America Magazine, a major Catholic Jesuit outlet, rescinded its endorsement of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court Thursday night after a day of testimony from both the nominee and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexual assault.
"Indelible into the hippocampus is the laughter - the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense", Ford said. Describing the alleged assault, Ford also said she anxious that Kavanaugh might "accidentally" kill her.
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.
Blasey Ford also described receiving an outpouring of public support from people "in every state of this country" - as well as death threats and online tormenting that have forced her and her family to move out of their house.
Christine Blasey Ford began her testimony in front of a Senate committee by saying she was "terrified", and at times she looked it.
Flake looked away as the woman began to cry, prompting her to yell, "Look at me when I'm talking to you!"
Before the Senate hearing on Thursday, Ford had never appeared on camera, and was only depicted in news media reports with a grainy photo lifted from the internet. Thursday's hearing in many ways turned on Ford's credibility as a victim of and a witness to an event that Kavanaugh staunchly denies. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) ― walked out of the committee after members moved to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination Friday afternoon.
Immediately following an aggressive line of questioning by Illinois Democratic Sen. According to a person briefed on the meeting, she shared her analysis of the hearing overall, but didn't tell lawmakers how they should vote.
The nearly nine hours of intensely emotional testimony came against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault and had millions of Americans riveted to their TV screens and smartphones.
When asked by the media if the nomination come to the full Senate floor for a vote, Grassley responded "Depends on what happens tomorrow". Lisa Murkowski are seen as the crucial swing votes as Republicans only have room for one dissenter if Democrats are united against Kavanaugh.
Dr Ford has claimed Mr Kavanaugh was drunk when the alleged incident happened, which meant there were a number of questions about his drinking habits.
Scott has called on Nelson to meet with Kavanaugh but has not explicitly called on Nelson to vote in favor of confirmation.
The senator has indicated that his mind is not yet made up about Kavanaugh.
Graham supported Republicans' ultimately successful efforts to block action on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. It seems that no one knows at this point if the votes to confirm Kavanaugh are there.
The bitter fight over Kavanaugh's nomination is unfolding just weeks before the November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to seize majority control of Congress from the Republicans.