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The hearing starts at 10 a.m. He interrupted senators and dismissed some questions with a flippant "whatever".

"Time will tell", he said, "and I think it's important for people to hear both sides". She said of the incident that she had feared Kavanaugh would rape and accidentally kill her, and that he and Mark Judge, his friend, were "drunkenly laughing during the attack".

Blasey Ford said she managed to escape when Judge jumped on the bed, sending them all toppling. Both boys were inebriated, she said. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) sought to have Kavanaugh himself request the investigation from the White House.

A third woman, Julie Swetnick, has also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Control of the Senate hangs in the balance; a Democratic takeover could block any future Trump nominees.

Since Ford's accusations, at least two other women have come forward with similar accusations. Dianne Feinstein of California, asked Ford how she could be sure that Kavanaugh was the attacker, Ford said, "The same way I'm sure I'm talking to you right now". But he reiterated he still believes Kavanaugh's nomination will ultimately be successful and said that he had not even thought about a new nominee if the vote on Kavanaugh fails.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said before the Judiciary Committee vote that the administration believes "things are moving in the right direction" for Kavanaugh's confirmation and that the White House is continuing to engage with undecided senators. She first used science to describe how she was certain that Kavanaugh was the boy who sexually assaulted her.

Monica Nicodemus, his wife, said that watching the morning's testimony, "you could definitely tell that Miss Ford was going through a lot of pain and suffering".

But it's not just Kavanaugh's words that matter - it's the optics.

The biggest prize is the Supreme Court, where Kavanaugh would become the fifth solidly conservative justice.

Kavanaugh had been stilted and overly programmed prior to Thursday, including in his initial round of Senate hearings and in an interview with Fox News earlier in the week. The Democrats have chosen to question Kavanaugh and Ford directly.

The judiciary panel's 11 Republicans - all men - let Rachel Mitchell, a veteran sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona, ask their questions. And little is known about how she plans to approach the hearing.

Ford also claimed she had been unaware of committee Republicans' offers, which were communicated publicly and to her attorneys, to fly out to California to meet with her so that they could expedite the hearings.

Senators handing their responsibility off to someone else, as the GOP has in this case, is highly unusual.

It was similar in OR, where Republican challenger Knute Buehler called for an FBI investigation into Ford's charges while Democratic Gov. Kate Brown said Kavanaugh's nomination should be rejected.

Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., also praised Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh's teetering grasp on winning confirmation was evident Wednesday when Sen.

Graham "may have just done more than a Trump rally to rally the base", said NBC's Chuck Todd.

"I mean, she doesn't always vote the way I want her to, but she votes the way Maine wants her to, which is what her job is", he said. "I will have to listen to the testimony before I make up my mind about the testimony".

Democrats rallied around Dr. Ford on Thursday, casting her as a reputable and credible witness.

How will Democrats question Kavanaugh?

Repeatedly Democrats asked Kavanaugh to call for an FBI investigation into the claims.

Sanders tweeted that Graham "has more decency and courage than every Democrat member of the committee combined".

The finding came up a few times during yesterday's hearing.

Thursday will be different.

The source went on to say, "Manchin likes Kavanaugh and has always wanted to find a way to support him". Democrats are likely to grill Kavanaugh on all of their allegations and the corroborations from some of their friends and classmates, as well as his drinking habits in high school and college.

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