The Weird Rhythm Of The Christine Blasey Ford Hearing

WATCH LIVE: Special coverage of Kavanaugh hearings

WATCH LIVE: Special coverage of Kavanaugh hearings

Jacobson said she was nervous before the hearing started.

Women like Ford are the ones who have mostly raced to protect Brett Kavanaugh - not to mention Donald Trump - because admitting that there was something rotten in their culture would implicate them, too.

Committee Republicans have brought in Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to serve as their outside counsel in an effort to depoliticize the process.

Of the consequences of speaking out, Ford said her "greatest fears have been realised" adding "my family have been the targets of harassment and death threats".

Ford began her testimony by describing the anxiety accompanying her appearance before the committee. "My responsibility is to tell the truth".

A showdown is underway on Capitol Hill, where Brett Kavanaugh's accuser Christine Blasey Ford is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

After expressing concerns about her privacy earlier in the hearing, Ford told Sen.

The Supreme Court nominee has been "incandescent" - as in extremely angry - according to one person involved in his preparation.

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They cite the eleventh hour allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and most recently Julie Swetnick. He vehemently denies Ford's allegations and says that perhaps she was sexually assaulted by someone in some place but it wasn't him. Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegation. Yes, Grassley has provided a pro forma expression of sympathy for Ford's situation, but Feinstein is visibly and emotionally connecting with her, and parrying Grassley's complaints about her decision to protect Ford's confidentiality with largely unanswered questions about his refusal to call other witnesses.

Regarding other allegations - some of which have been anonymous - that have come to the committee since Ford came forward, Kavanaugh has called some of them "ridiculous", his supporters tell CNN. She laughed nervously when Senator Grassley, the Republican chair of the committee, replied that no one made his coffee right. His reaction to Thursday's testimony could be the clearest immediate indicator of Kavanaugh's fate.

"I do not know how I will assess the credibility of these witnesses - these human beings - on the grave matters that will be testified to, because I have not yet heard a word of their testimony", he said.

Kavanaugh's blistering opening statement was a marked departure from Ford's subdued comments, with the Supreme Court nominee delivering an incensed denial of the allegations, saying he's "never sexually assaulted anyone - not in high school, not in college, not ever". This is just completely made up, or at least not me.

In Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing, two Democratic senators with 2020 ambitions - New Jersey's Cory Booker and California's Kamala Harris - took center stage, asking the most aggressive questions and galvanizing both progressive opposition and conservative support.

Senior Senate Democrat Patrick Leahy was among those who questioned her bluntly about the attack, asking about her strongest memory of the incident.

Thursday will be different. A few weeks ago, Kavanaugh's confirmation appeared a done deal, but things have shifted since allegations of misconduct against him surfaced and there are signs that some moderate Republicans are on the fence.

Those four members - Harris, Connecticut Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse's office "concerning a rape on a boat in August of 1985". Amy Klobuchar, a former county attorney - could lean on their prosecutorial experience to press for answers.

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