Lindsey Graham Warns Democrats: 'You Better Watch Out for Your Nominees'

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She said she watched the testimony during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings 27 years ago.

When asked whether there was any chance she was mistaken about the identity of her attacker, Blasey Ford said, "Absolutely not".

An emotional and visibly nervous Blasey Ford, who is speaking publicly for the first time, says she's "terrified" to be detailing her allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Kavanaugh, who has two daughters, said one of his girls said they should "pray for the woman" making the allegations against him, referring to Ford.

Kavanaugh was up next, and he, also fighting tears at times, was passionate and furious.

"My family and my name have been permanently destroyed by vicious and false accusations", Kavanaugh continued.

"You will not drive me out", he said.

But during his opening statement, Kavanaugh touted the background checks the Federal Bureau of Investigation had conducted on him when he was up for other jobs within the United States government earlier in his career, which he said found no evidence of any wrongdoing in his past.

Trump's son, Donald Jr., also tweeted his review: "I love Kavanaugh's tone".

"His testimony was powerful, honest and riveting", Mr Trump said. Still, the senator has not indicated if she intends to vote one way or the other.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., led the way with a scathing assault on Democrats sitting a few feet away. Lisa Murkowski and Maine Sen.

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They come against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement and the hearing included sharp exchanges between Republicans and Democrats mirroring the atmosphere of bitter political partisanship in Washington.

What followed will steer the fate of Kavanaugh's nomination, Ford's own life, and surely weigh on the political futures of perhaps dozens of political leaders and elected officials at the highest levels of government - in particular Republicans who have defended Kavanaugh in the face of Ford's allegations. "There are some concerns that people have and we're going to try to close the loop".

Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Ford are the only witnesses invited to give evidence before the panel.

This is the most unethical sham since I've been in politics, and if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn't have done what you have done to this guy, ' he said, returning to release his ire on Democrats.

Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Roger Wicker told reporters the committee vote will go forth as planned on Friday. 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.

In her three hours of testimony, Ford's tone was polite but firm as she detailed her accusations but offered no major new revelations. "As a sex abuse survivor, you feel marginalized your whole life - like no one is listening to you", she told TIME. "I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not ever".

The reaction of women to Thursday's hearing is important heading into the midterm elections with a potential Democratic wave looming on the horizon.

There are now 10 Democrats up for re-election in red states that voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Democratic senators have been bringing up Kavanaugh's yearbook as they question him about Ford's allegation of sexual assault when they were teens.

When asked by the media if the nomination come to the full Senate floor for a vote, Grassley responded "Depends on what happens tomorrow".

"Do you know how long the past ten days have been?" "Every day has been a lifetime". But the larger issues swirling in the fraught hearing room Thursday, about sexual trauma, privilege, power and polarization, are ones the country won't soon be able to resolve.

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