Watch The Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford Senate Hearing Live

Kavanaugh will testify later, after her session is over.

"I'm innocent. I'm innocent of this charge", Kavanaugh said. It's ridiculous. Total twilight zone. AP Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace explains.

"I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school", Blasey Ford will say.

That left senators to decide whether the long day tipped their confirmation votes for or against Trump's nominee in a deeply partisan fight with the future of the high court and possibly control of Congress in the balance. "This is a search for the truth. and my client is telling the truth".

The stakes for both political parties - and the country - are high.

The outcome of this hearing is likely to determine whether Kavanaugh's promotion to the highest court in America is successful.

Mr Trump said he was sceptical because he personally had been the target of "false statements" in the past made by various women.

Merkley, who is considering a 2020 presidential bid, said that the intention was to prevent the Senate from taking up Kavanaugh's confirmation until his "full record" is available and disclosed.

The optics of men challenging a woman who says she's been a victim of sexual assault are so bad that the committee has asked a female prosecutor from Arizona to help with the questioning.

The first claim was reportedly made in an anonymous letter sent to Sen.

In fact, more than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.

Trump performs his best material, but fails on Kavanaugh
According to Ford, she was friends with one of Kavanaugh's classmates, which resulted in them being at numerous parties together. The Senate Judiciary Committee is questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after an anonymous letter was sent to Sen.

He's said to be seething about the slow Republican-set pace of the Kavanaugh proceedings and suggested at the United Nations that he might have preferred to hold votes on the confirmation even without hearing from Ford.

Senate Republicans are huddling to discuss the next steps on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. All three concluded that Ford's responses were "not indicative of deception", with one scale registering a 0.002% probability that she was lying, and another giving it less than a.02% chance.

But at least a hint of doubt has crept in.

Mr Trump slammed his Democratic opponents over the handling of the Kavanaugh nomination, accusing them of being "con artists" and destroying the 53-year-old judge's reputation. John Thune, the third-ranking Republican, paused briefly before saying "no". "Give him a polygraph", one Twitter user wrote. Expressing certainty that Kavanaugh was her attacker, the California psychology professor explained how the brain remembers traumatic events. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., alleging that at a party in the 1980s when she was 15, Kavanaugh, 17 at the time, and a friend drunkenly cornered her in a bedroom and allegedly pinned her down, groped her, and attempted to pull off her clothes. "I was preparing mine".

Kavanaugh is being challenged on multiple fronts by his accusers, former classmates and college friends. They say the good-guy image he projects in public bears little relation to the hard-partying behavior they witnessed when he was young. He said he never had a "sexual or physical encounter of any kind" with her.

Mitchell's questions steered clear of the details of the alleged assault and focused at times on whether Ford was coordinating with Kavanaugh opponents.

Nothing on the calendar appears to refer to her. "I don't know where they found these people". He has denied all the accusations.

"They should all be heard in a timely fashion and this notion that we are going to rush through simply Dr. Ford and then immediately have the committee move to a vote that is not a fair process", Warner said.

Blasey Ford said she was finally able to escape and rushed out of the house with an "enormous sense of relief" that the teens did not follow her. Asked how he'll do that, he replied: "That's like asking me to explain the holy spirit".

But the committee's Republican chairman, Sen.

"No it's - all we have is what I read", the investigator said.

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