The boys' laughter was "indelible in the hippocampus", she said, using her scientific expertise to describe how memories are stored in the brain and adding, "It's locked in there".
The August 7 examination, held in a Maryland Hilton Hotel, consisted of a one-page, handwritten statement by Ford, an interview and two questions: Is any part of your statement false?
"I look forward to what she has to say", Trump said.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, and he's set to address the committee later Thursday.
Even before Prof. Blasey Ford's testimony, the Republican majority on the committee scheduled a vote on the nomination for Friday and are pushing for a vote of the full Senate on his nomination next week. It is expected to resume around 3 p.m.
Later, the judiciary committee said it had received a fourth allegation, this time in a letter from an anonymous source who said their daughter and others had witnessed Kavanaugh physically assault a woman while intoxicated in Washington in 1998, shoving her "up against the wall very aggressively and sexually".
Trump dismissed the allegations against Kavanaugh as a "big fat con job" orchestrated by Democrats.
Kavanaugh has also been accused of sexual misconduct by Deborah Ramirez, who told The New Yorker Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a party at Yale University. The nominee has vehemently denied all of the allegations ahead of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing coming up on Thursday where one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, will also testify to senators.
"In approximately 1982, I became the victim of one of these "gang" or "train" rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present", she said, mentioning the name of a close friend of Kavanaugh. He repeated that formulation when talking about coaching his daughters in basketball.
The 51-year-old mom from Palo Alto, California, was asked by Democratic Sen.
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Kavanaugh, who released a calender that he says exonerates of him the crimes, said in a Fox News interview that he has always respected women and was a virgin at the time of the accusations.
"This was a disaster for the Republicans", Wallace said after the first break in testimony. "You get confused and you don't understand it but you never forget what happened to you".
Dr. Ford opened with an emotional, tearful recount of the alleged sexual attack by Kavanaugh.
"I've cleared the calendar and I'm going to watch every word of the hearing", said Republican Sen. However, Ford said she saw his name on a list of potential nominees and thought it was her civic duty to give information, so she sent a message to her Congressional representative and an encrypted message to the Washington Post's tip line. "People want fame, they want money, they want whatever".
Ford, in prepared remarks submitted to the committee, alleges that Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes when they were teens.
Ford said that in the weeks leading up to Thursday's hearing, she struggled with a choice: "Do I share the facts with the Senate and put myself and my family in the public spotlight?"
"It is not my responsibility to determine whether Mr Kavanaugh deserves to sit on the supreme court".
"Why can't that person be questioned vigorously?" The committee did not say what came of those conversations.
As a student of confirmation fights going back decades, Kavanaugh would also be aware that if it is a draw, if neither he nor Ford is markedly more convincing, it could fall back on senators' own personal political calculations, a mix of factors against the backdrop of the national #MeToo movement but more importantly the atmosphere in their states and their own political prospects.