Trump put Kavanaugh on notice, calling a rare press conference the afternoon before today's hearing to say he would watch and left open the option of being convinced by Ford, while continuing to call allegations against Kavanaugh "a big fat lie". - "would remember this evening".
"I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation by Dr. Ford", said Kavanaugh, whose voice shook with anger during an opening statement that saw him repeatedly shed tears.
"You have inspired and you have enlightened men in America to listen respectfully to women survivors - and men who have survived sexual attack - and that is a profound public service, regardless of what happens with this nomination", he said.
On Thursday, Trump found himself revived by Kavanaugh's irate and tearful denial, delivered over the course of 45 minutes as his wife wept at the edge of the camera frame. She said she had an "indelible" memory of "the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense".
'My understanding is that Representative Eshoo's office delivered a copy of my letter to Senator Feinstein's office on July 30, 2018, ' said Ford.
Blumenthal told Blasey Ford he believes her account of an attempted rape by Kavanaugh when the two were high schoolers. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have yet to say how they'll vote after expressing concerns about the accusations that emerged over the past week.
Ford testified that she ran into Judge at the Potomac Village Safeway supermarket in Maryland six to eight weeks after the alleged attack. She is one of several women who have come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault. The first accuser Christine Ford has also agreed to testify publicly. Ford said Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, who were 17 at the time, were also at the party and appeared to have been drinking heavily beforehand.
"You needed to go to the cops", Graham said. Leahy asked as Ford took a sip of coffee. Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate and can't afford more than one defection to ensure confirmation without Democratic support. "Are you afraid that they might not?"
In an election-season battle being waged along a polarized nation's political and cultural fault lines, Trump and most Republicans have rallied behind Kavanaugh, whose confirmation would provide a chance to cement the conservative majority of the court for a generation. 'This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanaugh.
Ford told senators that one night in the summer of 1982, a drunken Kavanaugh forced her down on a bed, groped her and tried to take off her clothes.
"In high school she was a bright, amusing teen navigating the hard-partying private school circuit who went on to her pursuit of an insular career as a West Coast academic". She said Judge, who she has identified as being in the bedroom during the alleged altercation, was arranging shopping carts and seemed "nervous" and didn't want to speak with her.