"She's here just to say her piece and speak to Kavanaugh's character and that's it".
As TV cameras zoom in on Ford and those questioning her, remember that they are cropping out much of the room - and the true scope of what Ford is facing. John Kasich of Ohio, Charlie Baker of MA and Larry Hogan of Maryland all said that the Senate should not rush to vote. On Sunday, The New Yorker published an account by a woman named Deborah Ramirez, who attended Yale with Kavanaugh and claims that he exposed himself to her at a drunken dormitory party, "thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away".
"I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends".
Feinstein says she called Ford after learning of her initial allegation. "These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh", she added. Chuck Grassley said the committee is now reviewing the document.
So far, there's no corroborating evidence contemporaneous with the allegations, and therefore no way to weigh these declarations beyond he-said, she-said, they-said.
"I likewise observed him be verbally abusive towards girls by making crude sexual comments to them that were created to demean, humiliate and embarrass them", she said.
Ford recounted how an inebriated Kavanaugh groped her and put his hands over her mouth when she tried to yell for help at a party when the two were in high school.
The affidavit said she has clearances to work with multiple federal agencies, including the Treasury Department. After Ford leaves, Kavanaugh will then deliver his opening statement, not subject to a time limit. One need only review the tapes of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearing to understand how that can go awry.
"It is offensive that in purporting to stand by a Supreme Court nominee who has been accused of sexual assault, Mr. Trump has chosen once again to defame and attack women, including our client, who had the courage to come forward to tell the truth about his own unwanted assaultive behaviour", said Mariann Wang.
Ahead of Thursday's hearing on sexual misconduct allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg applauded "women coming together in numbers" with #MeToo reports.
By very early in the process, Grassley had already clashed with three of the committee's four female Democratic senators.
While Republicans have suggested that the recent spate of allegations against Kavanaugh are politically motivated and created to prevent him from being confirmed to the Supreme Court, Democrats have said they favor an FBI investigation into the accusations before Kavanaugh can be confirmed - something which Republicans say is just a delay tactic.