Christine Blasey Ford 'terrified,' as questions abound

"I am no one's pawn", she testified, before going on to detail her allegation that Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her at a gathering more than three decades ago.

President Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans have cast Ford's allegation as part of a Democratic smear campaign meant to thwart Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Thursday, Kavanaugh is set to testify in a hearing that will also feature Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who has said he sexually assaulted her while he was drunk at a party in their high school years.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations by Ford and two other women who have come forward.

Ford began her testimony by describing the anxiety accompanying her appearance before the committee. Swetnick also says she herself was a victim of one of the gang rapes and was "incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me". Kavanaugh's ascendance to the high court could help lock in a conservative majority for a generation, shaping dozens of rulings on abortion, regulation, the environment and more. The reason? Republicans feared the hearing becoming a spectacle. Asked about her possible testimony, Trump on Tuesday said she "had nothing".

Two affidavits, from Ms Ford's husband Russell Ford and from the coach of their son's baseball team, say Ms Ford named Mr Kavanaugh as the alleged assailant.

"When you are guilty until proven innocent it's just not supposed to be that way", he said.

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

Republicans largely expressed confidence in Kavanaugh, emerging from a closed-door lunch with Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday to say the nominee remained on track for confirmation.

Kavanaugh had already been accused by Christine Blasey Ford of sexually assaulting her at a high school house party in the early 1980s when he was 17 and she was 15. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, requested to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation vote because of allegations against him from a then-anonymous woman.

During the free-wheeling news conference, Trump continued to lash out at Democrats and label the allegations against Kavanaugh politically motivated.

During a question-and-answer period after an address to first-year law students at Georgetown University in Washington, Ginsburg was asked if there was anything she was excited or disappointed about regarding the current women's movement. "I don't know who this is and this never happened".

Senate Republicans chose Rachel Mitchell, a sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona, to conduct the questioning, according to the Wall Street Journal. She said he was also verbally abusive and would make "crude, sexual comments" to girls in order to "demean, humiliate, and embarrass them".

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegation. The vote to confirm Kavanaugh is now scheduled for Friday.

Collins said senators should hear from Judge. I never had any sexual or physical encounter of any kind with Dr Ford.

One of the men was interviewed twice by committee staff.

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