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What mattered was being there as Ford was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, just a brief walk away.

"You say it was Brett Kavanaugh that covered your mouth to prevent you from screaming", the senator said. Now a judge in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, he seemed assured of confirmation until Ford and several other accusers emerged in recent weeks. In a video posted by Cheddar's Brad Smith, Ford's testimony could be heard across an unusually quiet NYSE floor as traders watched intently.

"I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not ever", he said. "Without an investigation, and with so many serious issues involved, I can't support this nomination if they choose to move forward".

Feinstein wrote to Ford a month later - on August 31 - promising not to disclose the information without Ford's consent. Just hours earlier, Ford described for senators what she says was an assault by Kavanaugh on a summer evening three decades ago. He asked Kavanaugh if the words written inside were his own.

Ford has reportedly described to friends and family that, as a result of the attack, she struggles with being stuck in enclosed spaces.

During the free-wheeling news conference, Trump continued to lash out at Democrats and label the allegations against Kavanaugh politically motivated.

Allegations by other women followed those by Ford.

Yale's public affairs office trumpeted Kavanaugh in a July press release, following his nomination to the USA top court, as a "terrific judge" who wrote "smart, thoughtful and clear" opinions.

"You need more than an accusation for evidence". "You may defeat me in the final vote but you'll never get me to quit".

After recounting what she remembered of the alleged assault, Sen.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., led the way with a scathing assault on Democrats sitting a few feet away.

When the committee's top Democrat, Sen. "I am an independent person", she said.

During her opening remarks on Thursday, Ford said she was "terrified" to be there but felt it was her "civic duty".

Ford alleges Kavanaugh held her down and tried to remove her clothes at a party in 1982 when they were both in high school.

Wallace added: "She obviously was traumatized by an event". She also teaches in a consortium program with Stanford University's School of Medicine. "That's not right", Mitchell said.

Mitchell repeatedly inquired around who paid for the polygraph test Ford took before her story became public. When asked again after a lunch break, her counsel interrupted. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Republicans control the Senate 51-49 and can lose only one vote.

With millions of Americans alternately riveted and horrified by the televised drama, Blasey and Kavanaugh left no room for compromise, no possibility of confusion, no chance that they remembered something differently.

Republicans are pushing to seat Mr Kavanaugh before the November midterms, when Senate control could fall to the Democrats and a replacement Trump nominee could have even greater difficulty.

Swetnick's statement was released by her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, who has claimed to have had a sexual encounter with Donald Trump.

Students said a minority on the Yale campus supported Kavanaugh's nomination but were reluctant to be open about it. Laura Pietrantoni, a first-year law student who opposes Kavanaugh, said some of the judge's supporters were "very scared to come forward and voice how they feel". After she was sexually assaulted in her teens by an older man she told her parents, who believed her.

Nothing on the calendar appears to refer to her.