Ford testimony 'credible,' a 'disaster for Republicans'

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Throughout the whole process of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations, and the subsequent others that have followed, Kavanaugh's defenders keep bringing up his sterling character.

Professor Christine Blasey Ford has given emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

She claims to have been traumatised by the event. When Ford said she arrived in Washington via an airplane and Mitchell reminded her that she was reportedly afraid to fly, Sen. She appeared to be close to tears at times, but she was firm and dignified throughout.

Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, the Senator blasted Democrats for not confronting Brett Kavanaugh with Ford's sexual assault claim sooner. Voice rising to a yell, he said, "My family and my name have been permanently and totally destroyed", citing his decades of service in his community and in high levels of American government. Again, process. And again, something that may seem off the point to viewers. "It's possible I'll hear that, and I'll say, 'Hey, I'm changing my mind'". "When they left the bar (under the influence of alcohol) they were all shocked when Brett Kavanaugh shoved her friend up against the wall very aggressively and sexually".

Ford also during her sworn testimony that she was "100 percent" certain that it was Kavanaugh who attacked her. "His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting", Trump tweeted.

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The Senate judiciary committee is tasked with clearing Kavanaugh's nomination prior to the full chamber holding a vote. Susan Collins. Murkowski and Collins remained largely out of sight on Thursday, although both had said they would be watching the hearing closely. He snapped at Dianne Feinstein, the first Democrat to question him, when she asked if he'd be open to an FBI investigation.

"In the end, there's likely to be as much doubt as certainty going out of this room today", Flake said Thursday.

But South Carolina Sen.

Fox News Chief White House correspondent John Roberts tweeted that he received a statement from Kavanaugh who said Swetnick's allegations are "ridiculous and from the Twighlight Zone".

"It's not to say that there can not be a situation where a person has risen above these kinds of behavior or teenage behavior", Hill told NPR, "but is to say that what we have is a person speaking the privilege of representing the laws of this country, and when that individual is reasonably believed to have broken those laws - and then not been truthful about it - to me, that's a disqualification".

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Ford began her testimony by describing the anxiety accompanying her appearance before the committee. Citizens all over the country tuned in, and women, especially, were riveted.

During a break in the hearing, some of Kavanaugh's strongest supporters gave no indications of wavering.

Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that she wrote the letter on her own without any input from outside advisors or attorneys. "Two friends having a really good time with one another", she replied. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) - had arrived on time, itself a rarity for a Senate hearing.

"It does impact my opinion and you know why?"

She said she feared the personal consequences would be akin to "jumping in front of a train". Because this doesn't happen every day.

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