The formal vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation will likely take place early next week. He angrily denied her allegation, alternating a loud, defiant tone with near tears of his own, particularly when discussing his family.
Ford, her voice sometimes cracking with emotion, appeared in public for the first time to detail her allegations against Kavanaugh. "The Senate must vote!"
Immediately following an aggressive line of questioning by Illinois Democratic Sen. She has sought an FBI investigation into it.
He also took issue with the notion of waiting for an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.
"In high school she was a bright, amusing teen navigating the hard-partying private school circuit who went on to her pursuit of an insular career as a West Coast academic".
So although Grassley and Kavanaugh are correct that the Federal Bureau of Investigation might only serve as a gold-plated transcription service in this case, the completeness of those transcripts might exceed the body of evidence that now exists - and it would be evidence obtained from witnesses who could be prosecuted if they lied to the feds.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley noted the timing on Senate vote was up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "The uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense", Ford said, referring to Brett Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, who she says was in the room.
The committee comprises 11 Republicans and 10 Democrats.
The judge repeatedly refused to answer senators' questions about the hard-party atmosphere that has been described from his peer group at Georgetown Prep and Yale, treating them dismissively. "When they left the bar (under the influence of alcohol) they were all shocked when Brett Kavanaugh shoved her friend up against the wall very aggressively and sexually".
If this is one of their last stands, in Kavanaugh's fiery speech to the Senate, they found an ally.
"If Senate Republicans proceed with his nomination, they will be prioritizing policy aims over a woman's report of an assault", the America magazine editors wrote. The Senate already has been reviewing his case for weeks.
"It is not my responsibility to determine whether Mr Kavanaugh deserves to sit on the Supreme Court", Ms Ford, a California psychology professor, is to tell the senators.
During the free-wheeling news conference, Mr Trump continued to lash out at Democrats and label the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh politically motivated.
When the committee's top Democrat, Sen.
One difference is what the people involved are willing to say now. Ford testified before the committee on Thursday, alleging that Kavanaugh pinned her down and tried to remove her clothing at a high school party more than 36 years ago. In particular, many pointed to the fact that Kavanaugh said she had a fear of flying due to her claustrophobia and anxiety, but admitted to Mitchell that she had travelled to Washington D.C. for the hearing by plane and had also been on a plane numerous times before to go on vacation. Kavanaugh has said he will not ask the White House to request one, and Grassley argues that one isn't necessary.