On Thursday, Ford appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee and detailed her allegation that the Supreme Court nominee had sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. Kavanaugh denied the accusation.
Christine Blasey Ford asked if that worked for the members, prompting Grassley to say they're just trying to accommodate her. Ford explained how she was weighing whether to come forward about the incident.
"You say it was Brett Kavanaugh that covered your mouth to prevent you from screaming", the senator said.
Graham said he was sorry for what happened to Swirling and that she needed to go to the authorities.
Dr. Ford opened with an emotional, tearful recount of the alleged sexual attack by Kavanaugh.
Ford went public with her allegations against Kavanaugh on September 16, after Sen. "Democrats' search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist", he wrote.
Republicans have accused Ford and the other women of making unproven allegations and have questioned why they'd not publicly revealed them for decades. In effect, they asked senators to choose which one they believed.
"I want to watch, I want to see, "Mr Trump said at a news conference in NY on Wednesday, adding that he was "open to changing my mind". Echoing Ford, he said he was "100 percent certain" he did not commit the assault.
Kavanaugh was up next, and he, also fighting tears at times, was passionate and furious.
But when Kavanaugh showed up in the same hearing room, it was a different nominee than the mild, overly rehearsed jurist who was interviewed on Fox News earlier in the week. "I yelled, hoping someone downstairs might hear me, and tried to get away from him, but his weight was heavy", Ford said. Then she quickly faded away.
Ms Feinstein criticised Republicans who have rejected Democratic demands to slow Mr Kavanaugh's confirmation process and let the FBI investigate all the allegations, saying: "What I don't understand is the rush to judgment".
Thanks in large part to a disjointed format that featured five-minute segments alternating between veteran sex-crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, a surrogate questioner for the Republicans, and Democratic senators, there was little flow to proceedings after Dr Ford's powerful opening.
"They were laughing with each other", Ford said. "The next day, I told this Committee that I wanted to testify as soon as possible, under oath, to clear my name". Make sure you're registered to vote, so you can make these GOP septuagenarians understand this November that there are consequences to their abhorrent actions.
Heitkamp is running for re-election this year in a state where Trump is popular, and she is under pressure over her vote on Kavanaugh.
"The governor believes there should be a full investigation prior to the process moving forward in any way", Amelia Chasse, a spokeswoman for Hogan, said.
There are now 43 Republicans who have pledged their vote to Kavanaugh, seven short of the 50 votes needed in the Senate. After she was sexually assaulted in her teens by an older man she told her parents, who believed her.
In July, Baker, Hogan and Scott were the lone Republican governors to not sign a letter to Senate leaders offering support for Kavanaugh's nomination.
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