Judiciary to Vote on Kavanaugh Friday But His Confirmation Is Still Uncertain

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In an interview to the Washington Post, Ford said it was during a party in Montgomery county in Maryland, USA, that the jurist had led her into a bedroom and attempted to remove her bating suit and put his hand over her mouth so that she couldn't shout. She will detail an alleged attack by Kavanaugh more than 30 years ago, when the two were both high school students.

The outgoing senator was a friend and fan of Kavanaugh's until the sexual misconduct allegations became public.

Research on traumatic memories shows us that sounds and feelings can be some of the most persistent memories of traumatic events, more enduring than a conversation or a remark.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley defended Kavanaugh and blamed Democrats for not disclosing the accusations earlier.

Judge Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegation, saying he doesn't question that Ms. Blasey Ford suffered an assault but insisting he had nothing to do with it.

"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.

Others said they believed Kavanaugh had been assaulted, but that it had likely been by someone else and that she had simply mistaken their identity.

The decision to schedule the afternoon vote passed 11-8 with all Republican members of the committee in favor and Democratic Sen.

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As her hearing unfolded, people inspired by the research psychologist phoned in to the TV network C-SPAN to recount their own trauma.

The first vote of Brett Kavanaugh comes Friday morning.

Some Democratic senators stormed out of the Judiciary Committee Friday morning after losing their latest bid to derail Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, protesting what they called a "ram job" ahead of a vote later in the day. Leahy asked as Ford took a sip of coffee.

The nearly nine hours of intensely emotional testimony came against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault and had millions of Americans riveted to their TV screens and smartphones. Hirono also said Kavanaugh had been "credibly accused" but then lashed out at Republicans for "prejudging" Ford in advance of hearing her testimony.

Judge Kavanaugh has yet to respond formally to this specific allegation. Corker says he plans "to vote to confirm him".

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., makes a point during a hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 27, 2018, in Washington.

He also took issue with the notion of waiting for an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.

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