Kavanaugh Grew “Frustrated” By Practice Questions Relating To Assault Accusation

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Brett Kavanaugh did not appreciate the personal nature of some of the mock questions asked during his practice hearing.

In preparation for the upcoming hearing on his alleged sexual assault of Christine Blasey Ford in high school, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has participated in mock sessions with White House staff, where he grew increasingly frustrated by questions regarding his drinking and sexual behavior from decades ago.

From The Washington Post:

> An array of White House aides, playing the role of various senators on the Judiciary Committee, quizzed Kavanaugh last week about his sex life and other personal matters in an attempt to prepare him for a hearing that would inevitably be uncomfortable.

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> In his answers during the practice runs, aides said, Kavanaugh condemned sexual assault and carefully avoided seeming to discredit Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor in Northern California who has accused the nominee of pinning her to a bed, groping her and putting his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams as he tried to take off her clothes at a drunken high school party in the early 1980s.

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> But Kavanaugh grew frustrated when it came to questions that dug into his private life, particularly his drinking habits and his sexual proclivities, according to three people familiar with the preparations, who requested anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. He declined to answer some questions altogether, saying they were too personal, these people said.

At one point, Kavanaugh refused to answer a question, one senior official told The Post, adding that the questions were intended to go over the line.

> The tense preparations underscore the monumental stakes of public testimony from Kavanaugh and Ford, who signaled on Saturday through her lawyers that she has accepted the Judiciary Committee’s request to speak about her allegation next week, though there is no final agreement and Republicans viewed the response as a delaying tactic.

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