Both Kavanaugh and Judge have denied the allegations. Republicans, therefore, are anxious to get to the climactic vote, while Democrats insist there should be a time-out to investigate the women's allegations. I told my husband before we were married that I had experienced a sexual assault.
Trump himself has faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. On the eve of the hearing, Mr. Trump said his own history of being accused of sexual assault informed his views.
At the same time, Trump said he was skeptical because he personally had been the target of "false charges" by various women.
On Sept. 24, the committee said that staff interviewed "a man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of his complaint". He and his friend shut her in a room and turned up the music to hide her protests as he assaulted her and covered her mouth to stifle her screams.
"No federal judge, not a single one in the country, has sent more women law clerks to clerk on the Supreme Court than I have".
Gardner said in a statement Wednesday evening that his Denver office received the letter on Monday, and it "contained no names, no address, and no contact info".
She added that over time she convinced herself that because she was not raped, she should just pretend the assault didn't happen.
In her written testimony submitted Wednesday, Ford pushed back against Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans who have cast her as part of a smear campaign meant to thwart Kavanaugh's confirmation. But when it became clear Kavanaugh would likely be named to the court, she said she faced a hard choice. "I would be interesting to hear what she has to say", Trump said.
She did not identify the individuals directly involved in those assaults.
"This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone", he said in a statement.
Earl Thomas out Friday for personal reasons, may not play Sunday
Nevertheless, an unrepentant Thomas told reporters after the win, "I need to make sure my body is 100 [percent]". Dallas reportedly already offered a second-round pick for Thomas, but the Seahawks wanted more.
"Take it from the commander in chief himself, who said of a day steeped in political, legal and judicial consequences: 'I think it's going to be a very, very, important day in the history of our country, ' President Donald Trump said in NY on Wednesday evening".
Reuters was not immediately able to verify her accusations.
The room was quiet during her testimony, besides the occasional click of a camera, and the steady tapping of reporters' on their keyboards.
He also provided the committee with detailed calendar pages listing in green-and-white squares the activities that filled his summer of 1982 when he was 17 years old - exams, movies, sports and plenty of parties.
Avenatti responded on Twitter, calling Trump "a habitual liar and complete narcissist".
Outside the US Capitol, pro- and anti-Kavanaugh demonstrators gathered as senators pondered the fate of a nominee who could impact the balance of the top US court for decades. Kavanaugh told staffers they did not take place, and nobody has come forward to speak publicly about them.
The Republicans have a slim 51 to 49 majority in the Senate, which they could lose in midterm elections in November. 'It's a job interview for Judge Kavanaugh'.
With the high-stakes hearing for his Supreme Court nominee underway, President Donald Trump is meeting with diplomats at the United Nations.
Before Ms Ford began, committee chairman Chuck Grassley defended the Republicans' handling of the confirmation proceedings so far.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Friday morning on Kavanaugh's nomination, unless Republicans decide to postpone it.
The pitched battle over Kavanaugh added to perceptions of Washington as paralyzed by partisan rancor.