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US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks on the second day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC

US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks on the second day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC

"I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process", Kavanaugh barked, his voice at a shout, addressing the Committee's Democrats in a fiery opening statement.

Senators emerged from Thursday's hearing bitterly split into those tribes, with Democrats persuaded by Blasey's calm and unflustered account of being shoved onto a bed, pawed, almost stripped and prevented from screaming for help, while Republicans were moved by Kavanaugh, who bristled with red-faced outrage and grievance at what he called an orchestrated campaign to destroy his life.

Mr Kavanaugh's ascendance to the high court could help lock in a conservative majority for a generation, shaping dozens of rulings on abortion, regulation, the environment and more. Many others were deeply moved by Ford's testimony.

Kavanaugh denied having a "sexual or physical encounter of any kind" with Ford.

It denies the accusers witnesses who could speak publicly in their behalf, even appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday when Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford are scheduled to testify. "And I'm not taking a position on Judge Kavanaugh himself, but we owe it to Americans to make sure that they get it right".

Ford began her testimony by describing the anxiety accompanying her appearance before the committee. Rachel Mitchell, a veteran sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona who asked all questions for the committee's all-male GOP senators, seemed to elicit no significant inconsistencies in her testimony.

Both Kavanaugh and Ford testified under sworn oath.

"I am here today not because I want to be - I am terrified". So, it's not at all surprising that Twitter had an absolute field day with Kavanaugh's testimony, ridiculing him within an inch of his angry, shouty life.

According to Ford, she was forced by Kavanaugh during a teenage drinking party into a room, where he attempted to take off her clothes.

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The method Republicans have used to defend Kavanaugh has consisted of suppressing most of the evidence that could be brought to bear in the hearing, and then complaining about the lack of evidence.

Graham ended his fiery remarks by calling on his fellow Republicans not to vote against Kavanaugh over the allegations.

At that point, she said she ran out of the house and went home, but still does not remember how she got back from the party.

Passed on: Christine Blasey Ford said she allowed Anna Eshoo's office to forward the letter and a request for confidentiality to Sen.

White House officials believe Kavanaugh's passionate denials of Ford's claims, including the judge's tearful description of the impact the accusations had on his family, met the challenge.

"Indelible in the hippocampus (the part of the brain that is the center of emotion and memory) is the laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two, and they are having fun at my expense". Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy asked.

Ford told the Senate on Thursday that she still does not know who leaked the letter, indicating that she did not give approval for Feinstein or Eshoo to release it. After being repeatedly asked about the circumstances of the polygraph test - when she took it, where she took it, who had recommended the tester - Ford's lawyers interjected to say that they had paid for the test, "as is routine".

Ford has said Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge was also in the room when she was assaulted. At least some of these members have received calls from former president George W. Bush in recent days, aides say.

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