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U.S. 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.

Christine Blasey Ford told congress on Thursday that she kept details of her alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh a closely-guarded secret for 36 years - and still has no idea who leaked her confidential letter about it to the media.

Asked about the judge's chances at tomorrow morning's vote, Sen.

Gov. Charlie Baker jumped on Twitter early on calling Ford's accusations against the judge "sickening".

Meanwhile, a Democratic senator who is undecided on Kavanaugh's nomination said she needs to "fully digest" the committee hearing on a sexual assault allegation against him. She claimed that he pinned her to a bed, groped her and tried to pull off her clothes, covering her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream.

"This is not a good process, but it's all we've got", he said, adding that the senators were 21 imperfect people trying to do their best to provide advice and consent.

"This is the most unethical sham since I've been in politics", Graham lashed out, accusing Democrats of deliberately withholding Blasey Ford's assault allegations until the conservative judge's confirmation process was almost complete.

As part of her opening statement, Ford described the thoughts she had during her alleged encounter with Kavanaugh in high school. I read that. They repeated the same thing.

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"So the point I'm getting to is, we at least can connect some dots here and get some information", Durbin said. She said her father was an alcoholic.

Trump reportedly phoned Kavanaugh ahead of Thursday's hearing and urged him to push back forcefully, and many observers interpreted Kavanaugh's aggressive testimony as intended for the president. Ford said Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, who were 17 at the time, were also at the party and appeared to have been drinking heavily beforehand.

Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from CT, told Blasey Ford he found her testimony "powerful and credible". 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".

Ford said she was "willing" but also hoping that the committee or a representative "would come to me, but then I realized that was an unrealistic request".

During the free-wheeling news conference, Mr Trump continued to lash out at Democrats and label the allegations against Mr Kavanaugh politically motivated. "And their having fun at my expense", Ford responded, adding, "They were laughing with each other".

Within moments of the eight-hour proceedings concluding, Trump tweeted his approval of Kavanaugh's performance and called on the Senate to move swiftly to a vote.

The judiciary panel's 11 Republicans - all men - let Rachel Mitchell, a veteran sex crimes prosecutor from Arizona, ask their questions. The format is such that she only gets five minutes at a time, to supplant the five minutes that the Republican senator in line for questioning would get, before it's time for a Democrat to question the witness. Echoing Ford, he said he was "100 percent certain" he did not commit the assault.

"I believe you", he said. Susan Collins. Murkowski and Collins remained largely out of sight on Thursday, although both had said they would be watching the hearing closely.

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