Christine Blasey Ford Tells the Senate Judiciary Committee How Traumatic Memories Get "Locked" Into the Brain

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Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had a question for Christine Blasey Ford: She had very vividly described the attack, but how sure could she have been that "it was Brett Kavanaugh that covered your mouth to prevent you from screaming. How are you so sure that it was he?"" Asked how she can be certain it was Judge Kavanaugh, Dr. Ford explains that it is "just basic memory functions, and also, just the level of norepinephrine and the epinephrine in the brain that … encodes that neurotransmitter, encodes memories into the hippocampus." Just basic memory functions and also just the level of norepinephrine and the epinephrine in the brain that as you know encodes that neurotransmitter that codes memories into the hypocampus and so the trauma-related experience is locked there, whereas other details kind of drift. While Ford may have been generous in assuming the judiciary panel knows how this works, Feinstein followed up: "So what you are telling us, this could not be a case of mistaken identity?" When Patrick Leahy, another Senate Democrat, asked about the "strongest memory of the incident," Ford said that, "indelible into the hippocampus is the laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two and having fun at my expense."


Grassley views FBI Kavanaugh file, says it doesn't corroborate Ford claims

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Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley needs to figure out how to investigate new allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, says Gregg Nunziata. Fresh from viewing the much-anticipated FBI supplemental report on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley declared nothing in the document changed his mind and that it was time for the Senate to vote on the jurist's high-court confirmation. "I've now received a committee staff briefing on the FBI's supplement to Judge Kavanaugh's background investigation file," the Iowa GOP lawmaker said Thursday. "There's nothing in it that we didn't already know. These uncorroborated accusations have been unequivocally and repeatedly rejected by Judge Kavanaugh, and neither the Judiciary Committee nor the FBI could locate any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations.


Kavanaugh and Ford to testify in Senate hearing: Key players to watch

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Christine Blasey Ford has publicly accused Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago. A look at what she is saying and how top lawmakers are responding. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of sexual assault are set to face lawmakers on Capitol Hill Thursday. The hearing comes after much back-and-forth between the Senate Judiciary Committee majority and attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, who made the allegation against Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has continued to deny he ever sexually assaulted anyone and has said he hopes to use the hearing to defend his reputation.


Grassley says he 'is not going to silence' Ford, vows key Kavanaugh hearing will proceed before possible vote

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford are scheduled to testify under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday; chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel reports from Capitol Hill. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Tuesday rejected the requests from Democrats to delay a key hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the federal judge of sexual assault during a party when they were in high school, are due to testify before the committee on Thursday. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's allegations. In a letter to ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Grassley wrote: "I am not going to silence Dr. Ford after I promised and assured her that I would provide her a safe, comfortable, and dignified opportunity to testify ...


Kavanaugh and Ford to testify in Senate hearing: Key players to watch

FOX News

Christine Blasey Ford has publicly accused Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago. A look at what she is saying and how top lawmakers are responding. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of sexual assault are set to face lawmakers on Capitol Hill Thursday. The hearing comes after much back-and-forth between the Senate Judiciary Committee majority and attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, who made the allegation against Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has continued to deny he ever sexually assaulted anyone and has said he hopes to use the hearing to defend his reputation.