Testifying less than an hour after one of his accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, concluded her account of a drunken Kavanaugh holding her against her will at a high school party and sexually assaulting her, he began his defiant testimony in an emphatic voice that crackled with anger before giving way to tears.
But with televisions across the nation tuned in to the hearing - senators among those riveted to their screens - it was unclear how politicians who will ultimately decide Mr Kavanaugh's fate will assess Ms Ford's credibility. Republicans have hired Arizona sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to ask questions on their behalf.
"I witnessed Brett Kavanaugh consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women during the early 1980s", Swetnick says in her statement, which she signed under penalty of perjury.
Ford also said in her opening statement that she did not have political motivations.
One former Trump official described Ford as a "very credible witness" and said that her sworn testimony had gone "worse than any Republican could have expected".
"I think anybody in their right mind would be terrified but she's not going to let the fear stop her", Guerry said. Avenatti said Wednesday, July 4, 2018, he doesn't owe any money personally and called the court filing "politically motivated". The network reports that Senate Judiciary Committee investigators placed a call to Kavanaugh about the accusations on September 25 and he denied the encounter. Allegations of sexual assault must be taken seriously.
The letter sent to Gardner accused Kavanaugh of violent behavior while under the influence of alcohol during his time working for the investigation led by Starr into then-President Bill Clinton. The vote to confirm Kavanaugh is now scheduled for Friday. Collins is among the few senators who've not made clear how they'll vote.
Two additional women have come forward with accusations against Kavanaugh, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick.
Democrats have embraced the #MeToo movement and see it as a galvanizing force at the midterm elections this November, which are seen as a referendum on Trump.
Kavanaugh denied the incident occurred, that he had sexually assaulted any woman in Rhode Island or that two men injured him and someone named Mark.
And on Wednesday, a woman represented by Mr Avenatti - who shot to fame as the lawyer taking on the president for porn actress Stormy Daniels - made another accusation of misconduct. "Certainly had never reported it to police", Wallace said.
In Russell's statement, he said that he first learned of the assault "around the time we got married".
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