Going into the hearing, Trump had grown increasingly frustrated, angry at members of his staff - and, in particular, White House counsel Don McGahn - for not better managing the confirmation process for his second Supreme Court nominee. All the three allegations have been denied by the Supreme Court nominee.
When a male senator read Kavanaugh's denial, Ford appeared to shudder. It turned indignant, deeply personal, and emotional again.
Earlier during the dramatic hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ford said she didn't think she paid for the polygraph test herself and she does "not yet" know who did.
'My understanding is that Representative Eshoo's office delivered a copy of my letter to Senator Feinstein's office on July 30, 2018, ' said Ford. A day that held the hope of providing some clarity only cemented divisions.
In the other two, Ford did not name Kavanaugh but said she was assaulted by a federal judge. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that her certainty was "100 percent".
"What goes around comes around", he warned.
"This is a circus, the consequences will extend long past my nomination", he said.
In crass political contexts, Ford emerges as a likely hero to the left.
Ford also told Mitchell that the symptoms of post-traumatic stress that she had experienced as a result of her alleged assault were "multi-factorial", and many things may have contributed to it.
"I said that because I believe professor Ford", Baker said.
Kavanaugh came out with guns blazing, nearly as if he could yell the sexual assault allegations away.
"Bravery is contagious", said Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), the Judiciary Committee chairman known for his cranky temperament and Midwestern twang.
But any sense of potential closure or comity ended the moment Kavanaugh started to speak.
They followed the lead of Kavanaugh, who at times interrupted Democrats and asked them whether they had misbehaved themselves. She said she found Kavanaugh more convincing than she expected, but said confirming him would be a "huge mistake" because "no one will trust the Supreme Court".
But she returned to that point later, when responding to a question from Democratic Sen.
His was an entirely different approach than that of Ford.
"Your high school yearbook?!"
Meanwhile, the lawyer for Deborah Ramirez, who says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party when they attended Yale University, raised her profile in a round of television interviews. "I spoke to somebody 38 years ago, and it may not be good, '" Trump said, adding, "The people that have complained to me about it the most about what's happening is women".
Clune said an FBI investigation would be "the only intelligent way to get to the truth of what happened" between Ramirez and Kavanaugh.
Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party more than three decades ago, took the polygraph test on August 7 in a conference room at a hotel near Baltimore/Washington International airport. Republicans control the Senate 51-49 and can lose only one vote.