What’s next for Brett Kavanaugh: Senate committee votes Friday morning

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"Ms. Keyser said under penalty of felony she does not know me, does not ever recall being at a party with me ever". "This would include calling additional witnesses and assessing further allegations against Judge Kavanaugh from other women, to which Republicans on the committee have been unwilling to commit and which would be divisive in any case".

But by the time she finished detailing her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, Ford was being widely praised as credible and fearless.

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Judge Kavauaugh replied: "This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone".

When asked by the press who had caught up with the confrontation if Flake had anything to say, he simply said: 'There have been a lot of questions here'. "These are last minute smears, pure and simple".

Christine Blasey Ford, the 51-year-old psychology professor at Palo Alto University was the first woman to come forward and accuse Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s as teenagers.

Durbin was forceful in his assertion that Mark Judge, whom Ford alleges was also present and participated in the accused assault, should provide testimony of his own before the committee.

Mr. Judge has submitted two declarations including one Thursday, after Ms. Blasey Ford's testimony, elaborating on his denial. "I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh".

Trump's son, Donald Jr., also tweeted his review: "I love Kavanaugh's tone".

The nearly nine hours of intensely emotional testimony came against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault and had millions of Americans riveted to their TV screens and smartphones. But Ford's account lacked firm corroboration of her claims by others at the party.

President Donald Trump, who is in NY attending the annual UN General Assembly session, came out in support of his Supreme Court nominee and slammed Avenatti.

For some watching Kavanaugh's testimony, one of the most striking things was his visible anger and the reactions of several women sitting behind him, who at times cried and scowled as he categorically denied the accusations against him.

Appearing with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, the veteran jurist said he has fought for women's equality throughout his life and denied the charges brought against him by the women. I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr Ford.

"With what degree of certainty do you believe Brett Kavanaugh assaulted you?"

Some experts say Ford's use of scientific brain function has helped lend to her credibility.

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