Donald Trump Tweets Victorious After Brett Kavanaugh’s Pugnacious Testimony: "Senate Must Vote!"

Third Woman Accuses US Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct

Save for a few muted grumbles that Ford was lying, the flight was largely silent as aides - both in the air and already on the ground at the White House - watched her testimony with a sinking feeling, said several people familiar with the somber mood, speaking anonymously to share a candid assessment.

Asked by if he is confident that Kavanaugh can advance out of the committee, he said, "I am optimistic, yes".

Asked by Hirono if there was any "political motivation" for her to come forward, Ford said "no" there was not.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker made the comments as Professor Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually and physically assaulted her.

Ford said, more than once, that she was not sure who covered the cost. The vote to confirm Kavanaugh is now scheduled for Friday. "The other night Ashley and my daughter, Eliza, said their prayers and little Eliza, all of 10 years old", Kavanaugh said, pausing to regain his composure, "said to Ashley, we should pray for the woman".

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.

There are now 43 Republicans who have pledged their vote to Kavanaugh, seven short of the 50 votes needed in the Senate. "His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting", Trump tweeted.

Trump responded immediately after the hearing with an endorsement of Kavanaugh and a call to confirm him. I intend no ill will to Dr. Ford and her family.

Kavanaugh ditched his prepared remarks and instead issued a blistering statement declaring the confirmation process "a national disgrace".

Trump has also told allies that he wished Kavanaugh's Fox News interview Monday had gone better, believing it was a missed opportunity to change the momentum around the story, according to the two Republicans and another outside adviser. Ford was emotional as she fought back tears describing a traumatic event in her life, but precise, articulate and authoritative in her responses.

Earlier, during four hours of testimony, Blasey Ford said she was "100 per cent" certain that Mr Kavanaugh was her assailant and it was "absolutely not" a case of mistaken identity. "You may defeat me in the final vote", he said, "but you'll never get me to quit".

Then addressing the wavering Republican senators whose votes will determine this confirmation, Graham said, "To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you're legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics".

During questioning from Democratic senators, Dr Ford went on to provide more memorable lines.

Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said he has asked Rachel Mitchell, a career prosecutor with decades of experience prosecuting sex crimes, to question the witnesses scheduled to testify on Thursday at the committee's continuation of its hearing to consider the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to serve on the United States Supreme Court.

He lashed out over the time it took the committee to convene the hearing after Ford's allegations emerged, singling out the Democrats for "unleashing" forces against him.

If all Democrats vote against Kavanaugh, the GOP can't afford to lose more than one of its own members.

"I believe you", he said.

'I would never do to them what you've done to this guy!

Democrats on the committee praised Blasey Ford for coming forward and repeatedly questioned Mr Kavanaugh about his drinking habits in high school, asking if he had ever "blacked out" while drunk.

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