Christine Blasey Ford says she remembers "uproarious laughter" of alleged attackers

Third accuser says Kavanaugh had role in sexual assaults

She said the chief impact came in the immediate years after the attack, when she struggled academically and had trouble making friends, particularly with boys. "I believe I was drugged using Quaaludes or something similar placed in what I was drinking", she said in the statement.

Democrats have rallied strongly behind Ford.

Under questioning from Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, Ford said she has suffered from claustrophobia and anxiety as a result of her experience and initially struggled when at college.

Initially anonymous, Dr Ford agreed to testify at a public hearing. She has said he forced her into a room at a high school party, held her on a bed and tried removing her clothes as he muffled her mouth with his hands.

ORIGINAL: Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's hearing began with senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee giving opening statements for 30 minutes.

"We seem, sometimes, to even enjoy that", Flake said. She answered no to both questions. She initially told her husband about it when they were renovating her house, and she begged for a second front door. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that her certainty was "100 percent".

"If I thought he was guilty of something like this, yes, sure", Mr Trump said at a press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY. She admits that there were time lapses.

Trump dismissed the allegations against Kavanaugh as a "big fat con job" orchestrated by Democrats.

Kavanaugh was due to testify later in the day.

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. "That kind of depends upon what happens tomorrow", Grassley said. Mr. Romley, who is also a Republican, said Ms. Mitchell specialized in cases in which victims had long kept quiet about their abuse.

"They're really con artists", Trump said of Democrats.

After expressing concerns about her privacy earlier in the hearing, Ford told Sen. "There has been a frenzy to come up with something - anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious - that will block a vote on my nomination".


"The serious and credible allegations of one woman should have been enough to require a complete investigation by the FBI", they argue.

Her statement accuses Kavanaugh of "highly inappropriate" conduct which included being "overly aggressive with girls" and being a "mean drunk" who made jokes "designed to demean, humiliate and embarrass" women.

Collins said senators should hear from Judge. Not with Mark Judge on a boat, nor all those three things combined.

Mr Kavanaugh could tilt the court conservative for decades.

But Republicans also risk rejection by female voters in November if they are seen as not fully respecting women and their allegations.

Avenatti is best known as the lawyer for Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star known as Stormy Daniels who says she had an affair with Trump before he was elected president.

Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican member of the Judiciary panel who could be a key vote, had his own take. Judge is a boyhood friend of Kavanaugh who has written a book describing the debauchery of his high school years. But the behavior he says he now cringes at does not include sexual misconduct, he argued. "I could pick a woman and she could have charges made against her".

He also provided the committee with detailed calendar pages listing in green-and-white squares the activities that filled his summer of 1982 when he was 17 years old - exams, movies, sports and plenty of parties.

Nothing on the calendar appears to refer to her. In a letter to the committee's leadership, Ford's attorneys said they would not provide any of Ford's medical records of the alleged assault.

Late Wednesday, the committee released a flurry of other documents of unclear significance.

Trump himself has faced multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh has denied that allegation as well.

Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Mary Clare Jalonick, Padmananda Rama, Matthew Daly, Darlene Superville, Jonathan Lemire, Zeke Miller and Deb Riechmann contributed to this report.

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