The Senate Judiciary Committee will follow through with a planned vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Friday morning, several senators said Thursday after a long day of emotional testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexual assault.
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Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she initially sent the letter to Eshoo on July 6, a few days before Kavanaugh's nomination. She said she was "100 percent" positive that Kavanaugh was the person who sexually assaulted her 36 years ago and displayed her credentials as a psychology professor when describing her trauma.
"I believed he was going to rape me", Ford said, testifying that with Kavanaugh's hand over her mouth during the alleged attack, "it was hard for me to breathe and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me". She has said that she believes it is important to listen to both Ford and Kavanaugh before making up her mind about whether to confirm Kavanaugh. "Just basic memory functions".
Kavanaugh, 53, has strenuously denied assaulting anyone and insists he is the victim of a "smear campaign".
Before the witness could speak a word, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, and its ranking member, California Democratic Sen.
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. "That's all I can tell you", he said.
"We are now in a place where it's not about whether or not Judge Kavanaugh is qualified".
Feinstein asked Kavanaugh if he wanted to say more about Swetnick's allegations. In particular, many pointed to the fact that Kavanaugh said she had a fear of flying due to her claustrophobia and anxiety, but admitted to Mitchell that she had travelled to Washington D.C. for the hearing by plane and had also been on a plane numerous times before to go on vacation. There are 51 Republicans, 47 Democrats and 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats.
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The third came from Washington , D.C. resident Julie Swetnick , who is being represented by high-profile lawyer Michael Avenatti. She did not identify the individuals directly involved in those assaults. "These are false accusations in certain cases".
But after consulting with lawyers, who advised against pressing charges because they said she would not be believed and her life would be ruined, no charges were filed against the abuser.
"I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr Ford".
Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a longtime committee member, said he thinks Kavanaugh will get confirmed by a party-line vote.
Ms Ford will testify first at the hearing, which starts at 10am (3pm United Kingdom time) and at her request is being held in a small hearing room that seats only a few dozen spectators.
Ford also said in her opening statement that she did not have political motivations.
"You're right to be angry", said Sen.
Her strongest memory of the alleged incident, Ford said, was the two boys' laughter. Manchin was among a handful of Democrats from red and purple states that Kavanaugh supporters were targeting as possible votes.
In July, Baker, Hogan and Scott were the lone Republican governors to not sign a letter to Senate leaders offering support for Kavanaugh's nomination.