Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on Kavanaugh nomination Friday

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On July 9 after Kavanaugh had become the Supreme Court nominee, Ford said she received a call from Eshoo's office.

Palo Alto psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford delivered powerful testimony about her alleged past sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Throughout the whole process of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations, and the subsequent others that have followed, Kavanaugh's defenders keep bringing up his sterling character.

"This has destroyed my family and my good name, a good name built up through decades of very hard work and public service at the highest levels of the American government", Kavanaugh said in a roar that overwhelmed the small Senate hearing room. And Julie Swetnick, through her attorney Michael Avenatti, has accused Kavanaugh of engaging in acts of sexual misconduct during high school parties.

After an awkward pause, Mitchell explained the line of questioning: "I ask that because it's been reported by the press that you would not submit to an interview with the committee because of your fear of flying", she said.

Sometimes showing anger, other times fighting back tears, the conservative jurist launched a bristling attack on the "national disgrace" of his treatment by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"Uproarious laughter" she said, emanated from both Kavanaugh and a friend of his, Mark Judge, who she remembered "having fun at my expense". "I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me".

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Kristen Dudley , a member of the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board, previously designated Cosby as a " predator ". Victim Andrea Constand at court where she told in a written statement of the effect Cosby's attack had on her life.

Kavanaugh, 53, has strenuously denied assaulting anyone and insists he is the victim of a "smear campaign".

"We believe her, we support her, and we thank her for her enormous bravery and patriotism", NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement. She said it was her attackers' laughs.

She said that Kavanaugh's declaration of "innocence" and lack of sexual inactivity in high school on Fox News is a lie. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that her certainty was "100 percent". She began by expressing sympathy for Ford, who'd said she was "terrified" to testify.

Ford gave a straightforward response when Sen. Ford said Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, who were 17 at the time, were also at the party and appeared to have been drinking heavily beforehand.

Following hours of exhausting testimony, Republicans huddled Thursday night to chart the path forward on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court. Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii hit out at Mitchell's approach during the hearing, saying she had aimed to undermine Ford's credibility.

Kavanaugh and President Trump, along with other supporters including Sen.

"So many women around the country were watching it together in rooms and texting one another about what they were seeing, identifying with her", said Donegan said.