Hearing Opens with an Apology to Ford, Kavanaugh

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"I can always be convinced", Trump said at a press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY, on the eve of a key Senate hearing at which a university professor accusing his nominee of assault will detail her allegations to lawmakers. "It was hard for me to breathe and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me".

Christine Blasey Ford read a pre-prepared statement, with her voice shaking, giving details of the evening when she says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.

At the same time, Trump described Kavanaugh as a "great gentleman" and said he believed the accusations against the conservative were "false".

Trump dismissed the allegations against Kavanaugh as a "big fat con job" orchestrated by Democrats.

A spokesman for committee Chairman Sen.

But the laughter, and the identity of her attacker, Ford said, remained crystal clear.

Then Kavanaugh strode into the committee room, arranged his nameplate, and with anger on his face started to testify with a statement he said he had shown only one other person.

Mr Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge who has always been eyed for the Supreme Court, has repeatedly denied all the allegations, saying he had never heard of the latest accuser and calling her accusations "ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone".

During the break in Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Ford's testimony, New York's Dem Sen.

Ford also during her sworn testimony that she was "100 percent" certain that it was Kavanaugh who attacked her.

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When asked whether there was any chance she was mistaken about the identity of her attacker, Blasey Ford said, "Absolutely not". There are now 10 Democrats up for re-election in red states that voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Meanwhile, President Trump has acknowledged that the accusations of sexual misconduct swirling around his Supreme Court nominee have a personal side for him. Mrs Ford claims that a friend of Mr Kavanaugh's, Mark Judge, was in the room and that he eventually jumped on them, allowing her to flee the room. Kavanaugh claims neither happened, telling MacCallum on air that he was a virgin in high school and for "many years" after that.

"Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes", her statement said. She said her father was an alcoholic.

Several GOP lawmakers who remain publicly undecided - most notably Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins, as well as Arizona's Jeff Flake, who is retiring - said they want to hear what Kavanaugh's accuser has to say before making up their minds.

Since Ford's name became public this month, at least two other women have come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

"In a legal document sent out by attorney Michael Avenatti, a woman named Julie Swetnick said she was at multiple parties with Kavanaugh where "disoriented" girls were drugged and then raped by a "train" of men". They hope for a roll call by the full Senate - where they have a scant 51-49 majority - early next week with the aim of getting him on the court as its new term begins.

Ford also said she doesn't have any political motivation for coming forward with accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were teenagers.

Democrats called the release of this news "shameful and the height of irresponsibility".

Kavanaugh defended himself this week in a TV interview.

"We seem, sometimes, to even enjoy that", Flake said.

Both took turns aggressively questioning Kavanaugh during his first four days of confirmation hearings in what many saw as a prelude to presidential primary campaigns.

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