Professor Christine Blasey Ford has given emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who was detained by Republicans on the committee to question Ford, would later tell Ford that she was "struck" by the fact that Ford appeared "terrified".
Flake is a particularly unique position as he is the only member of this group who also sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is now still scheduled to vote on whether to sign off on Kavanaugh's nomination Friday morning.
She alleges that in 1982, whilst they were both in high school Kavanaugh pushed her down, placed his hand over her mouth and attempted to remove her clothing. He tried to deflect when asked by Senate Democrats, saying he would do whatever the committee wants (knowing full well they do not want the FBI to investigate.) When asked what he wants, Kavanaugh responded with several seconds of damning silence.
Avenatti also represents Stephanie Clifford, the adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels who says she had an affair with Trump before he was elected President.
"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".
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley repeatedly declined to answer questions Thursday night from reporters as he repeatedly said, "we're meeting at 9:30" - a reference to the committee meeting where the panel is scheduled to vote on whether to give Kavanaugh a favorable recommendation.
Trump told associates after the hearing that he liked Kavanaugh's fighting attitude and was critical of Democrats who he sees as politicizing the process, said a person familiar with his thinking who was not authorized to disclose private conversations.
Brett Kavanaugh is a step closer to being confirmed to the US Supreme Court despite allegations of sexual assault still hanging over him.
Michael and Kelly Malesardi have a son who is a junior at Georgetown Prep and say he and his friends are saddened by how their school has been tarnished by the events of the past week and the descriptions by former students of heavy partying and an alcohol-drenched culture at the school in the 1980s when Kavanaugh was a student.
The letter, which is unlikely to sway Republicans, said that an appointment to the Supreme court "is simply too important to rush to a vote". "What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit on the Supreme Court".
Ford said she could not recall all the details of the polygraph or how former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Jeremiah Hanafin was chosen to administer the test.
Questions were raised about Kavanaugh's temperament at the hearing as well as his fiery political accusations and how that could impact his role on the court.
A short delay. The undecided senators could ask for a small delay, a day or two, in order to consider their vote more carefully and go back through the Thursday hearing. The Senate must vote!' Trump's tweet later used the same "search and destroy" language.
Just minutes after the end of the Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford hearing Thursday, with drama still hanging in the air (and on social media), Republican senators met behind closed doors to talk about what happens next.