Trump backs embattled court nominee after fiery hearing

Third Woman Accuses US Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct

Blasey Ford said she had no political motivations.

Earlier two women - Christine Ford and Deborah Ramirez - came out publicly alleging that they were sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh 36 and 25 years ago respectively.

"That neurotransmitter encodes memories into the hippocampus so that trauma-related experience is locked there", she explained at one point about the reliability of her memory.

Blasey Ford said she managed to escape after Judge jumped on the bed, toppling the three on to the floor. Dianne Feinstein of California, asked Ford 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".

At times, Kavanaugh's frustrations boiled over.

The South Carolina senator says Democrats want to "destroy" Kavanaugh's life and hold the seat open in the hope of winning the White House in 2020.

It has become something of a cliche to say that the United States has become increasingly tribal in the era of President Donald Trump, with each side in its own corner, believing what it chooses to believe and looking for reinforcement in the media and politics. Referring to the Constitution's charge to senators in confirming high officials, he said, "You have replaced "advice and consent" with 'search and destroy".

"I'm used to being collegial", Blasey Ford said.

On Wednesday, Donald Trump had not ruled out withdrawing Kavanaugh's nomination, pending the outcome of Thursday's hearing. "His testimony was powerful, honest and riveting", he tweeted.

That changed when it was time for Kavanaugh to testify.

There are now 43 Republicans who have pledged their vote to Kavanaugh, seven short of the 50 votes needed in the Senate. Lisa Murkowski and Maine Sen.

She also said they turned up the volume on music in the room so that she could not scream for help from the other partygoers downstairs. The hearing was a rollercoaster of emotion, with Democrats taking every opportunity to praise Ford's courage in coming forward, while Mitchell delivered the tougher questioning, challenging her on a number of issues, including the circumstances surrounding her polygraph test and her fear of flying.

The hearing kicks off at 10 AM ET and Ford is first up.

But South Carolina Sen. Collins is among the few senators who've not made clear how they'll vote.

Still, even many Republicans who believed Ford was honestly recounting what happened to her took the view that it was a case of mistaken identity, believing Kavanaugh's emotional testimony that was not there and did not attack her. "I don't know if they told their friends, certainly had never reported it to police".

Kavanaugh alternated from anger to tears during fiery testimony. Many others were deeply moved by Ford's testimony.

But Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said of Ford, "She's a good witness". And in that moment, these two 100 percent realities came to embody a society divided into broader realities so disparate and so incompatible that it feels as if two countries are living in the borders of one. According to RAINN, the National Sexual Assault Hotline saw a 147% increase in calls during the day of the hearing.

As nominees to the Supreme Court, Judges Clarence Thomas and Kavanaugh were accused of sexual misconduct.

Republicans are concerned, among other reasons, that further investigations could push a vote past the November elections that may switch Senate control back to the Democrats and make consideration of any Trump nominee more hard.

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