Democrats had demanded that before any committee action senators should hear from a man Ms. Blasey Ford says was in the room for the assault. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT, asking for a subpoena of Mark Judge, the man who Ford says was present while Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her. Judge has submitted two written statements denying Ford's account of the assault, saying he did not recall the events she described and never saw that behavior from Kavanaugh.
The outgoing senator was a friend and fan of Kavanaugh's until the sexual misconduct allegations became public.
Some experts say Ford's use of scientific brain function has helped lend to her credibility.
She wouldn't even attempt to get a search warrant, she reportedly added.
Before the Senate hearing on Thursday, Ford had never appeared on camera, and was only depicted in news media reports with a grainy photo lifted from the internet.
Kavanaugh came out with guns blazing, nearly as if he could yell the sexual assault allegations away. A week earlier, Hogan had rejected a Democratic state senator's call for Maryland state police to investigate Ford's story.
Immediately following an aggressive line of questioning by Illinois Democratic Sen. Jeff Flake outwardly didn't give an indication of how he will vote before Friday.
Facts of the case aside, the psychology professor's comments before lawmakers in Washington square with what we know about how traumatic memories can be seared into the brains of sexual assault victims.
Ford testifies about her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during a 10 a.m. Thursday hearing. He accused Democrats of an "unethical sham" and warning Republicans that if they vote not to confirm Kavanaugh, they would legitimize "the most despicable thing I've ever seen in my time in politics".
Ford was only questioned by Democrats, while Republicans on the committee left the probing up to Mitchell. She said she found Kavanaugh more convincing than she expected, but said confirming him would be a "huge mistake" because "no one will trust the Supreme Court". He told Kavanaugh that he hopes the nominee ends up on the Supreme Court, saying, "that's exactly where you should be".
Ford also during her sworn testimony that she was "100 percent" certain that it was Kavanaugh who attacked her. Hirono also said Kavanaugh had been "credibly accused" but then lashed out at Republicans for "prejudging" Ford in advance of hearing her testimony.
He suggested a rejection of Kavanaugh's nomination based on these allegations would set a bad precedent as well.
The senator has indicated that his mind is not yet made up about Kavanaugh.