Kavanaugh Accuser on ‘Strongest Memory’ of Alleged Attack: ‘Indelible in the Hippocampus Is the Laughter’

By Melanie Arter | September 27, 2018 | 2:05pm EDT
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) – During questioning at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was asked what her strongest memory is of the alleged attack, to which she began by using clinical terms about memory, saying, “Indelible in the hippocampus” was the “uproarious” laughter she heard between Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge “having fun” at her expense.

“What is the strongest memory you have, strongest memory of the incident, something that you cannot forget?” Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) asked.

“Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two and their having fun at my expense,” Ford said.

“You never forgotten that laughter. You never forgotten them laughing at you,” Leahy said.

“They were laughing with each other,” Ford said.


Earlier in the hearing Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked Ford how sure she was that Kavanaugh was the one that covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming.

“I want to ask you one question about the attack itself. You were very clear about the attack, being pushed into the room. You said you don’t know quite by whom but that it was Brett Kavanaugh that covered your mouth to prevent you from screaming and then you escaped. How are you so sure that it was he?” Feinstein asked.

Ford again used clinical terms to describe her memory.

“The same way that I’m sure that I’m talking to you right now is just basic memory functions and also just the level of norepinephrine and epinephrine in the brain that sort of as you know encodes, that neurotransmitter encodes memories into the hippocampus, and so the trauma-related experience then is kind of locked there where as other details kind of drift,” Ford responded.

“So what you are telling us is this could not be a case of mistaken identity,” Feinstein asked.

“Absolutely not,” Ford said.

Under questioning from Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ford said she told her counselor about the alleged incident and that her husband recalls her using Kavanaugh’s name.

“Under federal law, and I don’t expect you to know this, but statements made to medical professionals are considered to be more reliable. There’s a federal rule of evidence about this. You told your counselor about this back in 2012, is that right?” Klobuchar asked.

“My therapist? My individual therapist? Correct,” Ford said.

“And I understand that your husband was also present when you spoke about this incident in front of a counselor, and he recalls you using Judge Kavanaugh’s name. Is that right?” Klobuchar asked.

“Yes, I just have to slow down a minute, because that might have been confusing. There were two separate incidents where it’s reflected in my medical record. I talked about it more than those two times, but therapists don’t typically write down content as much as they write down process. They usually are tracking your symptoms and not your story and the facts,” Ford replied.

“I just happen to have it in my record twice. So the first time is 2012 with my husband in couples’ therapy with the quibbling over the remodel, and then in 2013 with my individual therapist,” she added.

“So if someone had actually done an investigation, your husband would have been able to say you named his name at that time?” Klobuchar asked.

“Correct,” Ford responded.

Klobuchar also asked what things Ford couldn’t forget about the night of the alleged attack.

“From my experience with memory, I remember distinctly things that happened to me in high school or happened to me in college, but I don’t exactly remember the date. I don’t exactly remember the time. I sometimes may not even remember the exact place where it occurred, but I remember the interaction,” Klobuchar said.

“And many people are focused today on what you’re not able to remember about that night. I actually think you remember a lot. I’m going to phrase it a little differently. Can you tell us what you don’t forget about that night?” the senator added.

“The stairwell, the living room, the bedroom, the bed on the right side of the room. As you walk into the room, there’s a bed to the right. The bathroom in close proximity, the laughter, the uproarious laughter, and the multiple attempts to escape, and the final ability to do so,” Ford replied.

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