Christine Ford-Brett Kavanaugh Hearing Is Underway

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As Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's hearings continue, all eyes are on Christine Blasey Ford's testimony.

She added that over time she convinced herself that because she was not raped, she should just pretend the assault didn't happen.

"I was, you know, underneath one of them while the two laughed", she said. He is expected to testify later in the day.

Kavanaugh, 53, has vehemently denied the accusation.

Kavanaugh's comments Thursday came in an extraordinary, 45-minute opening statement in which he repeatedly expressed rancor toward Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

She was describing Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, the other teen she says was present as they locked her in a room at a party. "They were laughing with each other".

"I was trying to get the information to you while there was still a list of other, what looked like, equally qualified candidates". "But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget". "It's possible I'll hear that, and I'll say, 'Hey, I'm changing my mind'".

In questioning, Ford said she took a polygraph test just after a family member had passed away, calling the entire process "extremely stressful". "He had a hard time because he was very inebriated". I tried to yell for help. The author wrote that in 1998 her daughter occasionally socialized with Kavanaugh, who was dating the daughter's friend while he was an attorney working on independent counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation into the Clinton White House. When she pushed him away, she accidentally touched it without her consent.

Roughly two weeks ago, Ford, now 51 years old, claimed Kavanaugh pinned her down on a bed and attempted to molest her during a party she said they both attended during the summer of 1982.

"This was a disaster for the Republicans", Wallace said after the first break in testimony.

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Blasey Ford then explained her decision to step forward with the allegations.

"I want to apologize to both of you for the treatment you've received", he said.

Outside the US Capitol, pro- and anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators gathered as senators pondered the fate of a nominee who could impact the balance of the top US court for decades.

Trump chose Kavanaugh after the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a "swing" vote on the Supreme Court, a conservative who nonetheless sided with liberals in favor of abortion rights and gay rights in some key cases. Dianne Feinstein when he said: "The Swetnick thing is a joke, that's a farce". I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr. Ford.

Kavanaugh says the allegations are false. What I've been accused of is far more serious than juvenile misbehavior.

"I am a fiercely independent person and I am no one's pawn", she said.

"In Room 226 in the Dirksen Senate Office building, Kavanaugh will effectively stand trial after three women came forward with accusations about his conduct as a teenager in the alcohol-fueled youth party culture of the early 1980s".

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, and he's set to address the committee later Thursday.

His Fox colleague Brit Hume said of Ford: "The more hesitant, the more fragile she has seemed, the more credible and powerful she seems to the audience".

"The entire country is watching how we handle these allegations", Feinstein said. Her husband, Russell Ford is not there.