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Mitchell spent most of her time trying to clarify details of Ford's story, covering the night of the alleged assault and the professor's decision to come forward by confidentially telling her congressional representative and the Washington Post.

After the hearing, Judge issued a statement via his attorney, once again denying any recollection of the incident described by Ford.

On a Washington day like no other, President Donald Trump found himself in an unusual spot: publicly absent from a melodrama gripping the nation.

Ford went public with her allegations against Kavanaugh on September 16, after Sen. And now, a powerful ally is joining them in that call - an ally which previously supported Kavanaugh.

"I believed he was going to rape me", she said in her opening statement.

Democratic senators sought to score political points during their five minutes apiece of questioning Ford. They're also afraid that maybe somehow they contributed to something and somehow it was their fault. "I have never done this to her or to anyone", he said. "But I think, overall things have been conducted fairly thus far", UH law student Kristen Anderson said.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., listens as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Late Thursday, the magazine of the Jesuit religious order in the United States withdrew its endorsement of Kavanaugh, saying the nomination was no longer in the interests of the country and "should be withdrawn". Kavanaugh is testifying later Thursday.

Her stunning claims are made on the eve of scheduled testimony before a Senate Committee by Kavanaugh and his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

And along with some White House officials, he recognized the mistake in hiring a sex crimes prosecutor to question Ford in place of Republican senators.

But the laughter, and the identity of her attacker, Ford said, remained crystal clear.

Ford said that though they went to different high schools, she had been friendly with a classmate of Kavanaugh's and attended a number of parties that the future judge also attended. "I wish that I could express the confidence that some of my colleagues have conveyed about what either did or did not happen in the early 1980s, but I left the hearing yesterday with as much doubt as certainty".

Republicans are trying to get Kavanaugh, 53, confirmed as early as next week.

Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Ford are the only witnesses invited to give evidence before the panel. "Oftentimes his privilege to be nominated to the Supreme Court is elevated above women's right to be free from sexual assault".

President Donald Trump, who is in NY attending the annual UN General Assembly session, came out in support of his Supreme Court nominee and slammed Avenatti.

He offered a command to Senate Republican leaders: "The Senate must vote!" He suggested a rejection of Kavanaugh's nomination based on these allegations would set a bad precedent as well.


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