Trump's top court pick, accuser to face high-stakes hearing

Sen. John Barrasso R-Wyo. right leads Sen. Susan Collins R-Maine followed by Sen. Rob Portman R-Ohio through a crowd of reporters after a Republican lunch meeting on Capitol Hill on Wednesday

Third accuser deepens Sen. Collins' quandary over Kavanaugh on eve of critical hearing

"I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty", she said, according to prepared remarks she released Wednesday. That Republicans "could have pushed it through two weeks ago, and we wouldn't be talking about this right now, which is what I would have preferred".

'The event took place on a 36-foot maroon and white boat in the harbor at Newport, Rhode Island, after the three had met at a local bar, ' according to a summary from Whitehouse's office that investigators read to Kavanaugh.

"Brett's assault on me drastically altered my life", she will say.

Kavanaugh categorically denied Swetnick's claims.

The caller alleged that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, while 'heavily inebriated, ' had committed a rape on a boat on a Sunday morning in August 1985. I tried to yell for help. "It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me", Ford said.

The 51-year-old psychology professor said she "agonized daily" over whether or not she should come forward.

Two other women have since come forward with additional accusations.

"I think it's important that we distinguish between what's legitimate and serious and what clearly seems less so".

It appears that the Senate Judiciary Committee is live streaming the Brett Kavanaugh hearing on their website.

She added that since The Washington Post published its story she has experienced "an outpouring of support from people in every state of this country".

I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford.

Senate Democrats asked Ford questions after testimony, but Senate Republicans allowed their time to be used for questions from Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell.

Mr Kavanaugh's written evidence for the committee went a bit further than the description of his youthful behaviour he gave in a Fox News Channel interview on Monday, when he said "people" may have drunk too much at high school parties.

Christine Blasey Ford takes a polygraph exam on her allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. The panel has set a vote for Friday on Kavanaugh's confirmation and the full Senate could vote as early as Tuesday.

While she had told her husband before they were married that she had been sexually assaulted, she never told anyone the details until May 2012 during a couple's counseling session. I don't know what they're referring to, ' he said.

While Mr Trump pledged to listen to the testimony of Mr Kavanaugh's accuser and even said he was open to changing his mind about his nominee, he made clear that he was deeply sceptical of these types of accusations. On Wednesday, Avenatti released an explosive letter which he sent to Mike Davis, the Chief Counsel for Nominations on the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and all the Judiciary Committee's Democrats have called on Kavanaugh to withdraw in light of the allegations, and said if he does not, an FBI investigation is needed before any Senate confirmation vote.

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