Kavanaugh protest deeply personal for Ford supporters



Democrats are pushing committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to subpoena Mark Judge, the Kavanaugh friend who Ford says was in the room with him when she was assaulted.

The Democratic senators will have free reign to ask questions.

Regarding other allegations - some of which have been anonymous - that have come to the committee since Ford came forward, Kavanaugh has called some of them "ridiculous", his supporters tell CNN.

White House officials believe Kavanaugh's passionate denials of Ford's claims, including the judge's tearful description of the impact the accusations had on his family, met the challenge.

The announcement to keep the current schedule comes fewer than two hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped its day-long, blockbuster hearing of Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

Allegations by other women followed those by Ford.

"I am here today not because I want to be", she said early on, her voice trembling at times.

His testimony "had key gaps in substance and credibility", said Senator Richard Blumenthal, and his frequent, angry outbursts "raised questions about his temperament".

In the opening statement, Kavanaugh denied Ford's allegations and choked up when discussing his daughter telling him that they should pray for her, among several other times. "I am a fiercely independent person and I am no one's pawn", she said.

Ford said she remembered the boys laughing - a noise, she said on Thursday, that has been seared into her memory for 36 years.

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Trump reportedly phoned Kavanaugh ahead of Thursday's hearing and urged him to push back forcefully, and many observers interpreted Kavanaugh's aggressive testimony as intended for the president.

The Hawaii senator also sent a fundraising email while the hearing was in session, prompting criticism that she was trying to use Ford's testimony to help her re-election campaign.

Recipient: Christine Blasey Ford wrote to Anna Eshoo, Christine Ford's local congresswoman, a Democrat, describing her account of being attacked by Brett Kavanaugh.

"People were responding to her very strongly", Jackson said, although he also cautioned that it measured posts on Twitter and Facebook and was not a representation of total public sentiment.

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

Durbin later brought up Ford's testimony, during which she said that she ran into Judge at a local supermarket six to eight weeks after the alleged assault.

"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter", said Ford, now a psychology professor in Northern California.

There are now 43 Republicans who have pledged their vote to Kavanaugh, seven short of the 50 votes needed in the Senate.

'Once the press started reporting on the existence of the letter I had sent to Senator Feinstein, I faced mounting pressure, ' said Ford. Echoing Ford, he said he was "100 percent certain" he did not commit the assault. The format is such that she only gets five minutes at a time, to supplant the five minutes that the Republican senator in line for questioning would get, before it's time for a Democrat to question the witness.

Julie Swetnick said in a statement released by her lawyer that the events took place at parties she attended while a high school student in suburban Maryland.

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