Judge wrote that while he and Kavanaugh were friends in high school, they have not "spoken directly in several years".
"I am here today not because I want to be", said the married mother-of-two.
Republicans can advance Kavanaugh's without any support from Democrats, but given their 51-49 seat majority in the chamber, Kavanaugh's supporters can only lose one vote and still advance his nomination.
In his comments about Ford's testimony, Trump said, "certainly she was a very credible witness".
And Thursday, following Kavanaugh's angry performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, when he also claimed the accusations were part of a left-wing conspiracy to keep him off the high court, Trump tweeted his praise. "It takes courage for any woman to speak up about sexual assault, and we need to respect Prof".
"That's a lot of wisdom from a 10-year-old", he said, choking up. Echoing Ford, he said he was "100 percent certain" he did not commit the assault.
Kavanaugh, finding himself more cornered, chose to defend himself and insisted in an interview with Fox News that he was a virgin throughout in his high school days and beyond and that he had never sexually assaulted anybody. And later, to Democratic Sen.
After the Judiciary panel meeting concluded, Grassley told top Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California the plan was "a gentlemen's and women's agreement". Lindsey Graham, R-NC, told CBS News on Thursday. From there, each GOP senator handled his own questions, while Mitchell sat silently nearby. Trump touched on quite a few other subjects during the press conference, including Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whom he said he would "certainly prefer not to" fire, the AP reports.
"I have done everything they have requested and will continue to cooperate", he added. "That's not right", Mitchell said.
"Would you believe me that no study says that this setting in five-minute increments is the way to do that?" An outside prosecutor assisted senators with the questioning.
President Donald Trump has ordered the FBI to reopen the investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
But the U.S. president added that he had given no consideration to the idea of nominating someone else, saying: "Not even a little bit".
Republicans' margin for error in the full Senate is slim.
Both Republicans and Democrats have admitted the confirmation process has been unfair to both Kavanaugh and Ford, whose personal lives have been cast in the spotlight.
But Democrats have not figured out whether they will boycott Friday afternoon's committee vote. Lisa Murkowski, and Maine Sen. "So, it's a question of what do they remember and what are they going to say in the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviews".
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