Besides the 21 senators, Brett M. Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, a handful of journalists and a very, very small slice of the public, the rest of us will be watching this on television. "I think it's going to be a very important day in the history of our country".
The judiciary committee must vote on Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation before it goes to the full Senate - where the Republicans have a slender 51 to 49 seat majority - for a vote there. I spoke to somebody 38 years ago, and it may not be good, ' " Trump said, adding, "The people that have complained to me about it the most about what's happening is women".
"I was, you know, underneath one of them while the two laughed", she said.
Trump also said "these Democratic senators" are a 'disgrace'. Ford's attorney Debra Katz said her client considers the alleged incident to be an "attempted rape".
Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied all the allegations lodged against him. After Ford's allegations surfaced publicly, Leahy and the other Democratic members of the committee called for the vote on Kavanaugh's nomination to be delayed and for the FBI to investigate Ford's allegations.
Look for whether Democrats succeed in raising the two other women accusing Kavanaugh of misconduct.
Asked for the most vivid memory from that night, she did not name a physical violation. "I witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be gang-raped in a side room or bedroom by a "train" of numerous boys", she wrote. Ford says she eventually escaped.
While Republicans want to move forward, they are mindful of the fallout if they do not take the accusations seriously.
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Trump said that if lawmakers had moved faster, "you wouldn't be talking about it right now, which is frankly what I would have preferred".
Much is already known about Thursday's hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee: Christine Blasey Ford will say Kavanaugh held her down and tried to disrobe her at a party when they were teenagers.
"I've had a lot of false charges made against me", he said.
Ford is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about that allegation on Thursday. Trump's pick also had the lowest approval rating overall of any Supreme Court nomination in the past 30 years.
If Kavanaugh survives what is expected to be tough questioning from Democratic senators on Thursday, the committee could vote on his nomination on Friday, with a final Senate vote early next week.
Kavanaugh is scheduled to testify after Blasey Ford. Deborah Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and thrust his penis in her face while the two were undergraduates at Yale University. In 1991, when Clarence Thomas saw a "high tech lynching" in Anita Hill's sexual harassment accusations, Kavanaugh sees, according to his prepared testimony, "last-minute smears, pure and simple". She said that she and Kavanaugh and a small group of other students were playing a drinking game and were both intoxicated.
The governor told the Burlington Free Press Wednesday that the Senate Judiciary Committee should take its time and investigate sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.