"Indelible in the hippocampus is the laughter".
"I think with her life, she is just as much a victim of this as I think Brett Kavanaugh", Graham ranted, grotesquely equating Ford with the man she accuses of attempted rape. "Such grotesque and obvious character assassination-if allowed to succeed-will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country", he continues.
Trump himself was "riveted", according to a person close to the president who was not authorized to speak publicly.
"So the point I'm getting to is, we at least can connect some dots here and get some information", Durbin said.
Christine Blasey Ford is sworn in before testifying the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building at the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018. Blumenthal criticized Republicans on the other side of the room who "have been silent" during the hearing. They're hoping for a final Senate roll call next week, seating Kavanaugh on the court for the October start of its new term. "There should be no vote in the Senate".
Mr Trump made clear he was sticking with Mr Kavanaugh, tweeting immediately after the hearing that Mr Kavanaugh's testimony was "powerful, honest and riveting".
The outgoing senator was a friend and fan of Kavanaugh's until the sexual misconduct allegations became public. White House aides have bemoaned the drip-drip-drip nature of the emerging allegations and thought a faster process could have avoided Ford's testimony. He decried his confirmation opposition as a "national disgrace".
United States president Donald Trump has acknowledged that past accusations of sexual misconduct against him have influenced the way he views similar allegations against other men, including his Supreme Court nominee. She says she's 100% certain it did happen.
"The same way that I'm sure that I'm talking to you right now", Ford replied.
"When it comes to where it happened", Graham said, "I still don't know".
Showing their own certainty, Republicans quickly scheduled a recommendation vote for Friday morning in the Senate Judiciary Committee, where they hold n 11-10 majority. 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.
Ford also referred to the "sequelae" of the attack, which is defined as "abnormal conditions resulting from a previous disease". "God help anybody else who gets nominated!" he concluded."Based on what I heard today, you could not get a search warrant or an arrest warrant, cuz you don't know the location, you don't know the time, and you don't have any corroboration".
Senators emerged from Thursday's hearing bitterly split into those tribes, with Democrats persuaded by Blasey's calm and unflustered account of being shoved onto a bed, pawed, almost stripped and prevented from screaming for help, while Republicans were moved by Kavanaugh, who bristled with red-faced outrage and grievance at what he called an orchestrated campaign to destroy his life.
"They don't reach conclusions, you reach conclusions, senator", Kavanaugh said.