Trump Reaffirms Support For Top Court Pick, Says Testimony Was "Honest"

Senate Judiciary Committee member Jeff Flake questions Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in Washingt

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In a lengthy and emotional confirmation hearing yesterday that was called after Ford's allegations became public, Ford recalled chilling details of the alleged assault saying that she "will never forget the laughter" from Kavnauagh and his friend Mark Judge as the assault took place.

The confirmation process of 53-year-old Kavanaugh has found itself in jeopardy after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced against him as a teenager from a number of women.

During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, Kavanaugh touted his "unanimous, well-qualified rating" from the ABA.

The ABA said the FBI should investigate the numerous sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.

Ford was probed for more than four hours by senators and prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, an expert in investigating sex crimes who was selected by Republicans.

Asked by if he is confident that Kavanaugh can advance out of the committee, he said, "I am optimistic, yes".

After the hearing, and Trump's tweet, Democratic committee member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) asked Ford at the hearing. He said the first and most persistent memories of a traumatic event often come up as these types of feelings, tastes, and sounds. He accused Democrats of an "unethical sham" and warning Republicans that if they vote not to confirm Kavanaugh, they would legitimize "the most despicable thing I've ever seen in my time in politics".

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Ms. Blasey Ford told the committee a day before that she remembers Judge Kavanaugh and Mr. Judge pulling her into a room, turning up music and Judge Kavanaugh groping her and trying to strip off her clothes as he stifled her cries for help.

The nearly nine hours of intensely emotional testimony came against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault and had millions of Americans riveted to their TV screens and smartphones.

"I believed he was going to rape me", Ford is expected to say, according to testimony released Wednesday by her attorney, Debra S. Katz.

"Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him".

Manchin is up for re-election this fall in a state Donald Trump won overwhelmingly and supported Trump's last Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., makes a point during a hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 27, 2018, in Washington. Meanwhile Ford, testified that she was "100%" certain Kavanaugh attacked her.

Trump reportedly advised Kavanaugh to jettison the school choirboy persona he'd taken on during his pre-buttal on Fox News Channel, and go after his accusers more aggressively.

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