Senate panel voting Friday morning on Kavanaugh


Ten days after the allegations that rocked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's path to confirmation first arose, Christine Blasey Ford came before the Senate Judiciary Committee - and the country - for a day filled with emotional testimony, first from her, and then from the man she accused of sexually assaulting her more than three decades ago when they were both in high school.

After more than four hours, here are the six moments that will shape Americans' memory of the historic hearing. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked her what she remembered. Dianne Feinstein, reprised their public debate over the process that led to the hearing. Durbin said that if the committee subpoenaed Judge to testify, lawmakers could get answers on some of the specifics of the event that Ford said she could not recall. Orrin Hatch had, that Ford was "mixed up" over what happened.

"This is the most unethical sham since I've been in politics", said Sen.

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".

"I am here today not because I want to be", she said early on, her voice trembling at times.

"I intend to vote for you and I hope everybody who is fair-minded will", he told Mr Kavanaugh.

She describes being at a small gathering of high school students in Maryland in 1982 when she was allegedly forced into an upstairs bedroom by two boys she identified as Kavanaugh and Mark Judge.

"He began running his hands over my body and grinding his hips into me". "I was pushed onto the bed and Brett got on top of me". "I think a lot of senators will be given good reason to vote yes", White House spokesman Raj Shah told TIME.

The heated exchange during a recess in the a high-stakes hearing where Ford vividly and repeatedly testified to her experience, addressing questions from Mitchell and Senate Democrats.

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"I definitely saw the rape culture in action when I was an undergrad at Yale", said Paterson, whose time at the university did not overlap with when Kavanaugh was there.

But Democrats like Sen.

"The uproarious laughter between the two and they're having fun at my expense", she said, her voice quaking.

Asked by if he is confident that Kavanaugh can advance out of the committee, he said, "I am optimistic, yes". "They respect what I've done", Trump said at the press conference.

Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Ford are the only witnesses invited to give evidence before the panel.

Kavanaugh used his opening statement to both attack Democrats who he says are targeting him and refute all of the particulars of the allegations lodged against him.

The outcome largely sits where it has for weeks - on the shoulders of the few Republican senators who have not indicated how they will vote: Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jeff Flake of Arizona. "And you have to address that one issue only asking two questions", he said.

Trump responded immediately after the hearing with an endorsement of Kavanaugh and a call to confirm him.

Kavanaugh himself has explicitly said he is not questioning whether Ford had been attacked "by someone, at some point". The hearing, played on televisions, rang through the West Wing of the White House as Trump flew back from NY - with the televisions on Air Force One tuned to the proceedings.