 1980s.  She and Kavanaugh were in high school at the time. 

A Senate committee is planning to vote Friday on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.  The move follows Thursday's closely-watched Senate hearing. During a long and grueling Senate hearing yesterday, an angry and emotional Kavanaugh said his family and good name have been "totally destroyed" by a number of unfounded allegations over the past couple of weeks.  He singled out Democrats for criticism and said the Senate's role of advise-and-consent has become "search and destroy."

Kavanaugh got strong support from Republicans on the Judiciary Committee.  South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham called Kavanaugh's treatment the most despicable thing he has ever seen in politics.  He also called it a charade and an "unethical sham."  Texas Republican Ted Cruz labeled it one of the saddest chapters in the history of the Senate.  He said Kavanaugh's good name has been dragged through the mud.