Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a clinical psychology professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982, testify today before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is responsible for holding Supreme Court nomination hearings and referring the nomination to the Senate for consideration. Committee chairman Republican Chuck Grassley and the committee’s top-ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, will start the proceedings with opening statements.
Here’s how to watch:
See the livestream of Kavanaugh’s Senate hearing here:
Watch the hearing on TV
All the major network and cable news channels, including CNN, NBC, Fox, and C-SPAN, are also broadcasting the hearing live.
When time does the hearing start?
The hearing started at 10am US eastern time in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.
What will happen at the hearing?
Ford will likely deliver her testimony first (full statement here) with Kavanaugh outside the room, and then be questioned by the senators. After she leaves the room, it will be Kavanaugh’s turn to give his testimony (full statement) and be questioned.
Each of the 21 committee senators—10 Democrats and 11 Republicans—will have five minutes to question Kavanaugh and Ford. The Republicans, all men, have called in Rachel Mitchell (paywall), an outside prosecutor with experience in handling sex crimes, to do their questioning.
Two weeks after Ford’s allegations became public—during which time two other women have stepped forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct—American interest in the hearing is high. According to a recent poll by NPR, PBS Newshour, and Marist, 58% of surveyed adults (pdf) say they will be following the proceedings closely or very closely.