Senate panel says it will vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh nomination

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Christine Blasey Ford, with lawyers Debra S. Katz and Michael R. Bromwich, answers questions at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018. Kavanaugh denied the accusation. "Such grotesque and obvious character assassination-if allowed to succeed-will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country", he continues. She said that Kavanaugh covered her mouth to mask her screams and that at times she anxious he'd accidentally kill her. The boys' laughter was "indelible in the hippocampus", she said, using her scientific expertise to describe how memories are stored in the brain and adding, "It's locked in there".

That interview was the first time Ford spoke publicly and in detail about the alleged attack, which she said she had kept largely to herself for decades and only shared with her husband, Russell Ford, in 2012. 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. She has also said she's in support of delaying a vote for an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.

"This confirmation process has become a national disgrace", Kavanaugh said with anger. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor who came forward against him and said he sexually assaulted her in high school testified on Thursday, and described the alleged attack.

Republicans can confirm Kavanaugh along party lines, but to do so, they can only afford to lose one vote.

However Trump softened his position on Wednesday, telling journalists that he was ready to change his mind, depending on the testimony. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that her certainty was "100 percent".

Kavanaugh was up next, and he, also fighting tears at times, was passionate and furious. Patrick Leahy, out in the hallway, told reporters of his Republican committee colleagues, "They're going to do whatever the White House and Mitch McConnell tells them to do".

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Then she quickly faded away.

"This is a very serious allegation, which should be thoroughly investigated, and it's up to the Senate Judiciary Committee to do just that", said Heitkamp last week. From there, each GOP senator handled his own questions, while Mitchell sat silently nearby.

The heated exchange during a recess in the a high-stakes hearing where Ford vividly and repeatedly testified to her experience, addressing questions from Mitchell and Senate Democrats. "Let me tell my Democratic friends, if this is the new norm, you better watch out for your nominees". By the end of her testimony, even Sen.

In July, Baker, Hogan and Scott were the lone Republican governors to not sign a letter to Senate leaders offering support for Kavanaugh's nomination.

Kavanaugh, who has two daughters, said one of his girls said they should "pray for the woman" making the allegations against him, referring to Ford.

Multiple Republican lawmakers haven't said which way they will vote, including two women with reputations as moderates who have been willing to buck their party: Sens.

They come against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement and the hearing included sharp exchanges between Republicans and Democrats mirroring the atmosphere of bitter political partisanship in Washington.