Justice Thomas now sits on the bench while Kavanaugh's future has not been decided.
Senior Senate Democrat Patrick Leahy was among those who questioned her bluntly about the attack, asking about her strongest memory of the incident. He belittled the idea of an FBI investigation into Christine Ford's allegations, yet in 1991, he believed the opposite.
Say it louder for the people in the back: However we dress, wherever we go, YES means YES and NO means NO! "Unless something new comes forward, you have just an emotional accusation and an emotional denial without corroboration", said Senator Lindsey Graham. Orrin Hatch had, that Ford was "mixed up" over what happened.
Kavanaugh was up next, and he, also fighting tears at times, was passionate and furious. Viewing the hearing from their desks, some aides expressed concerns that Ford appeared highly credible, though others noted there were still gaps in her decades-old story. "I have never done this to her or to anyone", he said.
"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter", said Ford, who is a research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University.
"He began running his hands over my body and grinding his hips into me". His accuser described him "grinding into me", covering her mouth when she tried to scream and fearing that he "was accidentally going to kill me". This was an extremely hard thing for me to do, but I felt I couldn't not do it'.
Kavanaugh and President Trump, along with other supporters including Sen.
"You may defeat me in the final vote, but you'll never get me to quit, never", he said.
Later on, Vermont Democratic Sen. Now a judge in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, he seemed assured of confirmation until Ford and several other accusers emerged in recent weeks. Christine Blasey Ford asked if that worked for the members, prompting Grassley to say they're just trying to accommodate her.
"I was underneath one of them while the two laughed", she said. The president and his team initially monitored the proceedings on cable news as they flew back to Washington from NY on Air Force One.
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When it was Klobuchar's turn, she too asked Ford to share her most acute memories.
"And you were the object of the laughter?"
The email address you have provided is already registered. In a news conference Wednesday, Trump had even signaled that he might be open to pulling Kavanaugh's nomination if he found Ford's testimony convincing.
Drafted in from Arizona, Rachel Mitchell was prodding at times over particulars.
"Probably refers to throwing up", Kavanaugh said. Whether Mitchell was seeking to undermine or cast doubt on that claim was unclear.
During the hearing, Donald Trump Jr. in a tweet made the argument more bluntly. "Can't do it to testify but for vacation, well it's not a problem at all". Dick Durbin, D-Ill., asked to what degree of certainty she believed Kavanaugh assaulted her.
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Mitchell repeatedly inquired around who paid for the polygraph test Ford took before her story became public.
Ford gave a straightforward response when Sen.
'Once the press started reporting on the existence of the letter I had sent to Senator Feinstein, I faced mounting pressure, ' said Ford. Katz then leaned in again to say the same.