Kavanaugh says allegations are 'calculated' hit

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Ford and Kavanaugh are testifying before the committee on Thursday.

As with the allegations by two previous accusers, the latest incidents are alleged to have occurred decades ago. A roll call presumably would follow next week by the full Senate, where Republicans hold a scant 51-49 majority. "I'm hear for civic duty to tell you what happened between me and Brett Kavanaugh in high school", Dr. Ford began.

There are scattered hints of GOP hesitancy. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., asked to what degree of certainty she believed Kavanaugh assaulted her. "So what you're telling us is this could not be a case of mistaken identity?" said Feinstein.

She described being "underneath one of them" as the two laughed.

Kavanaugh, who has emphatically denied the allegations, was scheduled to testify later in the day. It's ridiculous. Total twilight zone.

President Donald Trump is watching the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Air Force One on a slight delay.

And on Wednesday, a woman represented by Mr Avenatti - who shot to fame as the lawyer taking on the president for porn actress Stormy Daniels - made another accusation of misconduct.

Ford was the first to step forward with allegations and claimed Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to pull off her clothes while both were high school students in 1982. She slammed accusations that she came forward against Kavanaugh for political purposes: "I am no one's pawn". Over the years, I told very few friends that I had this traumatic experience.

But he added, "What I've been accused of is far more serious than juvenile misbehavior".

"It was an extremely hard thing to do, but I felt that I couldn't not do it", she said.

He also slammed his Democratic opponents, accusing them of being "con artists" and destroying the 53-year-old judge's reputation.

Ford and Kavanaugh will appear separately before the 21-member Senate panel, comprised of 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats.

Since Ford has come forth with her accusations against Kavanaugh, two other women have bravely stood up and told their stories.

She concluded by promising to do her "very best" to answer any questions posed at her during the hearing. He said this has shaped his view of the allegations against Kavanaugh.

Meanwhile, Republicans have a greater number of senators and time on their side. Judge, through his lawyer, has said he does not wish to speak publicly. "They're obstructionists. They're actually con artists", Trump said, accusing the party of "smearing" Kavanaugh and his family.

"Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it just did", he said in a written statement. "I eventually was able to get up the gumption with the help of some friends and get on the plane", she said.

On the other side, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Kavanaugh should withdraw his nomination. Kavanaugh will testify later, after her session is over.

She said that over the years, she convinced herself that because she was not raped, she should just pretend that it did not happen.

The United States Capitol Police has confirmed that 57 people were arrested for protesting Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination near the Supreme Court building Thursday afternoon.

Republicans have hired an outside attorney, Phoenix prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, to handle much of their questioning.