"At the daylong session Thursday, Ford and Kavanaugh both said the event and the public controversy that has erupted 36 years later had altered their lives forever and for the worse - perhaps the only thing they agreed on during a long day of testimony that was a study in contrasts of tone as well as substance". 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. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, after Ford testified about her allegation over the course of four hours.
It is critically important, he said, that the Senate show it is committed to "a Supreme Court that is above reproach".
"There have been no decisions", Manchin reportedly said outside the hearing room.
Earlier, to a question posed by Senator Dianne Feinstein whether Kavanaugh was the boy who attacked her, Ford responded, "The same way I'm sure I'm talking to you right now..."
Kavanaugh, who said in his opening statement that he "liked beer" and still does, denied he ever got so drunk to not remember his actions.
Mr Trump and Senate Republicans have resisted Democratic calls for an FBI investigation into Ms Ford's claims.
"I believed he was going to rape me", she said.
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., gave a lengthy speech to the committee underscoring his opposition to Kavanaugh and again pressing for a delay in a vote, but then joined other Democrats in walking out after he finished.
Flake and two other key Republican swing votes on the Kavanaugh nomination - Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski - will ultimately decide the judge's fate.
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Republicans, including President Trump, have stressed that none of the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh made in the last several days has any first-hand corroboration. Kavanaugh replied, "For 12 years, everyone who has appeared before me on the D.C. Circuit has praised my judicial temperament". Another group of officials accompanied Kavanaugh to Capitol Hill to lend assistance. He said Kavanaugh has the potential of becoming one of America's "greatest" and cast doubt on Ford's allegations and said they were part of a plan to ruin Kavanaugh's candidacy.
He later sparred with Democratic senators as they questioned him, saying his family and reputation had been "destroyed" by the uncorroborated claims suddenly brought against him.
Rauner's spokesman said the governor was traveling Thursday and did not watch Ford's testimony. "This is a national disgrace, the way you're being treated".
They have accused Ms Ford and the other women of making unproven allegations and have questioned why they had not publicly revealed them for decades. "But you have replaced advise and consent with search and destroy". "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".
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), himself a military lawyer, set the bar for Republican questions by laying into the committee Democrats, accusing them of not caring for the truth at all and victimizing both Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford.
Republicans who had been scheduled to vote as soon as Friday at the committee - and early next week in the full Senate - alternated between their own anger and frustration at the allegations and the process. Neither did her staff, she maintained.
"Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes", an emotional Ford told senators and millions of viewers watching on television.
The boys' laughter was "indelible in the hippocampus", she said, using her scientific expertise to describe how memories are stored in the brain and adding: "It's locked in there".
Holding signs that read, "We Believe Dr. Ford", a few protesters also gathered outside the Supreme Court building Thursday morning.