"No one should underestimate" Christine Blasey Ford, says longtime friend

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"I believed he was going to rape me", Ford said, repeating in public what she first alleged in an anonymous letter to Congress and then in an interview published 11 days ago by The Washington Post. "Here's the key line: 'He described his recollection of their interaction in some detail, as if this person has some more details, some more recollection than Judge Kavanaugh, who has denied it'".

Kavanaugh, who has denied all allegations, also faces sexual misconduct accusations from two other women.

"It wasn't that I wanted to come out one day before the hearings", she said.

Dr Ford claims Mr Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her at a party in the 1980s.

"While I am frightened, please know, my fear will not hold me back from testifying and you will be provided with answers to all of your questions", Ford wrote in a letter to Republican Sen. The accuser said a female acquaintance had told him she was assaulted on the boat by "two heavily inebriated men she referred to at the time as Brett and Mark", according to the transcript. She says they thrust her into an upstairs bedroom at the house and locked the door. "I'm going to be watching, believe it or not", Trump said of the hearing, which is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. ET.

"She and a group of four (including Kavanaugh met in a Washington D.C. bar)".

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All told three women have now come forward accusing Kavanaugh, 53, of assault or sexual misconduct when he was in high school in suburban Maryland or a student at Yale University.

Mitchell was hired to avoid the optics of an all-male team of Republicans grilling Ford, a lesson learned from the 1991 Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas.

Flake also debunked the partisan conspiracies on both Kavanaugh and Ford. Committee members will again get one round of questions.

I am here today not because I want to be. At least five allegations of assault - all unsubstantiated - have been brought against Kavanaugh.

Judge Kavanaugh responded, "Senator, I'll do whatever the committee wants". The network reports that Senate Judiciary Committee investigators placed a call to Kavanaugh about the accusations on September 25 and he denied the encounter.