Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh hearing: Key takeaways so far

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Kavanaugh's testimony will follow Ford's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Trump said: "If I thought he was guilty of something like this. yeah, sure".

"Take it from the commander in chief himself, who said of a day steeped in political, legal and judicial consequences: 'I think it's going to be a very, very, important day in the history of our country, ' President Donald Trump said in NY on Wednesday evening".

Ford will be testifying in front of the Republican-led committee on Thursday about her allegations that Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's SCOTUS nominee, attempted to sexually assault her at a party in high school.

Republicans have been hoping to win confirmation for Kavanaugh by early next week.

The allegation marks the fourth that Kavanaugh has faced as he looks to fill Anthony Kennedy's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. I am not questioning that Dr. Ford may have been sexually assaulted by some person in some place at some time. "It seemed like the time to say what I wanted to say". GOP prosecutor Rachel Mitchell pressed Ford on just who paid for the polygraph exam, to which her lawyers, who are reprsenting Ford pro-bono, said that they had footed the bill.

"They're obstructionists. They're actually con artists, because they know how quality this man is, and they've destroyed a man's reputation, and they want to destroy it even more", Trump said.

She said the alleged assault has been seared into her memory and has haunted her.

Ford was the first to step forward with allegations and claimed Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to pull off her clothes while both were high school students in 1982.

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Ramirez told the magazine that there were gaps in her memory because she was drinking on the night of the incident. Mike Lee, R-Utah, also said they were unaware of the allegations before the New Yorker story was published.

Trump said he would watch Thursday's potentially explosive Senate hearing and that he could still change his mind about his nominee once he hears what Ford has to say.

Judge denied the allegations in a statement from his attorney submitted to the committee. "I am terrified", she adds.

Hatch told CNN he thinks the committee will be prepared for their prescheduled vote Friday to formally advance Kavanaugh's nomination.

As Trump repeated his support for Kavanaugh on Wednesday, calling him "outstanding" and an "absolute gem", four people released affidavits claiming that Blasey Ford had told them about the alleged sexual assault prior to his nomination for the Supreme Court.

Mr Kavanaugh has denied any allegations.

Feinstein also brought up two Kavanaugh accusers who were not present: Debbie Ramirez and Julie Swetnick.

Baker was also asked about the accounts from Ford and two other women Wednesday. "I don't know who this is and this never happened", he said in a statement. Committee investigators specifically asked Judge Kavanaugh about all pending accusations, in specificity. The subject of allegations also deserves to be heard.

Kavanaugh strongly denied the allegations by Swetnick, 55, who has worked extensively for the federal government including for the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service.