That left senators to decide whether the long day tipped their confirmation votes for or against Trump's nominee in a deeply partisan fight with the future of the high court and possibly control of Congress in the balance. After huddling in the Capitol, senators said the Judiciary Committee will hold a Friday morning vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh for confirmation.
And because the president would have to call for the Federal Bureau of Investigation background check to be reopened, which would ultimately delay Kavanaugh's vote, that step remains unlikely.
He added: "It's possible that I'll hear that and I'll say I'm changing my mind". "This grotesque and coordinated character assassination will dissuade competent and good people from all political persuasions from serving our country". "This confirmation process has become a national disgrace", he shouted into the microphone, as you can see in the above PBS NewsHour clip. He interrupted senators and dismissed some questions with a flippant "whatever". The stakes are simply too high for anything less.' If you weren't aware of it, you are now.
"If you wanted an FBI investigation, you could have come to us, Graham said, referring to the drumbeat complaint made by Democrats before and during the hearing". "The Senate must vote!"
Asked if there were enough votes to confirm Kavanaugh, Grassley replied, "I think so". "The uproarious laughter between the two and they're having fun at my expense", she said, her voice quaking.
Mr Judge has said he does not remember the alleged incident and has declined to appear before the panel.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham angrily defended Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, charging Democrats with using a Supreme Court nomination to try to win the midterm elections and saying Kavanaugh was no Bill Cosby.
Paterson said she knows the importance of not being alone and being believed.
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An emotional and visibly nervous Blasey Ford, who is speaking publicly for the first time, says she's "terrified" to be detailing her allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Republican strategists were privately hand-wringing after Ford's testimony.
As her time for questioning Ford was coming to an end, Mitchell rhetorically asked Ford about the best way to question victims of sex crimes.
"So the point I'm getting to is, we at least can connect some dots here and get some information", Durbin said.
"To my Republican colleagues", Graham said.
"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. Nearly immediately he choked up.
"My family and my name have been permanently destroyed by vicious and false accusations", Kavanaugh continued. Sanders tweeted that Graham "has more decency and courage than every Democrat member of the committee combined". He mocked Ford's allegations - and several others since - that have accused him of sexual impropriety.
Kavanaugh said he did not know the accuser, Julie Swetnick of Washington, who wrote she had "a firm recollection" of seeing boys lined up at parties waiting "for their "turn" with a girl inside the room".
"That's a lot of wisdom from a 10-year-old", Kavanaugh said after another pause.