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Flake looked away as the woman began to cry, prompting her to yell, "Look at me when I'm talking to you!" She said Trump thought Kavanaugh's testimony was "powerful, it was riveting and it was honest".
In another statement, Patrick J. Smyth, identified by Ford as being among those downstairs at the party, says "I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh'".
Judge Kavanaugh has yet to respond formally to this specific allegation.
"This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone". "These are last minute smears, pure and simple".
An image from Brett Kavanaugh's testimony as he denied sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford went viral.
Still, even many Republicans who believed Ford was honestly recounting what happened to her took the view that it was a case of mistaken identity, believing Kavanaugh's emotional testimony that was not there and did not attack her.
Kavanaugh, a conservative-leaning judge whose entry into the lifetime appointment would help shift the Supreme Court to the right for years to come, came out fighting. While we previously endorsed the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh on the basis of his legal credentials and his reputation as a committed textualist, it is now clear that the nomination should be withdrawn. All the three allegations have been denied by the Supreme Court nominee.
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Ford said her motivation to come forward with her story was entirely unrelated to politics.
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"Anyone who recognizes the humanity of the unborn should support the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh", the editors entitled their July 9 editorial, before Ford's accusation was made public. Trump said in a tweet.
The ABA said the FBI should investigate the numerous sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.
Dr Ford's testimony had an instant effect, prompting a number of victims of sexual violence to share their experiences.
Graham expressed sympathy for the Supreme Court nominee and his family, saying, "I can not imagine what you and your family have gone through".
During her opening remarks on Thursday, Ford said she was "terrified" to be there but felt it was her "civic duty".
Nelson, who is not a member of the Judiciary Committee, was not a part of Thursday's hearing and hasn't met face-to-face with Kavanaugh since Trump nominated him for the lifetime position in July.