Handwritten note on Kavanaugh, Ford hearing room table: 'Good luck, Dr. Ford'

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There were two basic alternatives available to him here: He could present as reflective and thoughtful, demonstrating that even under enormous professional strain and personal humiliation, he nonetheless understands both the seriousness of the accusations against him and the importance of getting the confirmation process right.

Trump reportedly phoned Kavanaugh ahead of Thursday's hearing and urged him to push back forcefully, and many observers interpreted Kavanaugh's aggressive testimony as intended for the president.

Attorney Avenatti tweeted a sworn testimony from the third accuser Swetnick. The Senate must vote!

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham angrily blasted the Democrats' handling of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process as "the most unethical sham since I've been in politics".

As for an investigation, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. If approved, it would go to the full Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 51-49 edge.

Kavanaugh added he has "never sexually assaulted anyone -not in high school, not in college, not ever". "I'm innocent." When Amy Klobuchar asked if he had ever blacked out while drinking, he grinned, taunting her. She said the two of them did not take "no" for an answer, her declaration states.

"I think that the staff of Dianne Feinstein's office" suggested some people, including one of the lawyers she hired, Debra Katz, Ford said.

Ford testimony 'credible,' a 'disaster for Republicans'
Christine Blasey Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. She said that Kavanaugh's declaration of "innocence" and lack of sexual inactivity in high school on Fox News is a lie.

"I said that because I believe professor Ford", Baker said.

Ford said she was "willing" but also hoping that the committee or a representative "would come to me, but then I realized that was an unrealistic request".

She began by expressing sympathy for Ms Ford, who had said she was "terrified" to give evidence, saying: "I just wanted to let you know, I'm very sorry".

Ford said that the "last couple of weeks have been the hardest of my life" as she has had to relive her trauma, seen her "life picked apart" and been "accused of acting out of partisan political motives".

The second accuser, Ramirez, a classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale University, told the New Yorker magazine that he exposed himself to her at a party when they were both first-year students.

Women who come forward with sexual misconduct allegations are often portrayed as "crazy, vindictive, promiscuous or prudes", reactions that explain why many don't come forward sooner, Hill said. "This is a circus".

Kavanaugh, a conservative-leaning judge whose entry into the lifetime appointment would help shift the Supreme Court to the right for years to come, came out fighting.

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The emotionally charged proceedings on Thursday saw both Kavanaugh and Ford bring their cases before the Senate judiciary committee, leaving it in the hands of lawmakers to assess the credibility of their accounts and their characters and, ultimately, Kavanaugh's suitability for America's highest bench.

"I believed he was going to rape me", Ford told Senators on Thursday.

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California has also called for Kavanaugh to be investigated.

Republicans are pushing to seat Mr Kavanaugh before the November midterms, when Senate control could fall to the Democrats and a replacement Trump nominee could have even greater difficulty.

Mitchell led Ford through a detailed recollection of the events she says occurred on the day of the alleged incident.

"So many women around the country were watching it together in rooms and texting one another about what they were seeing, identifying with her", said Donegan said.

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