Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz on Thursday urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation until the FBI investigates the sexual misconduct claims against him.
Testifying in the afternoon after Ford, Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations. Kavanaugh, now 53, has denied them all and awaited his own chance to testify later Thursday.
While it has become common for senators to engage in partisan jousting over judicial nominations, Kavanaugh took an unusual path for a nominee in tying himself so closely with President Trump and the GOP. Also, in the rumor mill, several Democrats may break ranks and back Kavanaugh.
And the lawyer for Ford's friend, Leland Ingham Keyser, said in a statement: "Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, without, Dr. Ford". She said he put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams, and testified, "I believed he was going to rape me".
Democrats have rallied strongly behind Ms Ford.
Asked by Patrick Leahy of Vermont for her strongest memory of the alleged incident, Ford mentioned the two boys' "laughter - the uproarious laughter between the two and having fun at my expense".
The use of the word by a professional in psychology like Ford is not unsurprising.
'Twas the night before a scheduled vote on pushing Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to the Senate.
"It's up to the president of the United States and his failure to ask for an FBI investigation amounts to a cover-up", he said. Lindsey O. Graham of SC, who called the proceedings an "unethical sham" and boomed that any Republican who voted against Kavanaugh was "legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics".
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He said that in such a situation voters would not be choosing between Labour and Conservative but would be voting to establish a strong government.
"I'm telling the truth", said Kavanaugh.
In a statement tweeted by WXIN-TV's Dan Spehler, Young said he was "not persuaded that Judge Kavanaugh was involved in this alleged incident 36 years ago".
We will be covering events as they unfold during the day.
When Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., pressed him to request an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, Kavanaugh said he'd do whatever the committee wished and repeatedly refused to change that position. But under the committee's procedures, the career prosecutor was limited to five minutes at a time, interspersed between Democrats' questions, creating a choppy effect as she tried piecing together the story. And it still lacked evidence, witnesses, and other corroborating details.
Ms Feinstein criticised Republicans who have rejected Democratic demands to slow Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation process and let the FBI investigate all the allegations, saying: "What I don't understand is the rush to judgment".
A Republican senator, John Cornyn of Texas, said he "found no reason to find (Blasey Ford) not credible".
A third woman, Julie Swetnick, has also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
There's not much doubt what Kavanaugh will say about Ford. "That is what binds us to the rule of law", said Flake.
Conway claimed that once Kavanaugh is on the court, "he will call the balls and strikes" fairly, as he has for more than a decade. The father of two daughters said one of his girls said they should "pray for the woman" accusing him.
In her three hours of testimony, Ford's tone was polite but firm as she detailed her accusations but offered no major new revelations.