Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh's nomination for Friday. CBSN will provide additional coverage with Vladimir Duthiers and Anne Marie Green starting at 9 a.m. ET and with Tanya Rivero following the end of the hearings and into the evening.
In a story published by The Washington Post on September 16, Ford said there were four boys at the party but only two - Kavanaugh and his friend Mike Judge - in the room at the time of the alleged assault. "People want fame, they want money, whatever".
Look for whether Democrats succeed in raising the two other women accusing Kavanaugh of misconduct.
Ford said that moments earlier, Kavanaugh had shoved her into the bedroom, jumped on her and began grinding on her leg while his pal Mark Judge cheered him on. Dianne Feinstein of California, asked Ford how she could be sure that Kavanaugh was the attacker, Ford said, "The same way I'm sure I'm talking to you right now". "I believe I was drugged using Quaaludes (a sedative) or something similar placed in what I was drinking", she said.
"I am innocent of this charge", Kavanaugh said, according to his written opening statement. But the bits most likely to inflame liberals and make conservative wince were all Kavanaugh-related.
On Thursday (NZT) Julie Swetnick said she saw efforts by Kavanaugh and others to get girls inebriated so they could be "gang raped".
Asked whether he thought all the women were liars, Trump said, "I can't tell until I hear them".
At Ford's request, Kavanaugh will not be in the room when she testifies. "Nor did we ever observe Brett engaging in any conduct resembling that described in Ms. Swetnick's declaration", the letter says, calling her accusations "nonsense".
Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on Kavanaugh nomination Friday
She said that Kavanaugh's declaration of "innocence" and lack of sexual inactivity in high school on Fox News is a lie. On July 9 after Kavanaugh had become the Supreme Court nominee, Ford said she received a call from Eshoo's office.
None of the alleged participants are named, but the letter claims, "There were at least four witnesses including my daughter".
Graham dismissed Deborah Ramirez, who told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party while at Yale, because Ramirez didn't immediately want to share her account with the Judiciary Committee.
A green-and-white scribbled calendar, complete with doodles and capital letters marked "BEACH WEEK" is Kavanaugh's 1982 summer calendar, when he was a senior in high school.
Kavanaugh rejected that claim as "from the Twilight Zone".
In one of the affidavits, family friend Keith Koegler said he wrote to Ms Ford in a June 29 email, "I remember you telling me about him, but I don't remember his name, do you mind telling me so I can read about him?"
Blasey Ford said the incident left her "drastically altered", but it was her "civic duty" to tell lawmakers what happened.
Trump blamed the Senate Democrats and suggested that how they handled sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh would help Republicans at the polls.
Some staffers working in the office of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley have been on the receiving end of a series of nasty phone calls that've included insults such as "racist trash" and "a disgusting excuse for a human being", Fox News learned Wednesday.
Trump also said "these Democratic senators" are a 'disgrace'.