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For his part, Kavanaugh testified he was "100 per cent certain" the alleged incident did not occur. Earlier in the day, Ford said her accusation was "absolutely not" a case of mistaken identity.

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. When it was Kavanaugh's turn, Democrats zeroed in on Kavanaugh's high school behavior at Georgetown Prep just outside of Washington, asking him about how much beer he typically drank during parties and to describe cryptic yearbook messages, which some have surmised contain sexual innuendos.

In opening the hearing, Grassley said, "I want to apologize to you both for the way you've been treated", referring to threats made against Ford and Kavanaugh after her allegation became public. And now, a powerful ally is joining them in that call - an ally which previously supported Kavanaugh.

'Once the press started reporting on the existence of the letter I had sent to Senator Feinstein, I faced mounting pressure, ' said Ford.

Democrats have rallied strongly behind Ms Ford. They're also afraid that maybe somehow they contributed to something and somehow it was their fault.

"Her generally calm and soft-spoken, yet firm, voice seemed consistent with the feminine sex-role", he said.

She alleged that Kavanaugh and others while in high school spiked the drinks of girls at parties with intoxicants to make it easier for them to be gang raped. "But I have never done that to her or to anyone", he will say on Thursday as per the prepared testimony.

America Magazine, a leading Catholic publication, said Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court should be withdrawn.

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She said both agreed to keep the letter confidential, but it was leaked to media outlets on September 14. She told the senators she was "terrified" to testify but felt it was her civic duty to come forward.

Ford said she also sent a tip about Kavanaugh to the Washington Post on July 6, but did not hear back at the time.

But under the committee's procedures, the career prosecutor was limited to five minutes at a time, interspersed between Democrats' questions, creating a choppy effect as she tried piecing together the story.

Despite having more Republicans on the committee, the outcome is uncertain because Sen.

In an election-season battle being waged along a polarized nation's political and cultural fault lines, Trump and most Republicans have rallied behind Kavanaugh, whose confirmation would provide a chance to cement the conservative majority of the court for a generation.

Mr Kavanaugh and Ms Ford are the only witnesses invited to give evidence before the panel. At least two other women have accused Kavanaugh of misconduct in the days since Ford's account emerged.

But Michael Avenatti's client, Julie Swetnick, has claimed that Judge and Kavanaugh did collaborate to inebriate young women for such sessions.