Fiery Kavanaugh denies quiet accuser Ford in Senate showdown

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Fiery Kavanaugh denies quiet accuser Ford in Senate showdown

The group issued the statement after Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while the two were in high school, had finished her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Everyone knew what Christine Blasey Ford was going to say before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday morning.

The testimony - made under oath at a high-stakes hearing - is damning for Kavanaugh, whose nomination is facing intense scrutiny, as two other women also have come out identifying themselves as victims of sexual misconduct by the federal judge.

Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party more than three decades ago, took the polygraph test on August 7 in a conference room at a hotel near Baltimore/Washington International airport. "Just basic memory functions".

Ford said she remembered the boys laughing - a noise, she said on Thursday, that has been seared into her memory for 36 years.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations, and other sexual assault accusations from two other women.

Before the witness could speak a word, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, and its ranking member, California Democratic Sen.

A GoFundMe page to support Ford and pay for her security and legal expenses quickly doubled its fundraising total after it was mentioned during the hearing.

She described in detail how an inebriated Kavanaugh and another teen, Mark Judge, locked her in a room at a house party as Kavanaugh was grinding and groping her.

Kavanaugh also allegedly put his hand over Ford's mouth so she could not scream.

"You may defeat me in the final vote, but you'll never get me to quit, never", Kavanaugh said.

Moments later, turning his attention to his own party, he continued: "To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you're legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics". Asked if there were enough votes to confirm Kavanaugh, he said, "Depends on what happens tomorrow".

It has become less clear that Republican leaders will be able to hold Republican senators behind President Donald Trump's nominee.

The heated exchange during a recess in the a high-stakes hearing where Ford vividly and repeatedly testified to her experience, addressing questions from Mitchell and Senate Democrats.

Both Republicans and Democrats have admitted the confirmation process has been unfair to both Kavanaugh and Ford, whose personal lives have been cast in the spotlight.

"I want to watch, I want to see, "Mr Trump said at a news conference in NY on Wednesday, adding that he was "open to changing my mind".

Every five minutes, however, Democrats threw Dr Ford a lifeline - and by the end of the first half of the hearing, Republicans were largely left decrying the process and not questioning the sincerity of Dr Ford's testimony.

'In a letter on August 31, 2018, Senator Feinstein wrote that she would not share the letter without my consent, ' said Ford.

Collins, another Republican supporter of abortion rights, is considered the other Republican swing voter in the Senate.

Ford began her testimony by describing the anxiety accompanying her appearance before the committee.

"I will have to listen to the testimony before I make up my mind about the testimony", he said.

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