Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh misrepresented the record when he stated that three witnesses have refuted Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that he sexually assaulted her at a party more than 30 years ago.
Judge Kavauaugh has said he may have met Ms Ford but denies any assault took place. Multiple allegations of sexual assault have surfaced against Kavanaugh over the last 10 days after Dr.Christine Blasey Ford publicly accused Kavauangh of attempting to rape her at high school party in 1982.
The reversal is significant given Kavanaugh has repeatedly cited his Catholic faith and Jesuit education in defending himself against Ford's accusations.
Blasey Ford also described receiving an outpouring of public support from people "in every state of this country" - as well as death threats and online tormenting that have forced her and her family to move out of their house.
During her opening remarks on Thursday, Ford said she was "terrified" to be there but felt it was her "civic duty". NBC adds that "The writer of the letter provided no names but said the alleged victim was still traumatized and had made a decision to remain anonymous herself". The American Bar Association sent a letter to committee chairman Chuck Grassley Thursday night arguing that the vote should be halted until the FBI can complete its investigation. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations in his hearing on Thursday.
The Republican from SC then turned his attention back to Kavanaugh and asked: "Are you a gang rapist?" Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked her what she remembered. But Ford's account lacked firm corroboration of her claims by others at the party.
Sen. Doug Jones, a first-term Democrat from Alabama, said he would vote no on Kavanaugh's bid for the Supreme Court.
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Meanwhile, there were signs the remarkable testimony before the panel in which Kavanaugh angrily declared his innocence and Ford calmly recounted the moment in which she says he attacked her had registered negatively with two organizations whose support Kavanaugh had earlier received.
Some Democratic senators stormed out of the Judiciary Committee Friday morning after losing their latest bid to derail Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, protesting what they called a "ram job" ahead of a vote later in the day. Kavanaugh needs 50 votes to be confirmed, which means that the Republican conference, with its razor thin 51-49 majority, can only afford one defection assuming all the Democrats are opposed.
For his part, Kavanaugh testified he was "100 percent certain" none of the alleged incidents of sexual misconduct occurred. Mitchell will join in and ask questions of Kavanaugh as well.
Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump and his confirmation would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court with disputes over abortion rights, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops possibly heading toward the justices soon.
He also took issue with the notion of waiting for an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.