A third woman has come forward accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct

Brett Kavanaugh President Trump's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court

The woman who accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 will testify at a high-stakes Senate hearing on Thursday that could determine whether he is confirmed or rejected.

Kavanaugh strongly denies the accusations of all three women.

But when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement earlier this year and Kavanaugh - respected by many as an appellate court judge - was mentioned as the potential replacement, Blasey Ford grew nervous.

Judge Kavauaugh has said he may have met Ms Ford but denies any assault took place.

"Brett's assault on me drastically altered my life". The visuals the Republicans had feared - male senators attacking a woman who was talking about a sexual assault - were no longer applicable. She supervises attorneys who handle cases involving child molestation, sexual assault and computer crimes against children in Arizona's most populous county. "So when I see it, I view it differently than somebody sitting home watching television where they say oh, Judge Kavanaugh this or that".

"You're a disgusting excuse for a human being, and I don't know how you can live with yourself", one caller said to a member of Grassley's staff who was answering calls.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and professor Christine Blasey Ford will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill today beginning at 10 a.m. ET. "It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me", Ford said.

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But Long says he later anxious about whether Mitchell will be able to do her job in such a highly political environment, despite her adherence to "evidence-based approaches".

The hearing got off to a tense start, exposing the deep partisan divides that have colored the accusations from Ford and other women. There has been a frenzy to come up with something-anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious-that will block a vote on my nomination.

The allegations against Kavanaugh have cast a cultural spotlight on his nomination in light of the "Me Too" movement. That is the kind of judge I am and will always be.

"'I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process". This effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. Death threats against the witnesses' families and lawmakers considering the testimony.

"She wanted out", her 56-year-old husband told the Post. It is morally wrong. They erupted nearly instantly into shouting and general bedlam - and that was before anyone was talking about sexual assault allegations. Those who make allegations deserve to be heard. He also defended hiring an outside attorney to assist with questioning during Thursday's hearing, saying he saw "no basis for complaint [from Democrats] other than just plain politics". She also alleged that she was the victim of a gang rape at a house party in the early 1980s where Kavanaugh was present, but she did not say whether he was involved.

'This is just completely made up, or at least not me. I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends. "I've had many false charges". I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes. "I've always said that women are smarter than men, and I mean it".