(CNSNews.com) - Christine Blasey Ford, in a choked voice, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that her strongest, most "indelible" memory of the alleged attack in 1982 was the "uproarious laughter" of Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge at her expense, as she lay pinned on a bed, helpless, she said, to stop the alleged groping.
Yet just weeks later, she said she saw Mark Judge at a local grocery store and even said hello to him.
In her opening statement, Ford said both Kavanaugh and Judge “semed to be having a good time” in the locked bedroom. "Mark was urging Brett on," she wrote, "although at times he told Brett to stop. A couple of times I made eye contact with Mark and thought he might try to help me, but he did not."
Eventually, Ford said, Mark “jumped on the bed twice” toppling Brett off her, so she was able to escape to a bathroom and eventually flee the house. (
Later in her testimony, she was asked about a subsequent encounter with Mark Judge (who used to be a writer for CNSNews.com).
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) noted that in her letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Ford said she had not knowingly seen Kavanaugh since the attack, but she did say that she had seen Mark Judge once at the Potomac Village Safeway in Maryland.
"Would you describe what led you to see Mark Judge and what led you to believe he was uncomfortable?" Durbin asked her.
"Yes," Ford answered. "I was going to the Potomac Village Safeway -- this is the one on the corner of Little Falls and River Road, and with my mother. I was a teenager, so I wanted her to go in one door and me go in the other.
"So I chose the wrong door because the door I chose was the one where Mark Judge was -- it looked like he was working there, and arranging the shopping carts. And I said hello to him.
"And his face was white, and very uncomfortable in saying hello back. And we had previously been friendly at the times that we saw each other over the previous two years, albeit not very many times. We had always been friendly with one another. I wouldn't characterize him as not friendly, he was just nervous and not really wanting to speak with me. And he looked a little bit ill."
(For the record, Judge has written about his drunken/hungover high school years.)
Durbin asked Ford how long it was after the alleged attacked that she saw Mark at the Safeway.
"I would estimate six to eight weeks," she replied.
Later, under questioning from the outside attorney hired by Republicans, Ford was asked how she was able to narrow down the time frame of when the alleged assault occurred.
"I can't give the exact date, and I would like to be more helpful about the date, and if I knew when Mark Judge worked at the Potomac Village Safeway, I would be able to be more helpful in that way," Ford replied.
Ford and Committee Democrats have demanded an FBI investigation as well as testimony from Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, and Ford's comment -- that information from Mark Judge would allow her to be more helpful -- was seized on by several Democrats to berate Republicans and President Trump for not ordering an FBI probe.