Trump wavers on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

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Trump wavers on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Activists walk through the halls of Dirksen Senate Office Building during protests against Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill September 26, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was hit with a fourth claim of sexual harassment Wednesday according to a report from NBC News.

Christine Blasey Ford will air her allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, and Kavanaugh will defend himself, as the nation watches Thursday's extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. "It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me", she said.

Ford told the committee that she made a decision to testify because she felt it was her civic duty to do so.

Feinstein asked Kavanaugh if he wanted to say more about Swetnick's allegations.

Ford plans to tell the committee that, one night in the summer of 1982, a drunken Kavanaugh forced her down on a bed, "groped me and tried to take off my clothes", then clamped his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream before she was able to escape. In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now.

"It is not my responsibility to determine whether Mr. Kavanaugh deserves to sit on the Supreme Court", she was to tell the senators.

Kavanaugh said in a statement released by the White House, "This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone". She said no. Asked how certain she was Justice Kavanaugh had assaulted her, she said "100 per cent".

"During my time at the school, girls at Holton-Arms frequently met and became friendly with boys from all-boys schools in the area, including Landon School, Georgetown Prep, Gonzaga High School, country clubs, and other places where kids and their families socialized", said Ford.

If the goal of Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was to convince conservatives that Dr. Blasey Ford is lying, or not credible, it has failed. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would cement conservative control of the court, as Trump moves to shift the high court and the broader federal judiciary to the right.

Three governors who called for a delay in the vote have been critical of Trump on at least some issues in the past and are seeking re-election in Democratic-leaning states.

Trump dismissed the allegations against Kavanaugh as a "big fat con job" orchestrated by Democrats.

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, the Judiciary Committee's chairman, said the hearing will go forward as planned and that the panel's staff is looking into Swetnick's allegations. They're hoping for a final Senate roll call next week, seating Kavanaugh on the court for the October start of its new term.

Ford says no one helped write the letter she sent privately to Sen. The GOP special counsel Rachel Mitchell, a Phoenix sex crimes prosecutor, who Republicans had hired to avoid the optics of their all-male line up questioning Ford, left Republicans disappointed.

Kavanaugh has denied any allegations.

Other Republicans also stressed that they are coming into the hearing with open minds.

Christine Blasey Ford read a pre-prepared statement, with her voice shaking, giving details of the evening when she says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.

Prof. Blasey Ford also added further details, saying she encountered Mr. Judge a few weeks after the attack at a supermarket.

"It's not about, 'Oh, we're very leftist, '" Ghazala said.

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