US Senate holds hearing on Kavanaugh's sexual assault allegations

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Earlier in the day, Graham compared the judge's treatment to Ford's experience, the woman who came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.

Meanwhile, there were signs the remarkable testimony before the panel in which Kavanaugh angrily declared his innocence and Ford calmly recounted the moment in which she says he attacked her had registered negatively with two organizations whose support Kavanaugh had earlier received.

GOP senators told reporters that members meeting behind closed doors said the committee vote would happen as previously scheduled Friday morning and that the first procedural vote will take place on the Senate floor Saturday.

There are 51 Republicans, 47 Democrats and 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats.

Senators heard gripping and painful testimony from one of the accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, and then from Kavanaugh himself. "And he owes the women of New Hampshire an apology". Flake, considered to be a key swing vote, said that he would vote for Kavanaugh after leaving the hearing with "as much doubt as certainty".

This despite the fact that the editors of America desperately want to see Roe v. Wade overturned.

But the laughter, and the identity of her attacker, Ford said, remained crystal clear. Still, the senator has not indicated if she intends to vote one way or the other.

The confirmation process of 53-year-old Kavanaugh has found itself in jeopardy after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him as a teenager from a number of women.

I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh, finding himself more cornered, chose to defend himself and insisted in an interview with Fox News that he was a virgin throughout in his high school days and beyond and that he had never sexually assaulted anybody. "So I believe once he gets to the Supreme Court, he will call the balls and strikes fairly", Conway said. "I hope that tomorrow's hearing gives us some guidance on how we are to vote".

The governors don't have an official role in the nomination process, but their voices could add pressure to the Senate's consideration and help distance themselves from President Donald Trump.

Corker is another outgoing senator who has had his fair share of disagreements with Trump. He's said he has no reason not to believe the judge's denials, and that he doesn't know if it's possible to investigate a claim from 1982. Democrat Joe Manchin is undecided, as well.

The committee vote is expected to dominate the TV news cycle on Friday.

Some on Twitter made fun of the notion that who paid for the polygraph was a big deal, while others said that polygraph testing was not a reliable way of determining the truth. He told Kavanaugh that he hopes the nominee ends up on the Supreme Court, saying, "that's exactly where you should be".

Kavanaugh was nominated by President Donald Trump and his confirmation would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court with disputes over abortion rights, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops possibly heading toward the justices soon.