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Kavanaugh's Supreme Court bid hinges on handful of senators

Kavanaugh's Supreme Court bid hinges on handful of senators”

Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's embattled nominee to fill a Supreme Court seat, came out swinging when he defended himself Thursday against a bombshell allegation of sexual assault.

"If you lived a good life, people will recognise it like the American Bar Association has - the gold standard", he said. "I'm here today to tell the truth". "I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not ever".

Blasey is the first of three women to accuse the Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct.

After more than four hours, here are the six moments that will shape Americans' memory of the historic hearing. She also said that Kavanaugh's friend, Mark Judge, witnessed the alleged assault and at times egged Kavanaugh on.

After an awkward pause, Mitchell explained the line of questioning: "I ask that because it's been reported by the press that you would not submit to an interview with the committee because of your fear of flying", she said. All but one senator - Sen.

FILE PHOTO: Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is surrounded by journalists as she walks from a Republican Senate caucus meeting with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 26, 2018.

Some experts say Ford's use of scientific brain function has helped lend to her credibility.

Of the remaining undecided votes, only Flake sits on the Judiciary Committee. "The Kavanaugh nomination process has been flawed from the beginning", he said, adding that Ford was credible and courageous.

At another, she said when asked about her emotional state: "I think that's a great question". News reports that an anonymous complaint sent to Republican Sen. That is a tragedy, not just for him and for Ford, who, as Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) shook his head and Harris looked slightly stunned.

"You can't have it both ways", Durbin told Kavanaugh.

According to NBC News on Tuesday Judge Kavanaugh was questioned about the anonymous complaint during a phone conversation with Senate Judiciary Committee Staff.

The sensitive atmosphere of the room changed sharply nearly immediately when Kavanaugh sat down at the witness table.

Should that fail and Kavanaugh be confirmed, it would amount, to a "devastating blow" - at least for now.

His 45-minute statement was not only a defense of his character and an emphatic denial of the allegations he's faced, but an enraged, nearly uncontrolled indictment of the contentious confirmation process that he had undergone since July.

In an election-season battle being waged along a polarized nation's political and cultural fault lines, Trump and most Republicans have rallied behind Kavanaugh, whose confirmation would provide a chance to cement the conservative majority of the court for a generation. The consequences will extend long past my nomination. "The consequences will be us for decades".

But Democrats did not buy Kavanaugh's self-portrayal of an angelic choir boy. All the other Democratic senators were equally stone-faced.

"Let me put an end to this mystery", Ford lawyer Debra Katz said, "her lawyers have paid for her polygraph".

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