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In one declaration, Adela Gildo-Mazzon - who has known Ford over ten years and calls her a "good friend" - says Ford told her about the alleged assault in June 2013, at a restaurant in Mountain View, California.

Trump described Kavanaugh as a "gem" who had been unfairly maligned.

The sharp exchanges on the Senate floor came one day after Kavanaugh appeared on US cable television to refute all allegations of sexual misconduct.

Borger noted that Murkowski feels it's "important to remember if the FBI investigates these allegations, that it would be part of a continuation of the multiple background checks the Federal Bureau of Investigation has already conducted". She can respond directly to the hired gun's queries or slide by them, as Kavanaugh did so often in the confirmation hearing. The committee has tentatively scheduled a Friday vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

Said Trump: "They could have pushed it through two and a half weeks ago and you wouldn't be talking about it right now, which is frankly what I would have preferred".

She says she was the victim of a gang rape in 1982 at a party attended by the judge.

An attorney for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says there is no dispute that he drank in high school and college. The psychology professor has said she can not remember exactly when and where the alleged incident took place.

Kavanaugh, a judicial conservative and Trump's second Supreme Court pick, was nominated to fill the vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.

US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his house as US Marshalls try to hide him from cameras with an umbrella in Chevy Chase, Maryland, US, September 25, 2018. The documents are meant to show committee members that Ford did discuss the incident long before contacting lawmakers in July after Trump nominated Kavanaugh.

In testimony released in advance of the hearing, Kavanaugh denied all the allegations against him but said he was "not perfect" during his high school days. We talked at night as freshman roommates do and I would see him as he returned from nights out with his friends.

"I think we'll all be here all weekend", said Sen.

Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, a former Yale University classmate, has said that the nominee once exposed himself to her at a dormitory party in the 1980s.

Kavanaugh, in Rare Interview, Denies Sex-Assault Allegations, Says He Won’t Withdraw
Hatch, asked by reporters if Ford's allegations were phony, said, "I think she's honest , at least I hope so". The year-old #MeToo movement against sexual harassment also has politicians wary of angering women voters.

It also appears that Kavanaugh got into trouble with his parents from time to time.

His nomination and the claims of sexual misconduct have stirred up women and liberal voters whose antipathy to Republicans has already been heightened by Trump's policies and his own fraught history of alleged sexual transgressions.

Continetti noted that the New York Times reported that it did not publish its story on the second allegation because it could not corroborate Ramirez's claims.

But there are signs he may be losing ground with some key Republicans...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) calling an experienced prosecutor a "female assistant" probably isn't doing his party any favors to prove Republicans know how to respect women. Several Republican senators have said they won't decide how to vote on Kavanaugh until after the hearing.

Murkowski has previously encouraged careful consideration of testimony from Ford as well as Kavanaugh.

'I think it is disgusting what the Democrats have done, ' the president raged.

"Christine expressed anger at Mr. Turner's lenient sentence, stating that she was particularly bothered by it because she was assaulted in high school by a man who was now a federal judge in Washington, D.C.", Koegler said.

Trump, who himself faced allegations of sexual misconduct during the 2016 presidential campaign, again accused Democrats of "a con game" and praised how Republicans have handled Ford's allegation.

What could lead almost a dozen Republican senators (including noted talkers like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee) to give up a privilege - asking questions of witnesses in a VERY high profile setting - they clearly cherish?

Kavanaugh and his first accuser Christine Blasey Ford are set to testify about the allegations before a Senate panel on Thursday morning.

The choice of veteran attorney Rachel Mitchell to ask the questions represents a stiff challenge to Ford, who will be stepping into a global spotlight to tell her story at a quintessential moment of American history.