Christine Blasey Ford steps into spotlight to detail assault allegations

Tom Williams  Pool Image via AP

Tom Williams Pool Image via AP

"Indelible into the hippocampus is the laughter - the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense", Ford said.

She alleges that in 1982, whilst they were both in high school Kavanaugh pushed her down, placed his hand over her mouth and attempted to remove her clothing.

Corker says Kavanaugh conducted himself "as well as anyone could expect". "But I have never done that to her or to anyone", he will say on Thursday as per the prepared testimony.

Julie Swetnick said in a statement released by her lawyer that the events took place at parties she attended while a high school student in suburban Maryland. The American Bar Association sent a letter to committee chairman Chuck Grassley Thursday night arguing that the vote should be halted until the FBI can complete its investigation.

Ford broke her silence after 36 years, telling senators she originally wished to remain anonymous but once her story became public, she believed it was her "civic duty" to come forward. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) ― walked out of the committee after members moved to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination Friday afternoon.

The Democratic senators will have free reign to ask questions. Yesterday, we heard compelling testimony from Dr. Ford, as well as a persuasive response from Judge Kavanaugh.

America, the nation's only weekly Catholic news magazine, has published an editorial pulling its endorsement for Brett Kavanaugh following Thursday's hearings. Hirono also said Kavanaugh had been "credibly accused" but then lashed out at Republicans for "prejudging" Ford in advance of hearing her testimony.

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While Republican senators depicted her testimony as part of a partisan attack orchestrated by Democrats, they - and Kavanaugh - were careful not to attack Ford personally.

After recounting what she remembered of the alleged assault, Sen. "There is no question that Judge Kavanaugh is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and in a different political environment, he would be confirmed overwhelmingly".

The Friday vote will be followed by a procedural vote by the full Senate on Saturday and a final confirmation vote early next week.

Graham supported Republicans' ultimately successful efforts to block action on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Manchin was among a handful of Democrats from red and purple states that Kavanaugh supporters were targeting as possible votes.

He also took issue with the notion of waiting for an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.

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