Kavanaugh hearing: Sex accuser Christine Blasey Ford gives lesson on memory

Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh are set to testify at a key Senate hearing

Jeff Flake of Arizona says it's a "tough call" on whether to support Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court after his dramatic testimony on a sexual assault accusation.

"I started my last colloquy to saying to Senator Klobuchar how much I respected her and what she did at the last hearing and asked me a question at the end and I responded by asking her a question and I'm sorry I did". "And we have to ensure that we do due diligence here". Flake earlier on Friday said he would vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation. "What a railroad job", Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono said. She said Trump thought Kavanaugh's testimony was 'powerful, it was riveting and it was honest'.

"You will not drive me out", he said.

That will, of course, throw off the schedule Republican leaders had in mind: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) eyed a quick floor vote on on the nominee, possibly as early as tomorrow. "I will vote to advance the bill to the floor with that understanding".

A wild turn of events on Friday flipped a new FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from a long shot into a sure thing.

It wasn't immediately clear whether "current credible allegations" would mean the Federal Bureau of Investigation would interview only people connected with Ford's case or with some of the other women who have come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh.

The news makes the battle for Senate Republicans to confirm Trump's nominee harder given the GOP's razor-thin majority in the upper chamber.

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"Don't look away from me!"

"I was underneath one of them while the two laughed".

Mr Flake, often a vocal critic of his own party's president, had been outspoken in raising doubts about Judge Kavanaugh in the days leading up to this week's historic hearings. On the other side, there are 47 Democrats voting against Kavanaugh, with Manchin and Montana's Heidi Heitkamp still publicly undecided.

A defiant Kavanaugh came out with guns blazing on Thursday, insisting the assault never happened, accusing Democrats of destroying his reputation and condemning his confirmation battle as a "national disgrace". "I think at that point the country took a step back and people were swayed by Kavanaugh". Two other women - Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick - also levied allegations but were not allowed to testify. "Rushing to judgment would be the ultimate insult to this courageous survivor, but also to the entire community of survivors around the country who have been so inspired and moved by her testimony". Ford testified before the committee on Thursday, alleging that Kavanaugh pinned her down and tried to remove her clothing at a high school party more than 36 years ago.

"Today encompasses so many issues", she wrote, "the extreme partisanship of politics, #metoo, raising boys, leadership, media coverage, sexual abuses that lie deep within our culture".