"It's ridiculous. Total Twilight Zone". God, I hope you never get it. After that, there will be one round of questions from senators, with five minutes allotted per person, alternating from Republicans and Democrats in order of seniority, and senators can give their time to another senator or outside counsel. Sheldon Whitehouse's office "concerning a rape on a boat in August of 1985".
"You have replaced advise and consent with search and destroy", Kavanaugh told the Senate Judiciary Committee, his voice raised.
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He has denied the allegations by Ford and two other women who have also made accusations against him since the nomination was announced. Orrin Hatch, have called this attack on Kavanaugh a political "smear" campaign.
Three women have now come out with allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh while he was in high school or college.
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Mitchell's questions steered clear of the details of the alleged assault and focused at times on whether Ford was coordinating with Kavanaugh opponents.
The hearing will be the first time the world sees and hears from Ms Ford beyond the grainy photo that has appeared in the media in the 10 days since she came forward with her claims. "They were all shocked when Brett Kavanaugh shoved her friend up against the wall very aggressively and sexually". Both opted to stay anonymous, as did the author of the letter, according to the letter as read by the investigator.
The decision to tap Mitchell comes as Republican senators insist that their committee staffers can handle an investigation that Democrats and Kavanaugh's accusers have said the FBI should be conducting. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., asked to what degree of certainty she believed Kavanaugh assaulted her.
The "trauma-related experience" was seared into her brain, she said. "I don't think he's a Bill Cosby, I think he's a good decent guy", said Graham.
"Well, then I don't know what I'm responding to then", Kavanaugh replied.
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Durbin was forceful in his assertion that Mark Judge, whom Ford alleges was also present and participated in the accused assault, should provide testimony of his own before the committee.
Ramirez told The New Yorker that she hesitated coming forward because she was drunk when the alleged incident took place and "her memories contained gaps". Judge Kavanaugh testified for more than 32-hours in public.
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".
The back-to-back testimony from Ford and Kavanaugh quickly became a national moment, as people across the country tuned in - at law schools and the New York Stock Exchange, on airplanes and subway cars.
Kavanaugh denied the incident occurred, that he had sexually assaulted any woman in Rhode Island or that two men injured him and someone named Mark.
Kavanaugh nomination vote rescheduled for Friday morning
Senators were told to be prepared for a rare weekend session and McConnell said he was confident Kavanaugh would be confirmed. The alleged victim, Deborah Ramirez , says she was assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh during his freshman year at Yale.