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Now a judge on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh seemed assured of confirmation until Ford and several other accusers emerged in recent weeks.

Graham also questioned whether Ford's attorneys were politically motivated.

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. While another boy watched, she said, Kavanaugh tried to pull her clothes off and covered her mouth when she tried to scream. Mr Leahy said after the hearing that Mr Kavanaugh's answers were "well-rehearsed".

Republicans are pushing to seat Mr Kavanaugh before the November midterms, when Senate control could fall to the Democrats and a replacement Trump nominee could have even greater difficulty.

Mr Trump and Republicans have refused to bring the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the matter.

And the lawyer for Ford's friend, Leland Ingham Keyser, said in a statement: "Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, without, Dr. Ford". Kamala Harris asked Judge Kavanaugh a seemingly insignificant question concerning the earlier testimony by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, that he was being questioned to rebut. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"I have deep reservations about Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to this lifetime position and, as I stated, we have been unable to get all the information necessary regarding this nomination", Donnelly said. Some White House officials were not pleased with the questioning from Phoenix prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, saying she did not effectively target the weak spots in Ford's narrative and worrying that the Democrats had seized the moment.

Through a spokeswoman, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Kavanaugh's nomination should not proceed without a full investigation of the allegations.

"This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups", Kavanaugh testified, also describing the proceedings as a "circus" and "grotesque and coordinated character assassination".

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"My preference would be to keep him", Trump said Wednesday. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that her certainty was "100 percent". "His testimony was powerful, honest and riveting", Trump said. Democrats' search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The ABA had previously given a rating of "well qualified" to Kavanaugh when he was nominated in July.

"As a recovering alcoholic and a cancer survivor, I have struggled with depression and anxiety", his letter said.

The three swore they had no recollection of the party - providing no support for Ford's accusations laid out to the Senate Judiciary Committee. "But at least it was just a good old-fashioned attempt at Borking".

The Judiciary committee plans a vote on Kavanaugh Friday. "I'm sorry to interrupt".

On his way to the committee vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, Flake was confronted by a woman who said she was the victim of sexual assault.

"Would you like to say more about it?"

Mr Kavanaugh, now 53, has denied them all and awaited his own chance to give evidence later. "But you know, you have stuff like this, and that doesn't mean it didn't happen, and that doesn't mean it can just go away". She ignored his query, and he later apologized. "Without an investigation, and with so many serious issues involved, I can't support this nomination if they choose to move forward". When Whitehouse said Kavanaugh was ducking his question, Kavanaugh interjected: "Do you like beer, senator, or not?"

"When Donald Trump wins, there are no rules [for the Democrats]", he said.