Chris Wallace on Christine Blasey Ford Testimony: 'This Is a Disaster for Republicans'
Dems landing 'haymakers,' 'Fox News Sunday' host says.
Chris Wallace said Christine Blasey Ford's statement and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee has been a "disaster" for Republicans.
Ford has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, of forcing himself on her when they were both Maryland high school students in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has emphatically denied the allegation, but Ford's sexual misconduct claim and several others have placed his confirmation in doubt.
Ford delivered prepared remarks detailing the alleged sexual assault, and then answered questions from Democrats on the committee and sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who was chosen to lead questioning for Republicans during the hearing.
After the hearing took a short break, Wallace said Ford was extremely emotional, raw and credible in her testimony and the first round of questioning.
"Nobody could listen to her deliver those words and talk about the assault and the impact it had had on her life and not have your heart go out to her," Wallace said. "She obviously was traumatized by an event."
Senate Democrats asked Ford questions after testimony, but Senate Republicans allowed their time to be used for questions from Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell.
Wallace said Mitchell was treating the hearing like a court deposition, getting Ford on the record and asking her about details, as opposed to pressing her or calling into question any of her claims.
"This is a disaster for the Republicans," Wallace said, noting that Democrats were landing "haymakers" with their follow-up questions to Ford.
"The Democrats are making their points and building her credibility, and Rachel Mitchell has, so far, not landed a glove on this witness."
Brit Hume said many Republicans and Kavanaugh supporters may not be pleased with Mitchell, but if it was a typical Senate committee hearing -- with Republican lawmakers using their allotted time for questioning -- it would be even more "disjointed."
"And then you would have had the specter of 'old white guys' in hostile questioning of this very sympathetic witness," Hume said.
After the conclusion of Ford's testimony, Wallace said the questioning by Mitchell was "gentle" and somewhat "pointless" in the end.
"She never shook [Ford's] basic arguments," he said.
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