Kavanaugh said at one point.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., let loose on his Democratic colleagues Thursday over what he called the "sham" hearing to probe sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, in a display that earned him praise from the White House and scorn from the left. Still, the senator has not indicated if she intends to vote one way or the other. In effect, they asked senators to choose which one they believed.
Kavanaugh used his opening statement to both attack Democrats who he says are targeting him and refute all of the particulars of the allegations lodged against him. "There is doubt", said Sen. "Because this happens to us, but this never happens to them". Pat Leahy, who had sat on the same Judiciary panel during the Anita Hill hearing, asked about Ford's most enduring memory of the incident.
But he said he would not be "intimidated" into withdrawing his candidacy for a spot on the nine-member Supreme Court. "I have never done this to her or to anyone", he said. Republicans on the Judiciary Committee released a document detailing their investigative work that showed they had interviewed two separate men who said they believed that they, not Judge Kavanaugh, assaulted Ford.
"Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Members of the Committee: Eleven days ago, Dr. Ford publicly accused me of committing a serious wrong more than 36 years ago when we were both in high school".
The conservative jurist's Senate confirmation had seemed assured until Ms Ford came forward and then other women emerged with additional allegations of sexual misconduct. By the end of her testimony, even Sen.
Grassley suggested in a tweet that a committee vote could be further delayed. They're afraid that they're going to get shamed in our society.
The sender of the complaint described an evening apparently involving Kavanaugh, her own daughter and several friends in 1998. He has denied all of the accusations, but it remained unclear how the dramatic testimony by Ford and Kavanaugh would affect his prospects.
"She didn't seem in it for gain", said Pierman, who lives in the suburbs of Cleveland.
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Constand's was the only case that was within the statute of limitations, and is so far the only criminal case filed against him. He could eventually be sent to a state prison that has separate units for geriatric prisoners and programs for sex offenders.
Ford was probed for more than four hours by senators and prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, an expert in investigating sex crimes who was selected by Republicans.
Graham added: "Boy, y'all want power and I hope you don't get it". "I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school".
"Here's what I'm more convinced of - the friends on the other side set it up to be just the way it is", Graham said.
At times, Kavanaugh's frustrations boiled over.
Mr Kavanaugh's testimony will nearly certainly deepen the partisan divides already tearing the nation apart.
Meanwhile, Republicans on the panel asserted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation did not need to investigate the allegations because the committee was conducting an inquiry into them.
The 51-year-old recounted her allegations to the Senate Judiciary Committee and a riveted nation in a drama that threatens to derail Mr Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. Kavanaugh is testifying later Thursday. With Election Day barely five weeks away and some voters already casting early ballots, Kavanaugh's case will play out in the court of public opinion.
"This confirmation process has become a national disgrace", Kavanaugh said with anger.