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Christine Blasey Ford began her testimony in front of a Senate committee by saying she was "terrified", and at times she looked it.

Christine Blasey Ford told senators Thursday that she remains "100 percent" certain that Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for the US Supreme Court, was the person who sexually assaulted her at a party decades ago.

In her opening statement, Ford said she remembered Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, "drunkenly laughing" during the alleged assault.

"There will be a vote tomorrow morning", Sen.

"When you see [Supreme Court associate justices] Sotomayer and Kagan, tell them Lindsey said hello".

Ford at one point explained how one of the most impressing memories from the night of her alleged assault was the laughter shared between Judge and Kavanaugh. Even if the panel narrowly approves Kavanaugh, it is not clear if he has sufficient votes to be confirmed by the Senate, where Republicans can similarly only afford to lose one vote before vice-president Mike Pence would be called in a tie-breaker.

The note sits near the microphone on the witness table that will soon by occupied by Christine Blasey Ford.

After seeing Ford's powerful testimony, White House aides and allies expressed concern that Kavanaugh, whose nomination already seemed to be teetering, would have an uphill climb to deliver a strong enough showing to match hers. Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Graham expressed sympathy for the Supreme Court nominee and his family, saying, "I can not imagine what you and your family have gone through".

"It's riveting, really, and that's all I'm going to say".

He made the comments at a news conference in NY a day before Judge Brett Kavanaugh was set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee amid multiple accusations of sexual misconduct.

In fact, it took more than an hour and 50 minutes for any other Republican to say a word in the hearing, when Graham raised an inquiry about Democratic efforts to admit Ford's lie-detector test into testimony.

"We believe her, we support her, and we thank her for her vast bravery and patriotism", NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement. "She is just as much a victim of this as I think Brett Kavanaugh (is)".

At least three women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in recent weeks, including Ford. The Justice Department says Avenatti, made "misrepresentations" in a bankruptcy case involving his former law firm that owes more than $440,000 in unpaid federal taxes.

Perhaps Brett Kavanaugh was a virgin for many years after high school.

Senior Senate Democrat Patrick Leahy was among those who questioned her bluntly about the attack, asking about her strongest memory of the incident. The prosecutor, Rachel Mitchell, did not speak again for the balance of the hearing. The important audience remains roughly five senators - a few Republicans, a few Democrats - whose votes are still in question.

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