Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testify before Senators — CBS SPECIAL REPORT

"Dr. Blasey Ford's accusations against Brett Kavanaugh are credible and extremely disturbing, and Governor Hogan should display the courage of fellow Republicans like John Kasich and Charlie Baker, who are calling on Senate Republicans to delay a vote on his nomination", she said. "But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget".

Rather than questioning the two witnesses themselves, senators can yield the five minutes they're each allotted to an independent counsel, Rachel Mitchell, a career prosecutor experienced in handling sex crimes who was enlisted by the committee's Republicans.

Trump's comments about his accusers drew swift reaction from an attorney for Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump's reality TV show "The Apprentice", who says Trump made unwanted advances toward her, then defamed her by saying she lied about it. "But if you want to introduce her, I'd be glad to have you do that, but I want you to know I didn't forget to do that because I would do that just as she was about to speak". Her nerves were evident, and her voice cracked during her testimony. "And their having fun at my expense", Ford responded, adding, "They were laughing with each other". Asked how she was sure it was Kavanaugh, she replied, "The same way that I am sure that I am talking to you right now. I am innocent of this charge".

"I lament how this hearing has come about", Grassley said in his initial remarks. Ford says she eventually escaped.

"There is strength in numbers", she said. "This is a job interview for Brett Kavanaugh", Feinstein said, asking, "Is he the best we can do?"

The high-stakes hearing could determine Kavanaugh's chances of securing the lifetime post on the country's top court. Her statement includes a series of other serious allegations that CNN has not yet been able to corroborate. Mrs Ford claims that a friend of Mr Kavanaugh's, Mark Judge, was in the room and that he eventually jumped on them, allowing her to flee the room. Democratic Senator Richard Durbin asked Dr Ford. He said they expect to release additional names and evidence in "coming weeks". I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes.

The allegations come from Julie Swetnick, who attended Gaithersburg High School in Maryland.

All four documents say that Ms Ford revealed the information well before President Donald Trump nominated Mr Kavanaugh to the high court in July.

Kavanaugh has denied both of the allegations.

Republicans have been hoping to win confirmation for Kavanaugh by early next week.

Speaking Wednesday during a press conference, Trump said the allegations against Kavanaugh "are all false to me".

Careful not to alienate female voters ahead of the November mid-term elections, Trump has been relatively measured in his responses to the allegations against his nominee.

Kavanaugh also stands accused of exposing himself to a classmate, Deborah Ramirez, causing her to touch him without consent, during an alcohol-fueled Yale University party a few years later.

Grassley (R-Iowa) tried to poke holes in Christine Blasey Ford's story even before she had shared it.

Republicans hold a 51-49 advantage in the Senate and can't afford more than one defection to ensure confirmation without Democratic support. Hill did not say it had to be the Federal Bureau of Investigation - as many Democrats and Ford herself have called for - Hill did say it needed to be a "neutral body".

Hatch has been a strong defender of Kavanaugh and has scowled off and on as the hearing has gone on.

The hearing kicks off at 10 AM ET and Ford is first up.

"We've got enough screens throughout the office that we'll keep the news on, or if it's a sporting event, we'll air it", Parker said. "This is what traumatized me the most and had the most lasting impact on my life". Republicans from OR and Vermont voted against Thomas.

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