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The American Bar Association has urged the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate to slow down on the vote on Brett Kavanaugh for a position on the Supreme Court until the Federal Bureau of Investigation has time to do a full background check on claims of sexual assault made by Christine Blasey (blah-zee) Ford and other women.

Since the allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh were first reported in the media in recent weeks, comparisons with the 1991 Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings have been everywhere.

Americans followed the hours of testimony from their homes, in their cars, in offices and in classrooms.

-Associated Press writer Catherine Lucey. Some Democrats have called on Kavanaugh to withdraw and have said an FBI investigation is needed before any Senate confirmation vote. But I never drank beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone.

Tester also said he has "deep concerns about the allegations of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh".

But Connie Cook Saunders, a 52-year-old fitness director for a San Diego athletic club who considers herself a moderate Republican, wasn't swayed by Ford's appearance.

"I welcome whatever the committee wants to do", he said.

On his way to the committee vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, Flake was confronted by a woman who said she was the victim of sexual assault.

Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump and his confirmation would cement conservative control of the Supreme Court with disputes over abortion rights, immigration, gay rights, voting rights and transgender troops possibly heading to the justices soon.

In Mr Kavanaugh's angry and tearful opening statement, supporters saw an expression of the frustration Republicans have felt since he was nominated by U.S. president Donald Trump in July.

The boys' laughter was "indelible in the hippocampus", she said, using her scientific expertise to describe how memories are stored in the brain and adding: "It's locked in there".

"You may defeat me in the final vote, but you'll never get me to quit, never", he said".

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Kavanaugh began his own testimony on a note of barely contained fury. "I am innocent of this charge".

Other candidates for the high court are available, the editors said, concluding, "in a world that is finally learning to take reports of harassment, assault and abuse seriously, it is time to find a nominee whose confirmation will not repudiate that lesson".

And the lawyer for Ford's friend, Leland Ingham Keyser, said in a statement: "Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, without, Dr. Ford". "You know who was in the room, you also remember every single detail".

Adrian Untermeyer, a second-year student at the law school, is one of those who were riveted. Dianne Feinstein of California, asked how she could be sure that Kavanaugh was the attacker, Ford said, "The same way I'm sure I'm talking to you right now". It was a marked shift from Republicans' hesitancy to question Ford.

He also believes Kavanaugh will be confirmed: "Unfortunately, yes". "Clearly this is a passionate man", she said. "She breaks my heart".

But Jen Bradshaw in Quincy, Illinois, who was texting with a girlfriend as they watched Kavanaugh's opening statement, was shocked at his angry demeanour.

"After I have been in the public arena for 26 years without even a hint - a whiff - of an allegation like this".

"Sometimes I had too many beers", he acknowledged.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives to testify with his wife Ashley Estes Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. "It's quite surprising to see him behave in such a partisan manner as someone being considered to be elevated to the highest court in the land", she said.

Sen. Chuck Schumer wrote: "If our Republican colleagues are so certain of Judge Kavanaugh's story, they should immediately demand that the White House order the FBI to reopen the background investigation, and hold off on a vote for several days so all the facts can come out". He said, "We just do the best we can".

The Judiciary Committee vote was initially scheduled for earlier Friday morning, and after Democrats failed to force Grassley to call additional witnesses to testify, some Democratic members on the committee walked out of the hearing. "It was hard for me to breathe, and I thought that Brett was accidentally going to kill me", she said.

At least one thing seemed clear Thursday: The country's awareness and understanding of sexual assault has evolved markedly in the years since. "They are pushing through this process", said Sen. "It makes sense to me women are believed more now than they were back in the 80s".