The hearing was a rollercoaster of emotion, with Democrats taking every opportunity to praise Ford's courage in coming forward, while Mitchell delivered the tougher questioning, challenging her on a number of issues, including the circumstances surrounding her polygraph test and her fear of flying. The GOP majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee has refused to subpoena Judge.
In extraordinary and at times emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Blasey Ford, a psychology professor in California, said it was "absolutely not" possible that she had mistakenly identified Kavanaugh as her attacker.
The Hawaii senator also sent a fundraising email while the hearing was in session, prompting criticism that she was trying to use Ford's testimony to help her re-election campaign. Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander told Roll Call that Republican senators have been told to prepare for procedural votes on Saturday to allow a Monday cloture vote and a Tuesday confirmation vote.
Asked how she could be so sure it was Kavanaugh who attacked her, Blasey Ford responded with confidence: "The same way that I'm sure that I'm talking to you right now".
Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018.More news: Intelligence Group Claims Spy Poisoning Suspect is Highly Decorated Russian Colonel
Flake says Ford's account "was compelling, but she's lacking corroboration from those who were there". 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 do not recall the events described by Dr. Ford in her testimony.
"As part of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, the FBI conducted its sixth full field background investigation of Judge Kavanaugh since 1993, 25 years ago".
Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, Ilya Shapiro, says it is unclear if anyone came out ahead after Thursday's testimony.
The three women who have accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault had their alleged incidents happen in the early 80's when he was in high school and college. Georgetown Prep, Kavanaugh's high school, is a Jesuit institution. But even if the credibility of the allegation has not been established beyond a reasonable doubt and even if further investigation is warranted to determine its validity or clear Judge Kavanaugh's name, we recognize that this nomination is no longer in the best interests of the country. It added that, "Somewhere in the distant past, . The hearings and the committee's deliberations are now also a bellwether of the way the country treats women when their reports of harassment, assault and abuse threaten to derail the careers of powerful men". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., led the way with a scorching denunciation of Democrats for raising the allegations against Kavanaugh in the final days of the confirmation process.