Brett Kavanaugh: Procedural vote set for Friday morning as senators weigh FBI report

WASHINGTON – Two pivotal Republican senators in the debate over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court made initially positive comments Thursday on an FBI background investigation of the nominee, raising the chances of his confirmation.

A procedural vote on the Kavanaugh nomination was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. EDT. If it passes, it could pave the way for a final vote as early as Saturday.

Republican leaders scheduled the vote after senators viewed a highly anticipated FBI report into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh that had been sent to Capitol Hill.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who was instrumental in persuading Senate leaders to move forward with the FBI investigation last week, said the report showed “no additional corroborating information” to suggest Kavanaugh committed sexual assault.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, indicated that she did not share Democrats’ concerns that the FBI report was incomplete and inconclusive.

“It appears to be a very thorough investigation, but I’m going back later to personally read the interviews,” Collins said.

Flake said he agreed with Collins that the report was thorough.

Flake and Collins are swing votes who could make or break Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote. They didn’t say how they would vote.

Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate, and every other GOP senator except Flake, Collins and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has come out in support of President Donald Trump’s nominee. If there is a 50-50 tie, Vice President Mike Pence would break it in favor of Kavanaugh.

Murkowski’s spokeswoman, Karina Peterson, said the senator hadn’t finished the report, “so she doesn’t know if it is thorough enough.”

The FBI’s report could sway swing votes on the other side of the aisle.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., one of two Democratic senators who were on the fence about Kavanaugh, said she would vote against him. Heitkamp faces intense pressure over her vote because she’s running for re-election this fall in a state Trump won in 2016. 

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a second key Democrat vote, had not viewed the FBI’s investigation as of Thursday afternoon and was undecided.

The FBI investigated accusations by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while they were in high school 36 years ago. The agency looked into allegations by Deborah Ramirez that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a dorm party while they were students at Yale University. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations.

Only one copy of the FBI report was sent to Capitol Hill based on a 2009 bipartisan memorandum that Republican leaders said was guiding their handling of it.

Throughout the day Thursday, senators gathered in a secure room in the Capitol Visitor Center to view the 46 pages of interviews and other notes provided on loan from the FBI. Each party was allotted blocs of time for senators to view the information and Republicans and Democrats alternated visits for two-hour increments to the secure room.

Inside, lawmakers passed around different sections of the report while Judiciary Committee staffers read passages aloud into a microphone, according to GOP senators.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told reporters as he described what had taken place inside the room. But he added, “this is unusual circumstances calling for kind of an unusual process.”

Republican Senate leaders and White House officials said the FBI report revealed no evidence of wrongdoing.

Democrats said the White House tied the FBI’s hands, so agents could not conduct a thorough investigation. They were especially upset that the FBI did not interview Kavanaugh or Ford.  According to the FBI, nine witnesses were interviewed for the report, and neither the nominee nor Ford was among them.

“Candidly, what we reviewed today in a very limited time … looks to be a product of an incomplete investigation that was limited, perhaps by the White House, I don’t know,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the FBI’s report found “no hint of misconduct,” and he declared, “It’s time to vote.”

“There’s nothing in (the report) that we didn’t already know,” Grassley said. “These uncorroborated accusations have been unequivocally and repeatedly rejected by Judge Kavanaugh, and neither the Judiciary Committee nor the FBI could locate any third parties who can attest to any of the allegations.”

Attorneys for Ford wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday, saying eight witnesses that the FBI never interviewed are willing to talk to agents about information relevant to Ford’s accusations against Kavanaugh.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said he disagreed with Grassley’s statement that there was “no hint of misconduct.” Schumer did not elaborate during a news conference Thursday morning.

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White House officials said they stand behind Kavanaugh’s nomination and are confident he will be confirmed.

Spokesman Raj Shah said the FBI did comprehensive interviews of nine witnesses. He did not provide names. A 10th witness was contacted, but it is unclear whether this person submitted to a full interview.

Shah said, “I can’t outline the details of the background investigation,” but he indicated that nothing in the documents disqualified Kavanaugh.

He said privacy laws prevent the White House from making the report public.

Trump tweeted Thursday morning that the “harsh and unfair treatment” of Kavanaugh is mobilizing voters for the midterm congressional elections.

