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Late Wednesday, photos of Ford taking the polygraph exam were sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee. They hope for a roll call by the full Senate - where they have a scant 51-49 majority - early next week with the aim of getting him on the court as its new term begins. The New York Times has not been able to independently corroborate either woman's allegation.

"No, and we're dealing with an anonymous letter about an anonymous person and an anonymous friend", Kavanaugh said.

Ford's signed handwritten note reiterated her claims of a sexual assault at a house party when she and Kavanaugh were teens. A podium of older, white, male senators grilled a young black woman for hours about embarrassing personal and sexual details, and then many dismissed her story as a lie. He decried his confirmation opposition as a "national disgrace". Democrats get five minutes.

"Republican senators have delayed this for weeks now", Trump said.

Republicans are concerned, among other reasons, that further investigations could push a vote past the November elections that may switch Senate control back to the Democrats and make consideration of any Trump nominee more hard. But he made clear that he was deeply skeptical of these types of accusations.

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 smart phones. "There should be no vote in the Senate".

SOURCE U.S. Senate, Supreme Court nominations, 1789-present; Congressional Research Service, "Supreme Court Nominations, 1789 to 2017: Actions by the Senate, Judiciary Committee, and the President;" Heritage Foundation.

Trump, who has himself faced accusations of sexual misconduct, chose Kavanaugh to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired effective in July.

The committee has interviewed two men who came forward about the disputed assault at a summer house party. "He held me down and put his hand on my mouth to stop me from screaming for help".

SNELL: Yeah, and it was also - it was jarring in that first exchange because Senator Grassley had to interrupt the woman asking the questions - the prosecutor - to allow Dianne Feinstein to begin her questioning.

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley Credit Senate Democrats

In the hearing, Democrats plan to ask Mr Kavanaugh if he would be willing to undergo Federal Bureau of Investigation questioning about the various claims - a request Republicans oppose - and press him about his drinking and behaviour as a teenager. He said he is doing so at Ford's request.

"The uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense".

Democrats lauded Ford's testimony as credible, courageous and, in the words of Senator Cory Booker, "nothing short of heroic".

Grassley also pointed out that numerous witnesses Ford has identified deny that the party in question took place.

During a lunch break, even typically talkative GOP senators on the panel were without words. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said he was "just listening".

"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". Ford has noted she did not remember the exact date of the party but the calendar is filled with social gatherings and other gatherings. He mocked Ford's allegations - and several others since - that have accused him of sexual impropriety. While she had told her husband before they were married that she had been sexually assaulted, she never told anyone the details until May 2012 during a couple's counseling session.

Calling the empowerment of women alleging abuse "very dangerous" for the country, President Donald Trump weighed in Wednesday on the mounting accusations against his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. "We mean no ill will". This is what terrified me the most, and has had the most lasting impact on my life: "it was hard for me to breathe, and I thought Brett was accidentally going to kill me". I had been friendly with a classmate of Brett's for a short time during my freshman and sophomore year. "And the truth is that I have never sexually assaulted anyone - not in high school, not in college, not ever". There are a lot of questions about whether or not this will become just a he-said, she-said or just a conversation of competing depositions.

Behind him in the audience as he testified, his wife, Ashley, sat looking stricken. Feinstein said the allegations against Kavanaugh have raised "a real question of character for someone who is asking for a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court".

"You're right to be angry", said Sen.



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