Kavanaugh assault accuser feared he would ‘rape’ her

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"I just want the facts to come out, and I want it to be just, and I want the American people to have those facts and judge for themselves".

On Wednesday, lawyer Michael Avenatti posted testimony by a woman who said she witnessed Kavanaugh drinking heavily at parties and engaging in "abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls" as a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s. But both Harth and Bloom have denied that the financial assistance had any affect on the veracity of her claim, which was first made in 1997. Women voters have already been abandoning the Republican Party amid a series of controversies during Trump's presidency, polls show.

A committee vote on Kavanaugh's nomination is set for Friday, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said. The U.S. Capitol was hushed, as senators and aides huddled in offices, watching. "I also look forward to what Judge Kavanaugh has to say.

They know it is a big fat con job", Trump said.

"[Unnamed] recently realized that one of the men was Brett Kavanaugh when she saw Kavanaugh's high school yearbook photo on television over the weekend". Then Kavanaugh will testify.

Republicans have hired an outside attorney, Phoenix prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, to handle much of their questioning. In 2014 she won a 30-year sentence for a Scottsdale church volunteer who admitted molesting children in his care as a baby sitter and camp counselor.

Other Republicans also stressed that they are coming into the hearing with open minds.

"When they left the bar (under the influence of alcohol) they were all shocked when Brett Kavanaugh", the letter read, "shoved her friend up against the wall very aggressively and sexually".

Ford said it took her years to say anything about the alleged assault to anyone.

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That increases the pressure on a handful of colleagues who haven't yet said whether they back Kavanaugh: Republican Sens. Flake's Federal Bureau of Investigation deal could mean a weeklong delay in final Senate action on the nomination.

"Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes", her statement said. She said he put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams. "I would be interesting to hear what she has to say", Trump said. "I think it's going to be a very important day in the history of our country".

In the committee's packed hearing room for hour upon hour Thursday, both Kavanaugh and Ford said the alleged assault and the storm of controversy that has erupted 36 years later had altered their lives forever and for the worse - perhaps the only thing they agreed on during their separate testimony marked by a stark contrast of tone and substance. "I never met these people".

"Sometimes I had too many beers", he acknowledged. "I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school".

This time, because of more limited seating, any protesters would have limited ability to disrupt the proceedings.

The committee also released a summary of its work that noted its staff had spoken to two different men who believe they "had the encounter" with Ford, rather than Kavanaugh.

On the other side, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said Kavanaugh should withdraw his nomination.

NOW: Grassley, 85, chairs the Judiciary Committee and is in charge of Thursday's hearing.

Ford's accusation isn't the only one against Kavanaugh. They continued to insist that Senate Republicans should get the FBI to conduct an investigation into the allegations, and they still want Mark Judge ― the booze-loving friend of Kavanaugh's who allegedly witnessed Blasey's assault ― to testify.

"It's ridiculous. Total twilight zone". Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island received a phone call Tuesday morning "making allegations concerning a rape on a boat in August of 1985", according to transcripts of a call between committee staff and Kavanaugh released Wednesday to the media.