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The Senate could vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination over the weekend. Here’s how that goes down

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Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/ERIN SCHAFF / POOL ORG XMIT: NYT100epa07051156 Christine Blasey Ford (C-R) is sworn in by chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa (C-L) during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/TOM WILLIAMS / POOLWASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27:  Christine Blasey Ford (C) is sworn in before testifying the Senate Judiciary Committee with her attorneys Debra Katz (L) and Michael Bromwich (R) in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. In prepared remarks, Ford said, I dont have all the answers, and I dont remember as much as I would like to. But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget. They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult.  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(Photo By Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234142 ORIG FILE ID: 1041670964Rachel Mitchell, a prosecutor from Arizona, waits for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, to testify before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / POOL / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I3W6Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on Sept. 27, 2018, in Washington, D.C.epa07051083 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) (R) delivers an opening statement before hearing from Christine Blasey Ford during a hearing with Sen. 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EPA-EFE/ANDREW HARNIK / POOL ORG XMIT: DCAH208epa07051056 Republican prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who will be questioning Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, prepares prior to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/JIM BOURG / POOL ORG XMIT: RTS100epa07051027 Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)  and Kamala Harris (D-CA) speak before the  Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS ORG XMIT: MRX05Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, testifies during his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, Sept. 27, 2018.Christine Blasey Ford arrives prior to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.Rachel Mitchell, a prosecutor from Arizona, is seen prior to Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, testifies during his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / POOL / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I3J8Left to right, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), ranking member, Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, September 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill. (Melina Mara /The Washington Post via AP, Pool)epa07050980 Senator Chuck Grassley checks outs the media area before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS ORG XMIT: MRX03Actress Alyssa Milano talks to media before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. - Washington was bracing Thursday for a charged hearing pitting Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh against his accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who is set to detail sexual assault allegations against the judge that could derail his already turbulent confirmation process. (Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS / POOL / AFP)MICHAEL REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Christine ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I3BJSen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., arrives for the Senate Judiciary hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 with Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ORG XMIT: DCCK403A view of the Senate Judiciary Committee's room before a hearing for the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Christine ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I28CPeople line up outside the Dirksen Senate Office building before the US Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Christine ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I28JTOPSHOT - A staff member places name plates as the Senate Judiciary Committee's room  on Capitol Hill September 26, 2018 in Washington, DC, during preparations one day before the hearing with Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. - University professor Christine Blasey Ford, who is set to testify before the Senate committee,  claims Kavanaugh attacked her at a party when they were both teenagers. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19H5AZSupreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh gives his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee,  Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Thursday.Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in to testify before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, Sept. 27, 2018.Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify  before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Thursday.Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh (R) arrives with his wife Ashley to testify, Thursday, before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, in Washington, DC.Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on Sept. 27, 2018.Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, and his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, hold hands as they arrive for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Thursday.US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.  University professor Christine Blasey Ford, 51, told a tense Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that could make or break Kavanaugh's nomination she was 100 percent certain he was the assailant and it was absolutely not a case of mistaken identify.Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh (C-R) with his wife Ashley (C-L) attend the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27:  Judge Brett Kavanaugh (C) holds hands with his wife Ashley Kavanaugh as he arrives to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was called back to testify about claims by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234142 ORIG FILE ID: 1041965792Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation.Martha Kavanaugh listens to her son, Judge Brett Kavanaugh testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday. Kavanaugh was called back to testify about claims by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.Judge Brett Kavanaugh's parents, Edward  and Martha Kavanaugh,  listen as their son testifies before the Senate Judiciary committee regarding sexual assault allegations.Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill.Ashley Kavanaugh listens to her husband, Judge Brett Kavanaugh testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Sept. 27, 2018.Judge Brett Kavanaugh stridently rejected the allegations of sexual abuse by Christine Blasey Ford and two other women in prepared remarks.Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is visibly upset as he testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee.Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing his nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court, on Sept. 27, 2018. President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be an associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.Students at the University of Southern California (USC) watch a live telecast of the testimony from Brett Kavanaugh over sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, Sept. 27, 2018, at the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism in Los Angeles.White House counsel Don McGahn, right, arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday.Steven Dupler of New York watches the congressional hearing taking place in Washington DC with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, on his phone while standing on the sidewalk in New York.Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh angrily defends his reputation during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies with emotion Thursday.Senator Dianne Feinstein can be seen during a break in the hearing. The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to testify about sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh on Thursday.A bank of televisions show Brett Kavanaugh testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, at a the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.Democratic Senators Chris Coons, left. Cory Booker, Richard Blumenthal, and Richard Durbin. The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to testify about sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., makes a point during a hearing with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate Justice Committee hearing, on  Sept. 27, 2018, in Washington, D.C.Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, walks into the hearing room following a 15 minute break as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies in front of the Senate Committee, Thursday.Senators Ted Cruz, left,  John Cornyn, and Lindsey Graham huddle in the Dirksen Senate Office Building for a hearing of testimonies regarding sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is seen during a break in a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.Republican Senators from left, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talk during a break in the hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R) speaks with Senator Jeff Flake (L) during a break during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.Judge Brett Kavanaugh's parents, Edward Kavanaugh and Martha Kavanaugh, walk from the hearing room during a break in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill.Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., points to posters as he questions Judge Brett Kavanaugh during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, listen as Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.White House counsel Don McGahn listens as Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday.Sen. Dick Durbin speaks during testimony by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee.A student watches as Brett Kavanaugh is questioned by US Senator Dianne Feinstein at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.

