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The magazine of the Jesuit religious order in the United States has publicly withdrawn its endorsement of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice following testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee by the Jesuit-educated Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexually assaulting her decades ago.

Flake says Ford's account "was compelling, but she's lacking corroboration from those who were there".

The editors of America said Christine Blasey Ford's testimony "clearly demonstrated both the seriousness of her allegation of assault by Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and the stakes of this question for the whole country". Bob Corker of Tennessee, expressed they were ready to approve of Kavanaugh's nomination.

Christine Blasey Ford began her testimony in front of a Senate committee by saying she was "terrified", and at times she looked it.

"Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me!" she added.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley defended Kavanaugh and blamed Democrats for not disclosing the accusations earlier. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct and angrily defended himself at his portion of Thursday's hearing.

The Republican Party posted online videos of women supporting Kavanaugh throughout Ford's testimony. While some may argue that a different standard should apply regarding the Senate's advice and consent responsibilities, I believe that the constitution's provisions of fairness and due process apply here as well. The hearing was a rollercoaster of emotion, with Democrats taking every opportunity to praise Ford's courage in coming forward, while Mitchell delivered the tougher questioning, challenging her on a number of issues, including the circumstances surrounding her polygraph test and her fear of flying.

Kavanaugh, a conservative-leaning judge whose entry into the lifetime appointment would help shift the Supreme Court to the right for years to come, came out fighting.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is expected to pass a key Senate committee vote Friday after undecided Arizona Republican Sen.

Still, even many Republicans who believed Ford was honestly recounting what happened to her took the view that it was a case of mistaken identity, believing Kavanaugh's emotional testimony that was not there and did not attack her.

Another Republican facing re-election this November, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, called Ford's allegations serious and said they should be fully investigated.

Graham supported Republicans' ultimately successful efforts to block action on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. Republicans see her as a Democratic swing vote and have been pushing for her to confirm Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh on Wednesday once again rejected the allegations as "last minute smears" that were "false and uncorroborated". She took turns with the Democratic senators to ask questions in five-minute segments, disrupting her flow.