Dianne Feinstein, the panel's top Democrat, in the midst of her opening statement at Thursday's hearing on Christine Blasey Ford's allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a sign of the partisan tension that has surrounded the hearing.
In testimony prepared for Thursday's Senate hearing, Kavanaugh acknowledges drinking in high school with his friends, but says he's never done anything "remotely resembling" the sexual misconduct alleged by his chief accuser. A spokesman for committee Chairman Sen.
In a weird confirmation process, which now includes accusations of high school rape parties, much will hang on the testimony given by Kavanaugh and Ford on Thursday.
Kavanaugh, whose nomination was in serious jeopardy after bombshell new accusations by another woman emerged Wednesday charging that the judge engaged in sexually abusive behavior when he was a teenager, has vehemently denied the allegations.
"I have to believe that they are", Scott said Thursday. "This is a shameful way to treat our witness, who insisted on confidentiality, and Judge Kavanaugh, who has had to address these allegations in the midst of a media circus".
Both Democrats and Republicans were on the call but on the latter party were allowed to ask questions. Hill did not say it had to be the Federal Bureau of Investigation - as many Democrats and Ford herself have called for - Hill did say it needed to be a "neutral body". "My responsibility is to tell the truth", she added, adding that she was "terrified" to testify but that she considered it her "civic duty" to relate the details of the incident. She will be asked questions by the 21 senators on the committee. I waited and when I did not hear them come back up the stairs, I left the bathroom, went down the same stairwell, through the living room and left the house.
"Every woman of my vintage has not just one story but many stories, but we thought there was nothing you could do about it - boys will be boys - so just find a way to get out of it", said Ginsburg, 85.
Second accuser in standoff with GOP over Kavanaugh testimony
Ramirez's attorneys provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with any evidence that they have before we move to the next steps". A major slip-up could endanger Kavanaugh's confirmation and create political pain for the GOP in the midterm elections.
Trump and some other Republicans described the allegations as part of a last-minute "smear" campaign, though the president indicated that he will be paying close attention to the hearing.
"And he's been treated very unfairly by the Democrats", Trump said Wednesday. Another noted: "OK. I've never sexually assaulted anyone but if I did and someone else was accused I don't think I'd say, 'hey, I think I'm your guy'". In fact, President Donald Trump himself intervened in the whole situation claiming that Ford should have launched her accusations before. She says they thrust her into an upstairs bedroom at the house and locked the door. USA TODAY was not able to independently vet the claims.
"I tried to yell for help", Ford testified.
That means that a handful of moderate Republican senators who have not announced whether or not they support Mr Kavanaugh could determine his fate.
The New York Times said the information concerned "possible sexual misconduct" dating to the 1980s, when the 53-year-old Kavanaugh was in high school.
She says she witnessed Kavanaugh "drink excessively and engage in highly inappropriate conduct, including being overly aggressive with girls and not taking "No" for an answer".