  • epa07051526 Dr. Christine Blasey Ford speaks during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018.US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS ORG XMIT: MRX0331 of 89
  • Phoenix prosecutor Rachel Mitchell questions Christine Blasey Ford during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing as Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah., listen, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Tom Williams/Pool Image via AP) ORG XMIT: WX3432 of 89
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27:  Dr. Christine Blasey Ford speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo By Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234142 ORIG FILE ID: 10418758983 of 89
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27:  U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) listens to testimony from Christine Blasey Ford before the Judiciary Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo by Gabriella Demczuk-Pool/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234142 ORIG FILE ID: 10418491644 of 89
  • Christine Blasey Ford becomes emotional as she listens to Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., as she testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. At left is attorney Debra Katz. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool) ORG XMIT: DCAH2475 of 89
  • epa07051725 Senator Ben Sasse (C), Rep-Neb., listens as  Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (unseen) testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/TOM WILLIAMS / POOL6 of 89
  • Christine Blasey Ford testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP) ORG XMIT: DCJE5067 of 89
  • epa07051719 Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (C), D-R.I., questions Christine Blasey Ford (unseen) as Senator Richard Durbin (L), D-Ill., and Senator Amy Klobuchar (R), D-Minn., listen during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/TOM WILLIAMS / POOL8 of 89
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27:  U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) reacts during testimony from Christine Blasey Ford at a Judiciary Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.  (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234142 ORIG FILE ID: 10418765589 of 89
  • epa07051721 Senator John Kennedy (L), R-La., listens to Christine Blasey Ford, (unseen) testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/TOM WILLIAMS / POOL10 of 89
  • Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee / POOL / Getty Images)WIN MCNAMEE/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: 775234142 ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I54B11 of 89
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27:  A student from Holton-Arms School talks with another person during a break in the hearing where Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234142 ORIG FILE ID: 104187557212 of 89
  • epa07051887 Christine Blasey Ford (C) is greeted by Senator Ben Sasse (C-back) during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. Others are not identified. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/MELINA MARA / POOL ORG XMIT: 132.0.134453710713 of 89
  • Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, chats with her attorneys as she testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / POOL / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I6B614 of 89
  • Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listen as Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Sept, 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (Tom Williams/Pool Image via AP) ORG XMIT: WX33915 of 89
  • Christine Blasey Ford (L), the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, listens to her attorney Michael R Bromwich (R) as she testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. (Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS / POOL / AFP)MICHAEL REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I6BE16 of 89
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27:  Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.  (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234142 ORIG FILE ID: 104175926417 of 89
  • epa07051507 Republican prosecutor Rachel Mitchell (R) ask questions to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (unseen) during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018.US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS ORG XMIT: MRX03318 of 89
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27:   Christine Blasey Ford takes a break from testifying at a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Blasey Ford, a professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.  (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234142 ORIG FILE ID: 104174630019 of 89
  • epa07051440 Dr. Christine Blasey Ford speaks during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018.US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS ORG XMIT: MRX03120 of 89
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing with professor Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault in 1982, on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234142 ORIG FILE ID: 104174504221 of 89
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Rachel Mitchell, counsel for Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, questions Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as Senators, from left, Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Mike Lee, R-Utah.,  and John Cornyn, R-Texas, listen during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo By Supporters of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gather outside of the Dirksen Senate Office Building-Pool/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234142 ORIG FILE ID: 104176002822 of 89
  • epa07051378 Christine Blasey Ford testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/Andrew Harnik / POOL ORG XMIT: DCAH21123 of 89
  • epa07051301 Republican prosecutor Rachel Mitchell asks questions to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (unseen) at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS ORG XMIT: MRX02524 of 89
  • Christine Blasey Ford holds notes as she testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee / POOL / Getty Images)WIN MCNAMEE/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: 775234142 ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I54A25 of 89
  • Rachel Mitchell, a prosecutor from Arizona, waits for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, to testify before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / POOL / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I3K426 of 89
