Trump shaken by Ford, but backs Kavanaugh after hearing

Handwritten note on Kavanaugh, Ford hearing room table: 'Good luck, Dr. Ford'

Handwritten note on Kavanaugh, Ford hearing room table: 'Good luck, Dr. Ford'

The president of Georgetown Prep, the Rev. James R. Van Dyke, has said the controversy over Ford's accusations has compelled the school to "evaluate our school culture" and redouble efforts to help students develop a healthy understanding of masculinity.

Christine Blasey Ford will testify, in a highly anticipated Senate hearing Thursday, that she believed Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh was going to rape her at a high school house party in 1982.

The confirmation process of 53-year-old Kavanaugh has found itself in jeopardy after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him as a teenager from a number of women. She told the senators she was "terrified" to testify but felt it was her civic duty to come forward. "Don't look away from me", she said.

Before the Senate hearing on Thursday, Ford had never appeared on camera, and was only depicted in news media reports with a grainy photo lifted from the internet.

The Republican Party posted online videos of women supporting Kavanaugh throughout Ford's testimony.

"I just wanted to let you know I'm very sorry", Mitchell said.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from North Dakota, also said she needs time to decide how she will vote. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked Ford at the hearing.

She is the third woman to have accused Kavanaugh with sexual assault.

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America in July had endorsed Kavanaugh on the grounds that he might have provided the Supreme Court with the vote needed to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Murkowski, one of the three moderate Republican senators who have not announced whether or not they will support Kavanaugh, told Reuters: "I find Dr. Ford's testimony to be credible".

"There is no question that Judge Kavanaugh is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and in a different political environment, he would be confirmed overwhelmingly", Sen.

Ford went public with her allegations against Kavanaugh on September 16, after Sen.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are hoping to hold another phone conversation with Judge Kavauaugh on Wednesday to quiz him about Ms Swetnick's allegations.

Durbin was forceful in his assertion that Mark Judge, whom Ford alleges was also present and participated in the accused assault, should provide testimony of his own before the committee.

Manchin is up for re-election this fall in a state Donald Trump won overwhelmingly and supported Trump's last Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Through a spokeswoman, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Kavanaugh's nomination should not proceed without a full investigation of the allegations. Republicans see her as a Democratic swing vote and have been pushing for her to confirm Kavanaugh.

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