Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh Testify Before Senate Committee

She said Kavanaugh held her down, put his hand over her mouth to silence her, and tried to remove her clothes.

Ford claims Kavanaugh attacked her at a house party while they were both high school students in the '80s.

Ramirez accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself during a drunken dormitory party during the 1983-84 academic year when both attended Yale University.

Many who support Christine Blasey Ford, speaking publicly for the first time, drew attention to what they see as a historic moment for women's rights.

Ford said her motivation to come forward with her story was entirely unrelated to politics.

"I am terrified", she said, in her opening statement.

"A confirmation hearing about the character and fitness of an individual who's is going to sit on the country's highest court, presumably for the rest of his life, the confirmation process involves going back and looking at the entirety of the nominee's life", Hill said. On the eve of the hearing, Mr. Trump said his own history of being accused of sexual assault informed his views.

Ford went on to say that "Brett's assault on me drastically altered my life" but "I convinced myself that because Brett did not rape me, I should be able to move on and just pretend that it had never happened".

"So I want to apologise to you both for the way you've been treated".

Speaking Wednesday during a press conference, Trump said the allegations against Kavanaugh "are all false to me".

Avenatti also represents Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress who alleges she was paid to keep a sexual relationship with US President Donald Trump quiet.

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Supreme Court appointments must be confirmed by the Senate, and Trump's fellow Republicans control the chamber by a narrow 51-49 margin.

Many commented on the bravery required for an alleged assault survivor to describe her ordeal on the national stage, focussing on Ms Ford's recollection from the night that "their [the men's] laughter at my expense" was her strongest memory. Kavanaugh was also scheduled to testify Thursday.

In the hearing, Democrats planned to ask Kavanaugh if he'd be willing to undergo Federal Bureau of Investigation questioning about the various claims - a request Republicans oppose - and press him about his drinking and behavior as a teenager. "But if you want to introduce her, I'd be glad to have you do that, but I want you to know I didn't forget to do that because I would do that just as she was about to speak".

Senate Republicans chose Rachel Mitchell, a sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona, to conduct the questioning, according to the Wall Street Journal.

They come from Ms Ford's husband and three family friends, who say Ms Ford mentioned the incident in 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017.

In this regard, the committee has also questioned Kavanaugh about a series of anonymous allegations, including a physical assault on a woman in the 1990s.

"Mark Judge should be subpoenaed".

Kavanaugh has been questioned by Committee investigators about all these accusations and denies all. I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr Ford.

Later in the day, he left open the possibility of delaying a Friday committee vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation, saying whether to subpoena Judge depends on "how important" Judge is to Ford's testimony.

Collins said senators should hear from Judge.

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