  • epa07051151 Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (C) with her lawyers Debra S. Katz (L) and Michael R. Bromwich (R) speaks  before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/ERIN SCHAFF / POOL ORG XMIT: NYT10027 of 89
  • epa07051156 Christine Blasey Ford (C-R) is sworn in by chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa (C-L) during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/TOM WILLIAMS / POOL28 of 89
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27:  Christine Blasey Ford (C) is sworn in before testifying the Senate Judiciary Committee with her attorneys Debra Katz (L) and Michael Bromwich (R) in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. In prepared remarks, Ford said, I dont have all the answers, and I dont remember as much as I would like to. But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget. They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234142 ORIG FILE ID: 104167134229 of 89
  • Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.  (Tom Williams/Pool Photo via AP) ORG XMIT: DCJE42530 of 89
  • Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley (L), with Senator Dianne Feinstein (R), gives a preliminary statement before Christine Blasey Ford (C), the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. (Photo by Tom Williams / POOL / AFP)TOM WILLIAMS/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I48A31 of 89
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27: Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) listens to Senator Dianna Feinstein (D-CA) Speak at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo By Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234142 ORIG FILE ID: 104167096432 of 89
  • Rachel Mitchell, a prosecutor from Arizona, waits for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, to testify before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / POOL / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I3W633 of 89
  • Christine Blasey Ford prepares to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on Sept. 27, 2018, in Washington, D.C.34 of 89
  • epa07051083 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) (R) delivers an opening statement before hearing from Christine Blasey Ford during a hearing with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/JIM MCNAMEE / POOL ORG XMIT: DCAH20735 of 89
  • epa07051088 Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member, speaks before Christine Blasey Ford testifies in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/ANDREW HARNIK / POOL ORG XMIT: DCAH20836 of 89
  • epa07051056 Republican prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who will be questioning Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, prepares prior to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/JIM BOURG / POOL ORG XMIT: RTS10037 of 89
  • epa07051027 Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)  and Kamala Harris (D-CA) speak before the  Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS ORG XMIT: MRX0538 of 89
  • Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, testifies during his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, Sept. 27, 2018.39 of 89
  • Christine Blasey Ford arrives prior to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.40 of 89
  • Rachel Mitchell, a prosecutor from Arizona, is seen prior to Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, testifies during his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 27, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / POOL / AFP)SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I3J841 of 89
  • Left to right, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), ranking member, Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, September 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill. (Melina Mara /The Washington Post via AP, Pool)42 of 89
  • epa07050980 Senator Chuck Grassley checks outs the media area before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 27 September 2018. US President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.  EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS ORG XMIT: MRX0343 of 89
  • Actress Alyssa Milano talks to media before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the US in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. - Washington was bracing Thursday for a charged hearing pitting Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh against his accuser Christine Blasey Ford, who is set to detail sexual assault allegations against the judge that could derail his already turbulent confirmation process. (Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS / POOL / AFP)MICHAEL REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Christine ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I3BJ44 of 89
  • Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., arrives for the Senate Judiciary hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 with Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ORG XMIT: DCCK40345 of 89
  • A view of the Senate Judiciary Committee's room before a hearing for the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Christine ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I28C46 of 89
  • People line up outside the Dirksen Senate Office building before the US Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: Christine ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19I28J47 of 89
  • TOPSHOT - A staff member places name plates as the Senate Judiciary Committee's room  on Capitol Hill September 26, 2018 in Washington, DC, during preparations one day before the hearing with Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. - University professor Christine Blasey Ford, who is set to testify before the Senate committee,  claims Kavanaugh attacked her at a party when they were both teenagers. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19H5AZ48 of 89
  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh gives his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee,  Sept. 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.49 of 89
  • US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Thursday.50 of 89
  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in to testify before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, Sept. 27, 2018.51 of 89
  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify  before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Thursday.52 of 89
  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh (R) arrives with his wife Ashley to testify, Thursday, before the US Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, in Washington, DC.53 of 89
  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on Sept. 27, 2018.54 of 89
  • Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, and his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, hold hands as they arrive for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Thursday.55 of 89
  • US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.  University professor Christine Blasey Ford, 51, told a tense Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that could make or break Kavanaugh's nomination she was 100 percent certain he was the assailant and it was absolutely not a case of mistaken identify.56 of 89
  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh (C-R) with his wife Ashley (C-L) attend the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Trump's nominee to be a US Supreme Court associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.57 of 89
  • WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27:  Judge Brett Kavanaugh (C) holds hands with his wife Ashley Kavanaugh as he arrives to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was called back to testify about claims by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775234142 ORIG FILE ID: 104196579258 of 89
  • Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation.59 of 89
  • Martha Kavanaugh listens to her son, Judge Brett Kavanaugh testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday. Kavanaugh was called back to testify about claims by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.60 of 89
  • Judge Brett Kavanaugh's parents, Edward  and Martha Kavanaugh,  listen as their son testifies before the Senate Judiciary committee regarding sexual assault allegations.61 of 89
  • Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill.62 of 89
  • Ashley Kavanaugh listens to her husband, Judge Brett Kavanaugh testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.63 of 89
  • Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill Sept. 27, 2018.64 of 89
  • Judge Brett Kavanaugh stridently rejected the allegations of sexual abuse by Christine Blasey Ford and two other women in prepared remarks.65 of 89
  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is visibly upset as he testifies before the US Senate Judiciary Committee.66 of 89
  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing his nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court, on Sept. 27, 2018. President Donald J. Trump's nominee to be an associate justice Brett Kavanaugh is in a tumultuous confirmation process as multiple women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.67 of 89
  • Students at the University of Southern California (USC) watch a live telecast of the testimony from Brett Kavanaugh over sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, Sept. 27, 2018, at the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism in Los Angeles.68 of 89
  • White House counsel Don McGahn, right, arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday.69 of 89
  • Steven Dupler of New York watches the congressional hearing taking place in Washington DC with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, on his phone while standing on the sidewalk in New York.70 of 89
  • Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh angrily defends his reputation during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.71 of 89
  • Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies with emotion Thursday.72 of 89
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein can be seen during a break in the hearing. The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to testify about sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh on Thursday.73 of 89
  • A bank of televisions show Brett Kavanaugh testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, at a the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.74 of 89
  • Democratic Senators Chris Coons, left. Cory Booker, Richard Blumenthal, and Richard Durbin. The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to testify about sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.75 of 89
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., makes a point during a hearing with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate Justice Committee hearing, on  Sept. 27, 2018, in Washington, D.C.76 of 89
  • Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, walks into the hearing room following a 15 minute break as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies in front of the Senate Committee, Thursday.77 of 89
  • Senators Ted Cruz, left,  John Cornyn, and Lindsey Graham huddle in the Dirksen Senate Office Building for a hearing of testimonies regarding sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.78 of 89
  • US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is seen during a break in a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.79 of 89
  • Republican Senators from left, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talk during a break in the hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.80 of 89
  • Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R) speaks with Senator Jeff Flake (L) during a break during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.81 of 89
  • Judge Brett Kavanaugh's parents, Edward Kavanaugh and Martha Kavanaugh, walk from the hearing room during a break in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill.82 of 89
  • Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.83 of 89
  • Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., points to posters as he questions Judge Brett Kavanaugh during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.84 of 89
  • Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.85 of 89
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, left, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, listen as Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.86 of 89
  • White House counsel Don McGahn listens as Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday.87 of 89
  • Sen. Dick Durbin speaks during testimony by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee.88 of 89
  • A student watches as Brett Kavanaugh is questioned by US Senator Dianne Feinstein at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court.89 of 89

 

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